VOOL is the winner of the interior design competition of the Estonian presidency of the EU Council in 2017


Estonia will be holding the presidency of the EU Council in 2017 in collaboration with VAIKLA STUDIO – Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, Urmo Vaikla and Mikk Meelak / Platvorm – who won the competion of interior design with symbiosis of creative ideas and digital solutions. The winner of the design contest for the design and furnishing of venues for high-level presidency meetings was the entry named VOOL / Flow.

The project team is Urmo Vaikla, Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, Mikk Meelak as the authors in collaboration with Kaisa Lindstöm, Liina-Liis Pihu, Grete Soosalu, Karin Tõugu, Marti Kaljuve and Anu Lill.

As the key presidency events in Estonia will be held in the Tallinn Creative Hub, the Government Office welcomes ideas for the interior design of the working premises that would match with other venues in Estonia and in Brussels. The interior design also had to match the visual identity of the presidency, i.e. support the image of Estonia as a smart e-country with beautiful nature and clean environment. Seven concept proposals were submitted to the design contest, five of which met the requirements of the contest.

“The contest was very successful and we were able to choose between a number of unique and exiting concepts that highlighted both Estonian nature and our digital success,” said the head of the selection board Klen Jäärats, Director for European Union Affairs at the Government Office. “We decided in favour of the VOOL entry because it was something entirely new and interfered with the attractive industrial interior of the Creative Hub as little as possible – only as much as was absolutely necessary. The authors found a balance between new and old, experimental creativity and the work environment. It was this bold, yet gentle interference that clearly distinguished this entry from others. The winning entry’s flexible and multifunctional solution was also the most suitable for the presidency events,” added Jäärats.

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