From Excavation to Elevation

Tallinn, Estonia
Team members
Kaarel Kuusk
Maria Helena Luiga
Henri Papson
Hannes Praks
Sven Samyn
Andrea Tamm
Malvo Tominga

Studio kuidas.works was founded in 2021 by a group of designers, architects and builders, recent students and professors of Estonian Academy of Arts. Kuidas.works focuses on promoting and researching ecological building solutions and is currently working on NGO basis. Studio has worked on public exhibitions looking at uses of ecological materials and technologies with the main interest of site-specific earth-based building solutions.

Besides studio team members of kuidas.works currently also work and study in various companies and universities related to architecture and construction.
Andrea Tamm - founder and designer of kuidas.works + sustainable architecture strategist at the Estonian Center for Architecture, member of Estonian Association of Interior Architects
Maria Helena Luiga - founder and designer of kuidas.works + currently studying in The Royal Danish Academy (MArch)
Hannes Praks - founder and designer of kuidas.works + head of Estonian Architecture Centre, member of Estonian Architects Association
Henri Papson - founder and designer of kuidas.works + graphic designer
Sven Samyn - designer at kuidas.works + currently studying in Estonian Academy of Arts, interior architecture department
Malvo Tominga - building specialist of kuidas.works, alumnus of the Viljandi University of Culture Academy, National Construction (MA), founder of Wanawiisi Ehitus OÜ founder
Kaarel Kuusk - designer, builder of kuidas.works, alumnus of the post-master's program Base Habitat at the University of Linz

2023 “Restaurant 0” longlisted in Mies Awards 2023 and Dezeen Awards 2022 in category of sustainable interior
2022 “Restaurant 0” Annual Award laureate of Interior Architecture 2021
at the annual Estonian Architectural Awards gala
2022 Architectural Association of Ireland Award for the exhibition “Woodworks” curated by Alder Architects and B210 Architects

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From Excavation to Elevation is an ongoing research and concept development seeking how to valorize excavated and disregarded earth of building sites.
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