Estonian architect DAGOpen has won a design competition to create a standardised housing unit for families or small groups in Ukraine.
DAGOpen’s“Hata” design is based on a traditional Ukrainian building in form and layout, and aims to create a bright, welcoming and safe environment.
The prefabricated structure meets many of the standards of the Baukultur Quality System, which was created by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and other international partners.
The architectural competition was created by Estonia’s Ministry of Culture and the Estonian Centre for International Development (ESTDEV). It is described as the “largest ever Estonian-Ukrainian architectural collaboration”.
Andrea Kivi, acting executive director of ESTDEV, said: “The competition gave us a great opportunity to create, in cooperation with Estonian and Ukrainian architects, a new family-type small group home that is suitable for construction throughout Ukraine.”
Andro Mänd, president of the Union of Estonian Architects, said: “Open architectural competitions are very important for Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts, as they present the best opportunity to both create a high-quality living environment and offer an effective way to prevent corruption.”