Location: Riga, Latvia
Area: 89968.0 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Indrikis Sturmanis
From the architect. Site plan solution
The project is a two-storey building volume, forming a sharp angle in the plan occupies North-Northeast part of the land plot. The visitor parking lots are located on the ground level on South-Southwest sides of the building. The multi-storey parking lot is located on Southwest part.
The main entrances to the building are formed at three most significant points of the building – the corner part of the building that faces towards the main street, the corner part of the building that faces the main access road to the territory, and the building area which is close to multi-storey parking lot.
Commonly active elements, with decorative/informative purpose, are placed in the areas next to main entrances – flag poles, information signs, advertising stands, benches, bicycle parking stands, as well as taxi parking lots and special parking lots for vehicles of disabled people. All territory is greened and landscaped.
The spatial solution foresees creation of a two-story building volume with horizontal roof and façade in a single dynamically bent ribbon-like form. The active façade image expresses the dynamic nature of the spot (direct proximity to Island bridge and transport sections) and it is basically perceived from distant and dynamic points of perception. The dynamics of the building façade are reinforced by use of multi-colored metal clusters. The roof form has a special meaning being easily perceived from distant viewing points. The multi-story parking takes a form of a three-story building body with reinforced concrete façade.
The commercial and entertainment complex is formed as a single building volume on two stories with internal two-level shopping street along the longitudinal direction. Commercial, recreational and entertainment objects of different nature and area are adjacent to the main axis – “the central street”. Direct connection to the multi-story parking lot is made at level +6.000. The largest functional object, the hypermarket, is located at the North end of the building. Multiplex cinema is located above the hypermarket. On the second floor of the Eastern part of the building there is an entertainment complex. The first and the second floors are interconnected by elevators, escalators and stairs.
Basically the façade is made as a single architectural form based on the idea of a national waist-belt. On the whole the façade forms a common ribbon-like composition around the building volume, which is seemingly elevated at the places of main entrances thus forming the three main entrance sections. The façade finishing is made out of dense and perforated multi-color cassette-type panels aligned into bands, increasing the building dynamics on the whole. During the dark time of the day these dynamics are reinforced by the luminaries placed behind the perforated panels. The entrance door areas within the façade are formed as glazed façade systems with sliding and revolving entrance doors.