Adjaye, Henning Larsen, and wHY are among seven practices shortlisted in an invited design competition to design the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art (LMoCA). The new museum, planned for the center of Riga, Latvia, hopes to become "the most visited art museum in the Baltic States, as well as a cultural arts center of interregional significance." It's collection will feature regional art and visual culture from the 1960s.
The seven shortlisted teams are...
- Adjaye Associates (UK)
- Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki (Finland)
- Caruso St John Architects (UK)
- Henning Larsen Architects (Denmark)
- Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Netherlands)
- Sauerbruch Hutton (Germany)
- wHY (US)
“This new museum is a major initiative for Latvia and will showcase the country’s culture and artistic flair," says Romans Surnačovs, Chair of LMoCAF. "Creating a museum, which can compete with others around the world and establish a distinctive presence on the regional cultural map, is a specialized challenge, so in the competition we have sought to concentrate on international designers who are experienced in this field. However, the project represents an opportunity for seven local practices to shine too in a creative partnership with the international practices. As with any serious creative endeavor, it is the will to contribute knowledge that leads to ultimate success.”
An exhibition of concept designs will take place in late spring. A winner will be announced in late May 2016.
This competition is being organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants.