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Triple Bridge Waterfront Competition Winners Announced

HMMD Competitions has announced the winners of its Triple Bridge Waterfront design competition, which called for designs to transform the Liepaja Canal coastline into a leisure avenue in Liepaja, Latvia.

Divided into four individually functioning zones, the site in question connects the famous Fontaine Palace, Great Amer symphony concert hall, Libava Hotel, the former railway bridge, and the newly proposed park in Zirgu Sala. In their submissions, designers thus had to include a “restaurant/café, nightclub/bar, exhibition space/conference hall, and an unprescribed tourist attraction.”

Entrants were additionally asked to consider the relationship between modern and historic developments and influences, as well as sustainable growth.

“Successful entries to the competition were refined, yet nimble to accommodate a vast site flanked by historic building and exposure to a canal.”

The winners of the competition are:

Rezekne University Department of Engineering / AB3D

  • Architects: AB3D
  • Location: Rēzekne, Latvia
  • Design Team: Juris Mitenbergs, Peteris Spurins, Uldis Tucs, Guna Priede
  • Area: 4916.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ansis Starks

© Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks

Revitalization of Spikeri Square and Daugava Waterfront Promenade / Arplan + A plus Architects

  • Architects: Arplan, A plus Architects
  • Location: Maskavas iela 6, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
  • Team leader, main architect, member of the board, head of the office: "ARplan" - Rolands Bruzgulis and "A+" - Dace Kalvāne
  • Area: 57582.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Aivars Silins, Ilze Denisova

© Ilze Denisova © Aivars Silins © Ilze Denisova © Aivars Silins


  • Architects: ARHIS ARHITEKTI
  • Location: Salacgrīva, Salacgrīvas pilsēta, Latvia
  • Design Team: Andris Kronbergs, Madara Gibze, Paulis Gibze, Evija Runce, Vilnis Uzors, Kristaps Sulcs, Uldis Jaunsubrens, Helvijs Savickis
  • Area: 6989.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Indrikis Sturmanis

© Indrikis Sturmanis © Indrikis Sturmanis © Indrikis Sturmanis © Indrikis Sturmanis

Residential complex Ciekurkrasti / AB3D

  • Architects: AB3D
  • Location: Ādaži, Ādažu novads, Latvia
  • Area: 154494.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ansis Starks , Eriks Bozis

© Eriks Bozis © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks

Wooden Building Reconstruction of Riga School Of Design And Art / Zaigas Gailes birojs

  • Architects: Zaigas Gailes birojs
  • Location: Lāčplēša iela 55, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1011, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge: Zaiga Gaile, Liene Griezīte, Iveta Cibule, Ingmārs Atavs, Ineta Solzemniece-Saleniece, Dāvis Gasuls, Kristīne Riba
  • Area: 897.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ansis Starks

© Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks

Zeimuls, Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia / SAALS Architecture

"There is a legend about King’s daughter Roze who still lives underneath the Rezekne castle mound and waits for the one to bring her into the world… Meanwhile a wizard came on the other side and lifted the earth up. A free space was left there for every little kid in Rezekne to grow up tall, wise and special. And the wizard stuck the pencils into the ground. The teenagers came and climbed up there to show themselves and their great works. Let the gentlemen of Riga to admire!"

Visiting Gunārs Birkerts's Latvian "Castle of Light"

For an article featured in Blueprint Herbert Wright examines Riga's new National Library of Latvia, completed by 89-year-old Gunārs Birkerts this month. Located in one of Latvia's most historic urban settings, the library - locally known as the "Castle of Light" - challenges the city's recent history of Soviet public architecture with a contemporary, if not as equally monumental, cultural edifice. Initially conceived in 1988 now, over twenty five years later, the structure stands as a €163million testament to Latvia's rich academic and public cultural heritage. Earlier this year, "14,000 Latvians formed a 2km human chain to pass books from the old to new libraries." Wright's exploration of this seminal building on Birkert's œuvre is complemented by Janis Dripe's excellent photographic studies of what is certain to be one of the most important Eastern European buildings of this decade.

Pavilion and Workshops for Nature Concert Hall / DJA

  • Architects: DJA
  • Location: Sigulda, Siguldas pilsēta, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge: Didzis Jaunzems, Klinta Pickaine
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ernests Sveisbergs

© Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs © Ernests Sveisbergs

"Unwritten" - Latvia's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

From the Curators. The exposition with the project title Unwritten highlights issues regarding the perception, research, and conservation of Latvian post-War architecture. Unwritten chronicles, in fact, inexistent research on this.

Venice Biennale 2014: NRJA to Establish First-Ever Database of Latvian Post-War Modernist Architecture

The architects of NRJA have been chosen to curate Latvia’s participation at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Based on the assertion that “there is (no) modernism in Latvia,” the pavilion’s exhibition Unwritten will confront the lack of research and evaluation of Latvian post-war modernist architecture. 

View Terrace and Pavilion / Didzis Jaunzems + Laura Laudere + Jaunromans and Abele

© Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins

Riga 2014 Pavilion / Mailitis A.I.I.M.

  • Architects: Mailitis A.I.I.M.
  • Location: Esplanāde, Centra rajons, Rīga, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge: Austris Mailitis
  • Design Team: Jānis Ielejs, Simone Riccomi, AndraOdumāne / Mailitis A.I.I.M.
  • Area: 458.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Austris Mailitis

Courtesy of Austris Mailitis Courtesy of Austris Mailitis Courtesy of Austris Mailitis Courtesy of Austris Mailitis

'Show Under Skin' Riga Theatre Reconstruction Competition Entry / NRJA + IG Kurbads

Designed by NRJA + IG Kurbads, their ‘Show Under Skin’ proposal for the reconstruction of the new Riga Theatre corresponds to the dynamism of the creative process within the theater - minimalist, smooth finish, combined with a twisted in a motion stopped volume.The skin is a multi-functional covering structure which is connected with the historical volume, covering it and combining various features and space dimensions in a single organic volume, also matching different adjacent building heights. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Saldus Music and Art School / MADE arhitekti

  • Architects: MADE arhitekti
  • Location: Saldus, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge: Miķelis Putrāms, Linda Krūmiņa, Evelīna Ozola, Uldis Sedlovs, Liena Amoliņa
  • Graphic design: Zigmunds Lapsa
  • Area: 4179.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Ansis Starks

© Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks

Spot Studios / Annvil

  • Architects: Annvil
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Designer: Anna Butele
  • Area: 269.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jurijs Vahrusevs

© Jurijs Vahrusevs © Jurijs Vahrusevs © Jurijs Vahrusevs © Jurijs Vahrusevs

Library Building in Bauska Winning Proposal / A2SM Architects

Located in the small Latvian town of Bauska, the composition of this winning proposal for the library was dictated by low-rise surrounding buildings and the wish to save valuable heritage on the site – old trees and historical building. In order to harmonically integrate into the environment, A2SM Architects decided to divide the building into a few small volumes instead of a single large building. More images and architects‘ description after the break.