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Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa Competition

12:00 - 26 March, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Blue Clay Country Spa Competition, First Prize: Blue Clay Country Spa / João Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, João Tavares, and Paulo Dias. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize: Blue Clay Country Spa / João Varela, Ana Isabel Santos, João Tavares, and Paulo Dias. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has released the results of their Blue Clay Country Spa competition, which asked participants to design a non-urban ecotourism facility in Latvia. The competition invited students and professionals to “interrogate the inherent tensions between subject and object, [and] building and site,” as well as to “engage the agency of typological form—including, for instance, the courtyard, shed, garden, and pavilion.”

Inflatable ETFE Roofs Give This Resort its Pinecone-Like Forms

08:00 - 16 March, 2017
Inflatable ETFE Roofs Give This Resort its Pinecone-Like Forms, Courtesy of 3GATTI
Courtesy of 3GATTI

Focussing on prefabricated and sustainable means of construction, Italian practices 3GATTI Architecture Studio and OFL Architecture have envisioned an airy forest resort and spa in the historical region of Kurzeme, Latvia. The Pinecones Resort does its name justice by the spiky cone-like units that inhabit the site, made possible through the use of an inflatable roof constructed from ETFE, a lightweight polymer film.

Steven Christensen Architecture Wins AAP Award with Liepāja Thermal Bath and Hotel

16:00 - 8 January, 2017
Steven Christensen Architecture Wins AAP Award with Liepāja Thermal Bath and Hotel, © Steven Christensen Architecture
© Steven Christensen Architecture

Santa-Monica-based Steven Christensen Architecture has won the 2016 AAP American Architecture Prize for Recreational Architecture, with its design for the Liepāja Thermal Bath and Hotel in Latvia.

PLH Arkitekter Wins Rail Baltica Competition with Arch-Inspired Infrastructural System

12:00 - 10 December, 2016
PLH Arkitekter Wins Rail Baltica Competition with Arch-Inspired Infrastructural System, Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter
Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter

PLH Arkitekter has been announced as one of two winners in the international design competition for Rail Baltica, organized by The European Railroad Lines, Ltd. As a part of the European transport network, Rail Baltica will be a multi-modal public transport hub in the Latvian capital of Riga, with a railway bridge crossing the Daugava River. 

Inside "The Baltic Pavilion" at the 2016 Venice Biennale

07:00 - 20 June, 2016
Inside "The Baltic Pavilion" at the 2016 Venice Biennale, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Adjaye Associates Selected to Design Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

10:15 - 16 June, 2016
Adjaye Associates Selected to Design Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art, © Malcolm Reading Consultants
© Malcolm Reading Consultants

The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation has selected Adjaye Associates to lead the design for a new contemporary art museum in downtown Riga. Selected from a pool of 7 finalists including wHY and Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, the winning design features a strongly animated roof geometry designed to pull soft northern light into each of the gallery spaces.

Curators Reveal Theme for Inaugural Baltic Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

04:30 - 25 February, 2016
Curators Reveal Theme for Inaugural Baltic Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, Lasnamae – Tallinn, 2016. Image © David Grandorge
Lasnamae – Tallinn, 2016. Image © David Grandorge

The Baltic Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, representing Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, will explore the "transformative efforts at play" that are currently "reprogramming an inert region beyond the delineations of separate nation states." It "intends to explore the built environment of the Baltic States as a shared space of ideas." Located in Enrichetto Capuzzo's Palasport Arsenale Giobatta Gianquinto, a Brutalist architecture sports hall located next to the Arsenale, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a series of related events that will be presented in the form of a cross-section through Baltic space unfolding as "a non-linear stratigraphy."

Triple Bridge Waterfront Competition Winners Announced

12:00 - 20 September, 2015
Triple Bridge Waterfront Competition Winners Announced, First Prize: Sun Yu and Zhao Xue. Image Courtesy of HMMD Competitions
First Prize: Sun Yu and Zhao Xue. Image Courtesy of HMMD Competitions

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.

Visiting Gunārs Birkerts's Latvian "Castle of Light"

00:00 - 22 August, 2014
Visiting Gunārs Birkerts's Latvian "Castle of Light", National Library of Latvia, Riga
National Library of Latvia, Riga

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.

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

00:00 - 14 June, 2014
"Unwritten" - Latvia's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

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.

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