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Mailitis A.I.I.M. Transforms Old Brewery in Latvia Into Science and Arts Hub

06:00 - 27 July, 2016
Mailitis A.I.I.M. Transforms Old Brewery in Latvia Into Science and Arts Hub, Courtesy of Mailitis A.I.I.M.
Courtesy of Mailitis A.I.I.M.

Mailitis A.I.I.M. have revealed their vision for the complete regeneration of the Cesis Beer Brewery, a large complex in the Latvian town of Cesis. The unoccupied factory grounds are comprised of building stock from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, presenting a rich tapestry of Cesis' industrial history. The new master plan sees the site transformed into a vital hub of science and the arts by means of "slow architecture" - a gradual, transformative approach to the design of public space. 

Courtesy of Mailitis A.I.I.M. Courtesy of Mailitis A.I.I.M. Courtesy of Mailitis A.I.I.M. Courtesy of Mailitis A.I.I.M. +16

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.

Architecture deals not only with form. It is about data and material flows, the organization of resources, the mobilization of capacities; it organizes not only static things, but it is also a design of processes. It would be great to understand architecture as an agent with which to communicate processes of material space for the public in a coherent way. Architecture has great tools to present and explain assemblies in sections – plans, maps; architects are capable of processing quite complex flows of information.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +13

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.

Adjaye Associates, working with local firm AB3D, envisioned the museum as a social incubator, a welcoming and porous space where people could be brought together through a variety of formal and spontaneous interactions. The jury found that the proposal’s distinctive silhouette would give the museum a strong presence within its context of planned commercial and residential developments, and that is orientation and materiality showed a keen awareness of the vernacular and cultural contexts.

Erg 6 Apartment Building / Arhitektu Birojs MG Arhitekti

05:00 - 28 February, 2016
Erg 6 Apartment Building / Arhitektu Birojs MG Arhitekti, © Jānis Piņķis
© Jānis Piņķis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ērgļu iela 6, Jūrmala, LV-2015, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge

    Guntis Grabovskis
  • Design Team

    Zanda Zamuška, Inga Gailīte, Agnese Kalniņa, Līva Kalniņa
  • Area

    4284.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Jānis Piņķis © Jānis Piņķis © Jānis Piņķis © Jānis Piņķis +25

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."

Kado Karim Apartment Complex / SZK UN PARTNERI

02:00 - 22 February, 2016
Kado Karim Apartment Complex  / SZK UN PARTNERI, © Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

© Indriķis Stūrmanis © Gatis Rozenfelds © Gatis Rozenfelds © Indriķis Stūrmanis +15

U-R-A's Alberta Square Renovation in Latvia Evokes Maritime and Beverage History

06:00 - 19 February, 2016
U-R-A's Alberta Square Renovation in Latvia Evokes Maritime and Beverage History, Courtesy of U-R-A
Courtesy of U-R-A

U-R-A | United Riga Architects and Evgeni Leonov have won the competition to renovate Alberta Square in Riga, Latvia. The design combines the historical heritage of the site as the location of the first ancient Latvian settlements in Riga with the cultural heritage of Riga Black Balsam, a drink created by medieval pharmacist Abraham Kunce, who lived around the corner from the site.

Great Amber Concert Hall / Volker Giencke

02:00 - 16 November, 2015
Great Amber Concert Hall / Volker Giencke, © Indrikis Stūrmanis
© Indrikis Stūrmanis

© Aigars Prūsis © Indrikis Stūrmanis © Indrikis Stūrmanis © Indrikis Stūrmanis +20

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.

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

05:00 - 8 August, 2015
Rezekne University Department of Engineering / AB3D, © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks
  • Architects

  • 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 +26

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

20:00 - 3 April, 2015
Revitalization of Spikeri Square and Daugava Waterfront Promenade / Arplan + A plus Architects, © Aivars Silins
© Aivars Silins
  • 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

© Ilze Denisova © Aivars Silins © Ilze Denisova © Aivars Silins +59

TOP store / ARHIS ARHITEKTI

03:00 - 25 March, 2015
TOP store / ARHIS ARHITEKTI, © Indrikis Sturmanis
© Indrikis Sturmanis
  • Architects

  • 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 +17

Residential complex Ciekurkrasti / AB3D

16:00 - 19 March, 2015
Residential complex Ciekurkrasti / AB3D  , © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks

© Eriks Bozis © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks © Ansis Starks +18

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

21:00 - 6 March, 2015
Wooden Building Reconstruction of Riga School Of Design And Art / Zaigas Gailes birojs, © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks
  • Architects

  • 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 +32

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

01:00 - 25 January, 2015
Zeimuls, Centre of Creative Services of Eastern Latvia / SAALS Architecture, © Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars
© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars

© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars	+30

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.

Pavilion and Workshops for Nature Concert Hall / DJA

01:00 - 17 August, 2014
Pavilion and Workshops for Nature Concert Hall / DJA, © Ernests Sveisbergs
© Ernests Sveisbergs
  • Architects

  • 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 +15

"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.