Great Amber Concert Hall / Volker Giencke

02:00 - 16 November, 2015
© Indrikis Stūrmanis
© Indrikis Stūrmanis
  • Architects

  • Location

    Liepāja, Latvia
  • Area

    16523.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Indrikis Stūrmanis, Aigars Prūsis, Merks Ltd, Giencke&Company

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

Triple Bridge Waterfront Competition Winners Announced

12:00 - 20 September, 2015
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
© 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

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

20:00 - 3 April, 2015
© Aivars Silins
© Aivars Silins
  • Architects

    Arplan · Office Profile, 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 +59

TOP store / ARHIS ARHITEKTI

03:00 - 25 March, 2015
© 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 © Indrikis Sturmanis +17

Residential complex Ciekurkrasti / AB3D

16:00 - 19 March, 2015
© Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ādaži, Ādažu novads, Latvia
  • Area

    154494.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Ansis Starks , Eriks Bozis

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

21:00 - 6 March, 2015
© 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 © Ansis Starks +32

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

01:00 - 25 January, 2015
© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars
© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars
  • Architects

  • Location

    Krasta iela 31, Rēzekne, LV-4601, Latvia
  • Architect in Charge

    Rasa Kalnina, Maris Krumins
  • Design Team

    Ansis Auzins
  • Area

    4400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    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
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
© 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 © Ernests Sveisbergs +15

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

00:00 - 14 June, 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.

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

00:00 - 15 May, 2014
Restaurant “Sēnīte” (1967); Vidzeme highway 37.km / Linards Skuja, Andris Bite, G. Grīnbergs, R. Ozoliņš - Courtesy of The Museum of Architecture of Latvia
Restaurant “Sēnīte” (1967); Vidzeme highway 37.km / Linards Skuja, Andris Bite, G. Grīnbergs, R. Ozoliņš - Courtesy of The Museum of Architecture of Latvia

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

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
© Maris Lapins
© Maris Lapins

© Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins © Maris Lapins +24

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

01:00 - 25 February, 2014
Courtesy of Austris Mailitis
Courtesy of Austris Mailitis
  • Architects

  • 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 +17

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

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
Courtesy of NRJA + IG Kurbads
Courtesy of 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

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
© Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks
  • Architects

  • 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 +37

Dzintaru 32 / SZK/Z Architects

01:00 - 7 August, 2013
© Martin Kudryavcev
© Martin Kudryavcev
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jūrmala, Latvia
  • Project Architect

    Uģis Zābers
  • Design Team

    Kristīne Grava, Ilva Cimermane, Alvis Petrovskis
  • Interior Design

    Zane Tetere
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Martin Kudryavcev

© Martin Kudryavcev © Martin Kudryavcev © Martin Kudryavcev © Martin Kudryavcev +30

Spot Studios / Annvil

00:00 - 7 August, 2013
© Jurijs Vahrusevs
© Jurijs Vahrusevs
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rīga, Latvia
  • Designer

    Anna Butele
  • Area

    269.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Jurijs Vahrusevs

© Jurijs Vahrusevs © Jurijs Vahrusevs © Jurijs Vahrusevs © Jurijs Vahrusevs +15