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"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. 

'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.

Floating Barn Proposal / NRJA

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Courtesy of NRJA

Floating Barn is a lakeside residence designed for long Latvian summers. The two-story house features living spaces, a bathroom and a small deck on the first floor, and a sleeping area is located on the second floor. By using one material for both walls and roofs, a homogenous look is achieved. The pontoon base of the house features storage tanks for clean water, filtered graywater and fuel.

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  • Architects: NRJA
  • Design Team: Uldis Lukševics, Ivars Veinbergs, Linda Leitāne-Šmīdberga
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of NRJA

8 Blacks / NRJA

  • Architects: NRJA
  • Location: Kuldīgas novads, Latvia
  • Architects: NRJA - Uldis Luksevics, Ieva Lace, Linda Leitane, Ints Mengelis
  • Area: 461.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Gatis Rozenfelds

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Järva Cemetery / NRJA

Entrance © NRJA
Entrance © NRJA

Our friends from NRJA (be sure to view previous NRJA projects on AD, especially their 2009 Building of the Year House) shared their finished competition entry for a cemetery in Järva Common, Stockholm with us.  Designing a cemetery is a difficult challenge as it is a place filled with symbolic importance and infused with a commitment to offering hope.   The architects decided that this new cemetery will provide a place where the identity of the site is defined not only by the environmental quality of the space and its historical importance, but also by the project’s emphasize on concentration on the memory of the deceased.

More images and more about the project after the break.

2 Sisters House / NRJA

  • Architects: NRJA
  • Location: Langstini, District of Riga, Latvia
  • Project Team: Uldis Luksevics, Martins Rusins
  • Structural Engineer: Aigars Fridrihsons
  • General Contractor: Abi Buve
  • Area: 1530.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Courtesy of NRJA

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NRJA proposal for Beirut's House of Arts and Culture

NRJA, previously featured on our AD Futures series, shared their entry for the House of Arts and Culture competition in Beirut, Lebanon.

Project description and images after the break.

In Progress: Z Towers / NRJA

This project by young Latvian architects NRJA (previously featured on AD) is currently under construction. The complex, in Riga, Latvia, includes 2 towers (29 and 30 stories each), connected by a floor bridge. It also includes a 4-stories podium. Completion is expected durin 1st quarter 2010.

Architect´s description, more renderings and construction photos after the break. You can also watch the construction site via webcam.

House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA

  • Architects: NRJA
  • Location: Saka, Latvia
  • Architects: NRJA (Uldis Luksevics, Martins Osans)
  • General Constructor: RBS Skal
  • Client: Una and Andris Vitolins
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2002

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