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

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Architects: Arplan,
Location: Maskavas iela 6, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1050,
Team Leader, Main Architect, Member Of The Board, Head Of The Office: “ARplan” – Rolands Bruzgulis and “A+” – Dace Kalvāne
Area: 57582.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Aivars Silins, Ilze Denisova

TOP store / ARHIS ARHITEKTI

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

Residential complex Ciekurkrasti / AB3D

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

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

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

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

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

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

© Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars

Architects: SAALS Architecture
Location: Krasta iela 31, , LV-4601, Latvia
Architect In Charge: Rasa Kalnina, Maris Krumins
Design Team: Ansis Auzins
Area: 4400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jevgenij Nikitin, Janis Mickevics, Ingus Bajars

Visiting Gunārs Birkerts’s Latvian “Castle of Light”

National Library of , 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

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

“Unwritten” – Latvia’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014

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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

Restaurant “Sēnīte” (1967); Vidzeme highway 37.km / Linards Skuja, Andris Bite, G. Grīnbergs, R. Ozoliņš – Courtesy of The Museum of Architecture of

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) 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

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Architects: Didzis Jaunzems , , Jaunromans and Abele
Location: Koknese, Koknese Parish, LV-5113, Latvia
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maris Lapins

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

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Designed by NRJA + IG Kurbads, their ‘Show Under Skin’ proposal for the reconstruction of the new 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

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Architects: MADE arhitekti
Location: Saldus,
Architect In Charge: Miķelis Putrāms, Linda Krūmiņa, Evelīna Ozola, Uldis Sedlovs, Liena Amoliņa
Graphic Design: Zigmunds Lapsa
Area: 4,179 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ansis Starks

Dzintaru 32 / SZK/Z Architects

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Architects: SZK/Z Architects
Location: Jūrmala,
Project Architect: Uģis Zābers
Design Team: Kristīne Grava, Ilva Cimermane, Alvis Petrovskis
Interior Design: Zane Tetere
Area: 800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Martin Kudryavcev

Spot Studios / Annvil

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Architects: Annvil
Location: Riga,
Designer: Anna Butele
Area: 269 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jurijs Vahrusevs

Library Building in Bauska Winning Proposal / A2SM Architects

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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.

Riga Passenger Terminal Winning Proposal / NRJA

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With the existing Passenger Terminal now outdated and situated in an exclusive location – adjacent to the very center of , the infrastructure needed a new identity and urban response. Therefore, the first prize winning proposal by NRJA envisions the development of the territory and port as a high quality urban environment which offers not only maritime transport, leisure, shopping and business experience but also public space connection to the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Holiday Home at Aluksnes Lake / AB3D Ltd.

© Edgars Gribusts

Architects: AB3D Ltd.
Location: , Latvia
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 386 sqm
Photographs: Māris Lapiņš, Edgars Gribusts, AB3D