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Malitis Architects' Proposal for Latvian Pavilion in Expo Dubai 2020

11:00 - 19 August, 2019
Malitis Architects' Proposal for Latvian Pavilion in Expo Dubai 2020 , Courtesy of Mailitis Architects
Courtesy of Mailitis Architects

"Sounding Forest” is a finalist proposal for the Latvian Pavilion in Expo Dubai 2020, designed by Malitis Architects. The project was granted the 1st prize in the first phase of a national competition in Latvia. The interactive installation puts in place an artificial forest made of piano strings, generating a playful dialogue between the installation and the visitors.

Teamakers Guest House Competition Results Announced

07:30 - 30 July, 2019
Teamakers Guest House Competition Results Announced, First Prize Winner. Image © Johann Evin
First Prize Winner. Image © Johann Evin

Bee Breeders has announced the winners of the Teamakers Guest House competition, calling for design proposals for an eco-friendly, cost-effective accommodation to house visitors to the Ozolini teamakers retreat, situated in a forest 100 kilometers southeast of the Latvian capital of Riga.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Gauja Footbridge Competition

13:00 - 22 July, 2019
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Gauja Footbridge Competition, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has revealed the winners of the Gauja National Park Footbridge competition. The Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia paired up with Bee Breeders to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Latvia's largest national park. Teams were asked to create a footbridge marking the park's entry to serve as an architectural landmark that adds to the park's existing collection of 500 cultural and historical monuments, including medieval castles and towns.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Poet Huts Competition

13:00 - 28 June, 2019
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of the Poet Huts Competition, A garden within a garden. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
A garden within a garden. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders has revealed the winners of the 2019 Pāvilosta Poet Huts Competition. The project brief asked designers to submit proposals for a writers community in the small coastal fishing village of Pāvilosta, Latvia. The small writers retreat needed to accommodate selected poets with free board visiting for short periods to produce their work. The submissions included a range of building typologies, from isolated cabins scattered across the site, to single buildings focused on community experience, to towers offering views to across Pāvilosta.

"Together and Apart": The Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 15 June, 2018
"Together and Apart": The Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale, © Ansis Starks
© Ansis Starks

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Latvian Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Highlight Turning Points in 20th Century Apartment Block Design.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Selected in Competition for Redevelopment of Riga Historic Quarter

14:25 - 22 March, 2018
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Selected in Competition for Redevelopment of Riga Historic Quarter, Surfaces and facades are constructed from recycled brick. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Surfaces and facades are constructed from recycled brick. Image Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been selected to design the redevelopment of Kimmel Quarter, a historic district in the heart of the Latvian capital of Riga, after an international competition. The 19th-century Kimmel Brewery complex, now mostly abandoned, will be transformed into a mixed-use center featuring a new office building, hotel, and an array of public facilities. Schmidt Hammer Lassen was one of eleven participants, with firms such as Henning Larsen and Zaha Hadid invited to the open competition.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Amber Road Trekking Cabins Competition

06:00 - 30 November, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Amber Road Trekking Cabins Competition, First Place. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Place. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders have announced the winners of the Amber Road Trekking Cabins competition for the Latvian Baltic Coast. The competition sought proposals for low impact, transient and inhabitable infrastructure to support a planned hiking network along vast topographies of the Latvian Baltic Coast. The winning projects considered the various landscape elements of the site including pine trees, dunes, and white sand beaches while responding to programmatic requirements - economy, constructability, environmental sensitivity and utilitarian function.

Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Pape Bird Observation Tower Competition

06:00 - 28 November, 2017
Bee Breeders Announces Winners of Pape Bird Observation Tower Competition, First Prize. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders
First Prize. Image Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Bee Breeders have selected the winners for the Pape Bird Observation Tower competition, which saw participants submitting designs for a new bird observation station located in the Nica and Rucava Municipalities in the South Western region of Latvia. The competition is the first in a series organized by Bee Breeders in collaboration with Pasaules Dabas Fonds, Latvia's leading nature conservation fund. The competition asked for proposals for a tower that would replace a previous tower that was struck by lightening.

The Architect as Educator: Remembering Gunnar Birkerts

10:30 - 23 November, 2017
The Architect as Educator: Remembering Gunnar Birkerts, The Latvian National Library (2014). © <a href=“https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riga_Petrikirche_Blick_vom_Turm_zur_Nationalbibliothek.JPG”>Wikimedia user Zairon</a> licensed under <a href=“https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/“>CC BY 4.0</a>. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User Zairon
The Latvian National Library (2014). © Wikimedia user Zairon licensed under CC BY 4.0. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User Zairon

Gunnar Birkerts, Latvian-born architect and educator, passed away on August 15, 2017, at the age of 92. A passionate advocate of a creative process he called "organic synthesis," he leaves behind dozens of built works over three continents and influenced hundreds of architectural students and colleagues through his inquiry-based process and dynamic interactions. Eric Hill and John Gallagher, in their AIA Guide to Detroit, said of Birkerts’ architecture:

Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Highlight Turning Points in 20th Century Apartment Block Design

04:00 - 23 October, 2017
Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Highlight Turning Points in 20th Century Apartment Block Design, © Ieva Raudsepa
© Ieva Raudsepa

The Latvian Ministry of Culture have announced Together and Apart: 100 Years of Living as the theme of the Latvian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Urbanist Evelīna Ozola, architect Matīss Groskaufmanis, scenographer Anda Skrējānem, and Director of the New Theatre Institute of Latvia Gundega Laiviņa will highlight "ideological turning points from the last one hundred years," presenting ways in which "architectural projects and processes of apartment blocks have embodied different ideas about living together and building a nation."

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