Renovation of the building of the former Red Cross Hospital in Riga, Jana Asara Street 3 has been finished. The building, built in the style of neoclassicism holds the status of an architectural monument, has been reborn as a modern medical institution that will serve the function the original building was built for more than 100 years ago.
Authors of this reconstruction project are architects Liga Apine and Maris Perkons. As part of the first stage of reconstruction, 3,700 m2 of the building’s area was renovated and reconstructed. The first floor of the building was completely reconstructed, as was the building’s façade and all of the supporting structures were restored. The project was ordered by Medicīnas sabiedrība ARS.
«The project for the renovation of the Red Cross Hospital proved a serious professional challenge because it is an important object in the cityscape environment. It also stands as an architectural example of its time. Because of that, modern requirements for medical institutions are very different to those of 100 year ago,» – notes the author of the project, architect Maris Perkons.
The grandiose building, which is a national cultural monument, was finished in 1912 for the needs of the Red Cross. The hospital was opened for patients in 1919. It was initially intended for surgeries and training of sisters of mercy. Based on the project by architect Aleksandr Klinklava, an additional ward was added to the hospital in 1933. During the years of Latvia’s independence, the hospital functioned as a Red Cross Hospital. Sometime later, it was renamed as Riga’s 4th Hospital. The last tenants left the hospital in 1995. Nearly 20 years later, it was possible to find new owners. They decided to restore the building to its former glory.
Very soon, an ARS Diagnostic Clinic will be opened in the hospital. It will offer private medical services. Medicīnas sabiedrība ARS plans to continue renovation work in order to restore the building in full.