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Seven teams of architects to compete in design contest of Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSeven teams of international architects will compete with each other in a design contest organized by Latvian Museum of Contemporary art. Latvian architects are invited to apply for participation before 8 February 2016.

The contest’s model provides that the museum’s architectural image will be developed through collaboration between Latvian and foreign architects. The following foreign architect bureaus will take part in the contest of Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art:

Adjaye Associates (UK)

Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki (Finland)

Caruso St John Architects (UK)

Henning Larsen Architects (Denmark)

Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Holland)

Sauerbruch Hutton (Germany)

wHY (USA)

Chairman of the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation Romans Surnacovs says: «One requirement for foreign architects is to develop the design in collaboration with Latvian architects. This provides the contest with a requirement to not only use international experience but also adapt it in accordance with local customs and context – history of the location, habits in the artistic environment and mentality of the people that visit the museum, as well as architectural traditions in Riga and climate. All this will help reflect the mission of the museum in its building – make it a welcoming, popular place for meeting, inspiration and wonder.»

Application submission period has been extended to last until 8 February. It is possible to apply here: http://ejuz.lv/6kk.

Foreign architects will arrive in Latvia at the end of February 2016 to meet with their local colleagues and begin their work. It is planned that the contest will last until May 2016.

Architect teams that will not be selected for future cooperation will be paid remuneration or royalty. One team will continue its work on the museum’s design. The budget for the project is EUR 30 million, which is privately financed by ABLV Charitable foundation and Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation.

Information about participating architect bureaus:

Adjaye Associates (UK)

Founder of Adjaye Associates (2009) David Adjaye has worked on museum projects all over the world, including several projects in USA – Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Smithsonian National African American History and Culture Museum in Washington DC, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. In London, David Adjaye has worked on Marianne Goodman Gallery. Organizers of Venice Art Biennale had asked him to adapt enormous warehouses of a 16th century shipyard for museum needs and create there a big performance hall. In 2013, Adjaye Associates received an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects for the Francis Gregory Library project in USA and British architectural award for the success on the US market.

More information: www.adjaye.com

Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki (Finland)

Finnish Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki is known around the world as authors of sustainable architecture designs. Their designed Finnish Nature Center Haltia received Europe’s Museum of the Year award’s special recognition for longevity last year. Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki have created designs for multiple museums and art centres. It is worth mentioning multiple institution buildings in Finland – the Kaustinen Folk Art Centre, Kotka Maritime Museum and Exhibition Center Vällamägi, the Finnish Forest Museum and Information Centre Punkaharju. They were also the ones who designed the Polish Jewish History Museum in Warsaw. The museum in Poland received the Finland’s first Award for Architecture. Polish Architects’ Association recognized it the best building of 2013 and the project was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2015.

More information: www.ark-l-m.fi

Caruso St. John Architects (UK)

Founders of Caruso St. John Architects Adam Caruso and Peter St.John have 25 years of experience working together, including in the field of designing art spaces. Most of those projects were carried out in the UK – Walsall New Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary art centre as well as Newport Street Gallery in London intended for Demiena Hirst’s personal art collection. Caruso St. John Architects have been working on Tate Britain museum’s building since 2007. This architect bureau also designed the Gagosian gallery space in London, Paris, Rome and Hong Kong.

More information: www.carusostjohn.com.

Henning Larsen Architects (Denmark)

Henning Larsen Architects is a Scandinavian international architect bureau. This bureau has worked on important cultural and education buildings, office buildings and different cityscape projects. In Denmark they designed the archaeological and ethnographic museum Moesgaard and Ny Carlsberg Glytotek art museum. In Sweden they created the Umeå University Art Museum and in Iceland – Harpa concert hall and conference centre. This architect bureau received European Civic Trust Award multiple times in the past and for its project of the concert hall in Iceland the bureau was awarded Mies van der Rohe Award in 2013.

More information: www.henninglarsen.com

Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Holland)

Neutelings Riedijk Architects is experienced in designing complicated public buildings. This bureau gained a lot of experience designing museums, theatres, concert halls and libraries. Among the accomplishments of this architect bureau are MAS Museum in Antwerp, multiple notable buildings in Holland – Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Museum and Library Eemhuis Amersfoort and Rozet Arnhem culture hall – and STUK art centre in Belgium. Projects of this bureau were nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award multiple times. In 2014 their designed Arnhem project received Dutch best building award.

More information: www.neutelings-riedijk.com

Sauerbruch Hutton (Germany)

The work done by architecture, cityscape and design company Sauerbruch Hutton is best described with sustainable urban architecture. The company’s portfolio consists of Brandhorst Museum of Contemporary Art in Munich, M9 culture centre and 20th century museum in Venice, Emmanuel Church in Cologne and German conceptualist Karin Zander’s artist workshop. Sauerbruch Hutton’s church project in Cologne received German Architecture Award in 2015. Sauerbruch Hutton was founded in 1989 by Louise Hutton and Matthias Sauerbruch in London. In 1992, the bureau relocated to Berlin.

More information: www.sauerbruchhutton.de

wHY (USA)

This architect bureau based in Los Angeles and New York has a lot of experience working with designs of cultural and education buildings. Their work can be best described as flexible, functional and innovative. The bureau’s designed Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan was the first newly-built museum building that received a gold rating of LEED certificate for ‘green design’. This bureau also designed the Kentucky Speed ​​Art Museum and Pomona College Arts Faculty building in California. This architect bureau was founded by Kulapat Yantrasast in 2004. He is the first Thai architect to receive Thailand’s Ministry of Culture Award Silpathron Award for contribution to design.

More information: www.why-site.com

About Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

LMCA’s vision is to become the most visited art museum in Baltic States and an interregional cultural and artistic centre that will regularly organize exhibitions featuring programmes of museums from other countries.

The museum is planned to be made as a ‘diffused museum’ or a ‘museum of a new genre’ that will present itself not only as storehouse of knowledge, but also a knowledge generator. The museum’s main directions will be as follows: exhibitions, creation and presentation of collections, research, education and social activities.

It is planned that the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art will be located in New Hanza City finance and recreation centre. NHS is being developed on a 24.5 ha in the quarter of Hanzas Street, Pulveza Brieza Street, Skanstes Street and Sporta Street. In is planned that the founders of the aforementioned foundation will invest at least EUR 30 million in this project.

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  1. Andris says:

    Why isn’t it called the Latvian Gallery of Contemporary Arts????

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