Riga Accoustic Concert Hall
Music is the most ancient and emotional of the arts, and Latvians claim a long and affectionate relationship with it. The competition brief was to design a contemporary performance hall and a home for three professional organizations – the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian State Choir and the Riga Chamber Orchestra. The arrangement of clearly defined public spaces, three performance halls with ancillary spaces and staff areas was located on the northern part of the site and linked to the left bank by a new bridge for cars and a narrower bridge for pedestrians. There is an underground car park with links to the car parks of adjacent office buildings. The faceted composition of the volumes and the cladding of reflective, clear glass and ceramic panels ensure colour variations in response to changing natural light, at the same time maintaining the integrity of the structure. The concentration of the program on the northern part of the AB dam ensures the promenade as a landscaped area offered to the city visitors.