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Three aspects - the reconstruction strategy for the building of the Latvian National Museum of Art building in Riga.Considering unique architecture of the building, its importance of representation and significant contribution to the cultural heritage the proposed extension strategy is based on:- preservation of the existing building capacity and authentic details;- clearly expressed modern volume and subtle minimal design of the additional spaces needed for renewal and extension of museum functions;- redesign of the functional strategy of the existing building, that would allow more efficient use of the existing building and ergonomic integration of the extension.Following these aspects we offer functionally and aesthetically balanced project of the restoration, reconstruction and extension of the building of the Latvian National Museum of Art, preserving the building as historical urban landmark and giving to it modern functionality.
Aspect of heritageThe current Museum building, which is regarded as a national architectural monument, listed building of State significance No. 6530 and is one of the most representative architectural objects of Riga. According to the project, Restoration with maximum preservation of the functional building elements is intended, using the modern technology, while maintaining the original decorative elements unchanged
Aesthetic aspectWe offer to solve problem of shortage of exposition space by adapting an existing unused building space, and additional functions as well as new exhibition spaces to concentrate in the new extension, designed below ground level. By placing new extension below ground level it is possible to maximize the preservation of historical urban landmark. Exceptional architectural museum building is added only neutral concrete court with a symbolic amphitheater in brass.
The functional aspectWorking on modernization of the building of the museum we have concentrated on design of the functional strategy, putting attention on redistribution of space and logical classification, grouping and connection making of the existing and future museum premises and functions. In response to the needs of the museum, we have made came to the such a functional approach:- Leaving the site free of new ground-based volumes, we propose install space for temporary exhibitions, storages with restoration workshops and ancillary facilities in a new extension below ground level.- Over the underground extension, in between park and the museum building we propose the square - stylized social space with outdoor café, a video projection, art installations in the open air and other public events.- The ground floor we suggest to adapt for museum’s administrative and public functions - classrooms, cafeteria / restaurant, conference hall, children's education classes that could be accessible both from the street and the park side. New stairs in the central part of the building connect ground floor with new extension and main hall on the first floor.- In addition to existing exhibition space in the old building we propose to use cupola and part of now unused attic as exposition spaces. According to the requirements for exposition space we propose to install skylights with natural light control and UV filters.- For convenient and practical use we propose to redesign part of the roof in a way that it would accommodate terrace with picturesque panoramas while allowing natural light in to second floor exhibition galleries through original skylights. The impressive cupola space could be utilized for temporary installations and for access to the roof terrace.
Public squareMain purpose of the square is to serve as a platform for public gatherings and to extend museums possibilities to display art objects. Monolith concrete surface is proposed for easier functional use also exposes old museums iconic shape as a sculpture itself and clearly marks museum extension structure with corresponding landscape elements.In the middle of the square we propose amphitheater with 9 X 9 m glass covered atrium at the bottom of it that visitors could watch through it everyday life of the museum while working as a skylight for exhibition space.
Status: Competition 1st place 2010, technical project 2011-2012, completion 2015;Location: Riga, Latvia;Program: V. Neimaņa building: restoration and new exhibition halls in the cupola and attic spaces. 1st floor replanned to include conference hall, cafeteria, book shop, kids education rooms and museum administration offices.New extension – 3 exhibition halls, artwork storages, restoration workshops, supporting and technical premises;Space: 8 250 m²; public space 2 500 m²;Team: Architects:Processoffice: Vytautas Biekša, Rokas Kilčiauskas, Marius Kanevičius, Giedrius Špogis, Ježi Stankevič, Austė Kuliešiūtė, Miglė Nainytė, Giedrė Datenytė, Mantas Petraitis, Sandra Dumčiūtė, Povilas Marozas, Sandra Šlepikaitė;
Andrius Skiezgelas Architecture: Andrius Skiezgelas, Gilma Teodora Gylytė, Rasa Mizaraitė;Restoration: Arhitektoniskās Izpētes Grupa: Artūrs Lapiņš, Marina Mihailova, Guntars JansonsStructural engineering: Būve un Forma: Jānis Prauliņš, Jānis Krasts, Kaspars Šņore, Olga Opolčenova, Solvita Šņore, Māris Grāvītis;
Climate, water supply and sewer systems: Būve un Forma: Jeļena Uspenska, Tatjana Grava, Sergejs Pivovarovs, Rasa Vilka;
Fire safety: US&L: Genādijs Kuzmins, Alina Kavalera, UG Projekts: Juris Šmits;
Electrical and low voltage systems: Daina-EL: Ingus Mozaļevskis, Eduards Lūsis, Ilgvars Kozlovs, Viktors Grinčuks, Lafivents: Andris Krūmiņš, Nikolajs Bogdanovs, Telekom Serviss: Igors Musijenko;
Lighting consultants: Think light, Moduls;
Landscape: Ainavu arhitekti: Daiga Veinberga, Līga Valdmane;
Visualization: Vilius Žeimys;
Photography: Norbert Tukaj