Hanzas Perons. Former cargo station transformed into Culture Venue.

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Restoration and Renovation
  • Company/Firm
    Sudraba Arhitektura
  • Lead Designer
    Reinis Liepins (Architect, Conservation Architect)
  • Design Team
    Ilze Liepina (Architect), Ainars Plankajs (Architect), Ieva Landmane (Architect)
  • Architect
    Sudraba Arhitektura
  • Const. Company
    Pillar Contractor
  • Photographer Credit
  • Location
    Hanzas street 16a, Riga , LV-1045, Latvia
  • Client
    Pillar Development
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The former warehouse building which dates back to the very beginning of 20th century is located in the area of former freight station on the edge of historic city center of Riga. The last shipment of goods in this building was reloaded in 2009, designing began in 2016, and reconstruction works in 2017. The previously inaccessible industrial heritage site has been preserved almost untouched until today discovering brick walls, wooden beams, many sliding doors and gates. The main task of the building restoration and rebuilding was to adapt it to a new use — as a multifunctional cultural venue.
In order to meet the requirements of modern energy efficiency, the historic building has a glass «coat» around its perimeter with a double pine facade for shading. One of design solutions was to locate all engineering communications in the new volume, outside and under historical building, Poor soil condition required very attentive pile foundation works, but the solution allowed to realize multifunctional space concept in clear historical environment.
The building is the largest cultural building in Latvia after the restoration of independence, built by private funding.