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The new Kip Island Auditorium is an opportunity to bring new life to the
the Riga exhibition complex. Working simultaneously on the new
auditorium and on its immediate surrounding, our goal was to transform a
very specific visited destination into a new vibrant destination,
inspiring public gathering for citizens and visitors alike.

The Auditorium building as an urban lighthouse - The new auditorium
architecture and its location are the result of a functional and
programmatic ambition: by placing it centered and elevated above the
current lobby, we were able to guarantee an easy access and seamless
circulation, both horizontally and vertically, among the three
buildings. Its strategic location also allowed us to guarantee a much
needed uninterrupted circulation between the current front and back of
the exhibition center.

Two generous entrances are created, one towards Ķīpsalas iela the other
towards Zunda krastmala, resulting in a building of equal importance on
all sides with no front or back.

The auditorium, with its open and flexible layout becomes the focal
point of the entire complex. An incubator for social exchange and
entertainment. Its elevated position not only allows for sweeping views
of the immediate surrounding and all the way to the city, but it also
transforms it into an urban lighthouse of sort, a strong reference icon
for the entire Kip island.

The Car Park as a Green Park: By gradually elevating the existing
surrounding landscape we were able to conceal the required car park
below newly created green platforms: a new elevated park for the benefit
of the entire island community.

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Riga, Latvia
Firm Role: Design Architect