Fletcher Priest Architects reveal latest designs for the Latvian capital
FPA has unveiled this latest image of its 46 hectare mixed use masterplan for the new centre of Riga, Latvia. Following an intensive period of design development and testing, the design includes modifications that are believed to firmly establish an economically robust urban structure for the city over a period of twenty years.
The proposals will redevelop the area on the left bank of the Daugava River adjacent to the Riga’s UNESCO World Heritage, massively extending the city centre and laying the foundations in the public realm for further expansion across a 206-hectare area.
The climatically responsive designs include a new railway station, transport interchange and a network of new public streets and squares, within which are designs for a new Riga City Council headquarters, housing 2300 employees in a 52,200sqm building, alongside extensive new housing and business developments.
Since appointment a year ago, Fletcher Priest Architects has persuaded the City authorities, including the Highway Department, to reposition one of the city’s major highways, the Ranke Dambis, around the edge of the new urban quarter. The new location of the infrastructure provides for an integrated and traffic-calmed series of urban spaces.
After exploring a series of alternative locations for the centrepiece new building for Riga City Council, also by FPA, a joint decision has been made to situate the building next to the newly-created Museum Square and to widen this square to create a defined cluster of civic buildings on the west bank of the river Daugava, in close proximity to the old town, alongside the new National Library, which is currently under construction.
The potential for a new university complex is also being explored and FPA hope to integrate this within the design, integrating it with the pedestrianised paths leading to a new Tornakalns railway station and transport interchange.