On Monday, June 6, seven proposed designs for the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art were presented by international architectural firms in partnership with Latvian architects. The museum will be housed in a former railway building as part of the strategic New Hanza City (NHC) – a commercial and residential development alongside Rīga’s historical Art Nouveau district. It is scheduled to open its doors to the public on November 18, 2021.
The EUR 30 million building is an example of a public and private partnership, with funding from the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation and the ABLV Charitable Foundation, with support from the Latvian Ministry of Culture. The design competition was announced in 2015, with Malcolm Reading Consultants being asked to identify the best possible architects for the project. 25 international firms were asked to take part in the first stage.
International architectural firms partnered with local offices, featuring designs by Adjaye Associates (UK) and AB3D; Caruso St John Architects (UK) and Arhitektu birojs Jaunromāns un Ābele; Henning Larsen Architects (Denmark) and MARK arhitekti; Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (Finland) and MADE arhitekti; Neutelings Riedijk Architects (Netherlands) and architect Brigita Bula; Sauerbruch Hutton (Germany) and the architect Ingurds Lazdiņš; and wHY (US), OUTOFBOX Architecture and ALPS.
Jury members included David Bickle, director of design, exhibitions and future planning at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK (chairman), architects Uldis Balodis and Jānis Dripe on behalf of the Latvian Ministry of Culture, Gianni Botsford, director and head of design for Gianni Botsford Architects, Reinier de Graaf, partner in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and its think-tank, Luke Jerram, visual artist and director of Luke Jerram Ltd, Ieva Valtere, executive director of SIA Pillar Management, and Elīna Vikmane, board member of the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation.