The Riga Expo Centre has announced an open international design competition for a new auditorium and exhibition hall
The contest seeks proposals for an extension to the prominent riverside complex located on Kipsala, or Kip Island, in the Latvian capital.
The project will deliver a new combined auditorium, exhibition hall and conference rooms connected to the existing 20-year-old structure.
According to the brief: ‘The Riga Expo Centre is looking for an iconic addition to its already well-established complex, and as such will be considering all winning designs in the Kip Island Auditorium architecture competition.
‘The new complex would need to be integrated with the existing complex and act as the new iconic image for the Riga Expo Centre. Winning designs will need to show off the structure’s potential to be the leading exhibition hall in the entire region, and be in keeping with the exciting city in which it is located.’
Riga is the largest city in Latvia and the unofficial capital of the Baltic States. It features the region’s largest airport and seaport and was named European Capital of Culture two years ago.
An international competition was launched earlier this year to overhaul and expand Riga’s main railway station. The £156 million regeneration project is part of the Rail Baltica programme which will create a direct train link between Warsaw and Tallinn
The Riga Expo Centre, on the western banks of the Daugava river, first opened in 1997 and today hosts more than 30 major exhibitions every year.
Teams participating in the competition, organised by Bee Breeders, may feature up to four members and require no professional qualifications.
The winner, set to be announced on 1 March, will receive around £9,000 and see their design considered for construction.
The proposal will also be presented during the Green Planet Expo in May, where experts from 10 Baltic countries will debate issues surrounding climate change.
The competition will have a second prize of around £4,900; a third prize of approximately £1,600; a student prize of £400 and six honourable mentions.
The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm GMT on 8 February.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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