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Invited contest for £21m Riga art museum opens

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The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation has launched an invited international competition for a new £21 million museum in Riga

Organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants, the contest will select an architect for a 7,000m² ‘cultural and arts centre’ and landscaped park on a former railway depot site (pictured).

A 15-strong unnamed ‘global longlist of highly accomplished practices’ has been invited to compete for the high-profile commission.  

Announcing the contest, MRC chair Malcolm Reading said: ‘The objective of the architectural competition is to choose a team of architects and the museum’s architectural concept design.’

He continued: ‘This project gives architects the opportunity to design a building on an exceptional site within easy reach of the very heart of the capital. Right now, as far as European capital cities are concerned, this is a rare opportunity.’

Around five shortlisted teams will be announced early next year and a winner is expected to be announced in May.

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