Exhibition kicks off Architecture Week

On Monday an exhibit was unveiled just by the decorous Splendid Palace movie theater, showcasing 16 semifinalists of the Annual Latvian Architecture Award as part of Architecture Week.

The exhibit features 16 projects vying for the annual architecture award and comes full with descriptions, comments, and short movies on the contending structures.

It will be on show until May 22, including on May 21, the Museum night. Winners of the award will be announced May 19.

The semifinalists include several reconstructions–like the National art gallery, Jūrmala's Dzintari concert hall, Rēzekne's Green Synagogue–as well as freshly built structures such as the Latvian University's Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences and the Liepāja Great Amber concert hall.

Here's how a few of the projects look.

The Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences in Torņakalns.

Great Amber Hall in Liepāja.

The reconstructed National art gallery.

Architecture Week also features movies and lectures, held at the Splendid Palace movie theater. On Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. the theater will feature "The Competition", a flick about the dog-eat-dog world of architecture tenders.

While on May 19 architects Lina Ghotmeh, Tamar Shafrir, and Tanner Merkley will hold public lectures from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Splendid Palace theater. 

The Annual Latvian Architecture Award has been held since 1995. It aims to promote modern Latvian architecture, however occasionally doling out awards for extraordinary achievement, such as last year when two nationally significant buildings–Latvia's National Library and the Rundāle Palace–were given the 'Special Mention' award.

See last year's winners HERE

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