Look at possible futures of Latvia's modern art museum

Starting Monday the seven shortlisted design concepts for the upcoming Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art are available online.

The winner will be picked by a jury of international and local architects as well as various cultural arbiters. The winner announcement is scheduled for mid-June.

On Monday the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Rīga Technical University is hosting a packed presentation of the shortlisted design concepts.

The €30m project to build a contemporary art museum attempts to fill a blank spot on the national cultural landscape.

It's being financed by private rather than state money with the major contributions from the ABLV Charitable Foundation (linked to ABLV Bank) and the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation, which regularly gives grants to arts projects.

The museum will be located in a former railway works, a short walk away from the Art Nouveau quarter in central Rīga. The "invited competition" is run by UK consultancy firm Malcolm Reading Consultants.

The organizers hope to have it open to the public on November 18, 2021.

The submissions saw international architecture firms team up 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 architect Ingurds Lazdiņš, wHY (US), OUTOFBOX Architecture and ALPS.

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