Winner of competition for new contemporary art museum named

British architect David Adjaye and his team have been announced as winners of a prestigious competition to construct a new contemporary art museum for Latvia.

"The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation (LMoCAF) announced today that the competition jury has selected Adjaye Associates – working with the Latvian team AB3D – as the winner of the invited international competition to design a new contemporary art museum for the center of Riga," an official anouncement said.

"The jury reached their decision following a thorough deliberation process that was informed by a panel of experts, and which included public presentations and individual interviews with the designers," it added.

The center will be the first major public/private partnership cultural initiative in Latvia with backing coming from ABLV bank, the Boris and Inara Teterev Fund and the Ministry of Culture.

Reacting to the news, David Adjaye said: "I am honoured to have been selected for this ambitious and much-needed project. This museum will be a beacon that both celebrates Latvia’s incredible artistic legacy and meaningfully links the country to the international art community.

"The entire process - from collaborating with AB3D to cultivate a design that both understands and enhances its context, to the transparent nature of the competition – has been a pleasure, and stands as a testament to Latvia’s profound commitment to the importance of contemporary art to its cultural life," Adjaye said.

Culture Minister Dace Melbarde said: "The selected project has the potential to supplement the map of landmarks of Northern European architecture with the shapes and use of materials characteristic of Latvia."

You can listen below to LSM's recent interview with David Adjaye about the project.

David Adjaye, architect and artist

     

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