Congress Hall location advances for acoustic concert hall project

The Development Committee of the National Acoustic Concert Hall Project has agreed to support the idea that the existing Riga Congress Hall becomes the site of the proposed new concert hall, reports LSM's Latvian language service. 

The decision and report of the Committee of the Ministry of Culture on the evaluation of the National Acoustic Concert Hall in Rīga will be forwarded to the Cabinet of Ministers for consideration and decision, the representatives of the Ministry of Culture said.

The political parties forming the coalition each delegate two representatives to the Development Council of the National Acoustic Concert Hall project, so in theory they should be able to agree again in cabinet.

On June 16, 2020, the government supported the initiative of the Ministry of Culture (MoC) to develop the construction of the Riga Acoustic Concert Hall at 2 Elizabetes Street in Kronvalda Park. 

However, several architects raised concerns that this would involve the demolition of an architecturally significant building. The Latvian Union of Architects (LAS) later proposed three potential sites as the most suitable venues with the greatest scope for strategic and urban development : Andrejsala, the Riga Congress House and an area near the central market.

The result of the LAS work was presented to the National Acoustic Concert Hall Project Development Committee, where a decision was made to identify the challenges of project implementation in each of the three nominated venues.

As reported by LSM not long ago, Rīga City Council has its own plans for the renovation of the hall, which have been reckoned at 14.5 million euros. It remains to be seen to what extent these plans are compatible with whatever the government plans to do.

The Rīga Congress Hall was built in 1982, when Latvia was still under Soviet occupation and as its name suggests, was used to host congress meetings and other events of the Communist party. Since then it has hosted conferences, trade fairs and serves as a voting station during elections. 

 

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