Left bank of Riga to get two more high-rise buildings

Two residential buildings worth €20m are set to appear on the left bank of Daugava in Latvia's capital Riga by summer 2018, according to a press release by the developers.

The two residential buildings, one having 22 and the other 23 stories, are to have a total 120 apartments, says the real estate firm R.Evolution City.

Designed by Arhis arhitekti, the Filozofu rezidence project's book-shaped stories pay homage to German philosophers Johann Georg Hamann and Johann Gottfried Herder who lived nearby. The actual buildings will be named after them.

"As the ancient bank of Daugava is nearby, it tasks the architecture with several duties. We've made the buildings' lower part as transparent as possible so that it wouldn't block the view to the surrounding area and the [Riga] old town," said Andris Kronbergs, head of the Arhis arhitekti, adding that all apartments will have a view to the Riga skyline, a UNESCO-protected heritage site.

The buildings will lie on the southern end of Ķīpsala, an area expected to extend the notion of central Riga. 

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