Architecture prize goes to Cēsis social support center

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The annual Latvian Architecture Awards were handed out at a ceremony October 7 with the top prize going to the building of the 'Pērle' (Pearl) social support center in Cēsis. 

The Pērle center was created by the ETER architectural bureau (Team: Dagnija Smilga, Kārlis Bērziņš, Niklāvs Paegle, Martins Starks). Pērle is a pilot project for deinstitutionalization in Cēsis municipality, so that people with various disabilities can be helped to integrate into society.

The premises (including workshops, therapy rooms, a sensory room and a multifunctional hall) are organized in a single-story wooden structure in the building all under one triangular roof. The compact building is located on a scenic slope, but the interior creates a feeling of lightness and spaciousness. The southern facade with large windows faces landscaped extended outdoor terraces shaded by a special pergola.

Prizes were also awarded to other buildings in various other categories.

The Latvian Architecture Year Award is an annual national architectural competition with the aim of identifying and promoting the best works of Latvian architecture and high-quality architectural development. The annual award is the biggest event of the Latvian architectural year, and is organized by the Union of Latvian Architects supported by the Ministry of Culture. Full details are available at:


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