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Museum of Contemporary Art Riga design by Rem Koolhaas / OMA

15 Dec 2006

Latvia Museum of Contemporary Art

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Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art info released by Rem Koolhaas / OMA

Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art: Riga Building

Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga

The Latvian Ministry of Culture announces plans to move forward with its first museum of contemporary art, designed by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

The 16,000 m2 museum, to be built in the port city of Riga, will be Latvia’s first new museum of art in over 100 years. Imagined as a multi-functional centre for contemporary culture, the museum will host seminars, concerts and theatrical performances, in addition to housing international exhibitions and a permanent collection of contemporary Baltic art.

The design unveiled by OMA preserves and incorporates many original features of the existing building, a former power plant. A newly constructed 4,000 sq m exhibition hall will wrap the perimeter of the old building, while other museum functions such as the library, lecture hall, cafe, administration, and artist workshops will be contained inside the original structure which dates back to 1905. ‘We embed the old in new architecture and organise the public program related to the new so that the old is always present but the art is not a prisoner of it.’ states OMA founder and partner Rem Koolhaas, explaining the decision to house more functional aspects of the program inside the existing power plant.

The museum is part of a larger cultural initiative undertaken by the Latvian Government and the State agency ‘”New” Three Brothers’. In addition to OMA’s design for the museum, the initiative includes the construction of a new concert hall and national library.

The museum is OMA’s second project in Latvia. In early 2006 the office was commissioned by the Latvian Government to design a masterplan of Riga’s port area – one of the last remaining dockland areas in Europe to be redeveloped.

The project is lead by OMA partners Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf whose previous collaborations include masterplans for the Riga Port City, the White City area of London and most recently in Kuwait and Ras Al Khaimah; as well as, a proposal for the Hermitage Museum, the Image of Europe exhibition and the Gulf – part of the 10th international Venice Biennial. They are joined by OMA associates Beth Hughes and Miho Mazereeuw.

The museum is expected to open in 2011.

Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art info released by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture 041206


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Location: Riga, Latvia, eastern Europe

Latvia Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga

Riga Museum architects – OMA

The OMA headquarters is currently working on a masterplan for the White City area of London; a harbour redevelopment in Riga including a contemporary art museum, the Cordoba Congress Centre in Spain; the redevelopment of the Mercati Generali, Rome; the Zeche Zollverein museum and masterplan in Essen, Germany, the head office of Rothschild Bank, London, the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen and several projects in The Netherlands, such as the masterplan of Almere, a study for a new masterplan in The Hague, MAB/OVG multi-use towers in Rotterdam and Stadionplein redevelopment in Amsterdam. OMA also has a number of projects in the Middle East, the most recent being the jointly designed office and residential towers in Dubai and ‘Education City’, three new buildings for the Qatar Foundation. Several masterplans are also underway, including two in Dubai, a masterplan in Kuwait and another in Ras-Al-Khaimah.

OMA New York: Having overseen the completion of several new buildings since opening in 2001 – including the Seattle Public Library and the Prada Epicenter in Los Angeles (both completed 2004), the IIT Campus Centre in Chicago (2003), and Prada Epicenter in New York (2001), OMA New York is currently working on a mixed-use development in Jersey City’s arts district and for Cornell University in Ithaca, OMA
realizes the new Millstein Hall. OMA Beijing: In Asia OMA is responsible for the office’s largest project to date, the 575,000 m2 China Central Television Headquarters CCTV and Television Cultural Center TVCC, currently under construction in Beijing and due for completion in 2008. Other projects in development include a residential tower in Singapore.

The office is lead by six partners: Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Floris Alkemade and Managing Partner Victor van der Chijs.

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