COMPETITION FOR THE KIP ISLAND AUDITORIUM ADDITION | RIGA, LATVIA

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The Auditorium addition will fill the void between the two existing wings of the facility and unify the facility by integrating the three components into a single massing composition. This addition will be located above the existing center spine, allowing for the lower grounds to be provided with open space. It will be located in the second level with an open atrium linking the first floor with skylights and clerestories at the perimeter. The atrium will become the focal point as visitors enter the facility, and will easily identify the lobby, entrances, exhibit spaces, and the second floor. In addition to the main lobby and atrium, the “lobby” area will house the exhibit spaces, cafeteria, and a pre-function space that will double as a flexible space.

The roof will be accessible with a “green roof” planted with local sustainable vegetation. In addition, seating and an outdoor lecture area will be combined with a look-out place to sit and contemplate the city of Riga, Latvia.

The massing will express the auditoriums as a visible entity surrounded at the second floor by an open floor layout. The supporting structure will be expressed by a truss framing system and a continuous curtain wall envelope. A sun-screen glazing layer on the south facing side will articulate the south side. The exterior materials will be “Corten Steel” insulating panels at the auditorium wall surfaces.

A park has been provided near the entrance with a car drop-off allowing easy access to the main entrance by vehicular transit. The Park will be a multi-purpose flexible space creating an inviting and approachable public space that will become a place to visit and congregate.

A muti-story parking deck with a 700 car capacity will be located at the north-west part of the site. This will allow for the front entrance to be free form in-ground parking. Photovoltaic panels will be located at the roof of the parking deck.

The proposed auditorium addition will become a focal point and an attractive “iconic” place within the city of Riga; highly visible and directly pointing to the city and beyond.

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