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Old November 22nd, 2006, 11:11 AM   #1
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On 22nd November 2006 there are the following highrises with 20 and more floors under construction in Riga:

1. and 2. Z-towers in Zunds, Kipsala highrise district. 33 floors and 28 floors. Up to 130 m high.
- preparation for fundament on-going, they are driving the wall, which will enable construction of underground part.

3. Da-Vinci, Kipsala. 27 floors, 95 meters.
- Wall for underground part has been made, it seems also that the piles have been driven and digging of underground part on-going.

4. Panorama Plaza I, 27 floors, 99 meters.
- facade works and inner works on-going. Full height reached since some time.

5. Panorama Plaza II, 32 floors, 114 meters.
- 23rd floor is built.

6. Panorama Plaza III, 32 floors, 114 meters.
- pile driving on-going.

7. Rietumu Capital Centre, 20 floors.
- full height reached, started facade works.

8. Astra Lux, 24 floors.
- it seems that full height has been reached or they are near at it.

9.-12. Skanstes virsotnes, 24 floors, four buildings.
- two buildings just rised above the ground, for two others - pile driving on-going.

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Other news:
- Construction works for luxurious 40 000 m 7-floor department store "Galerija Patollo" for 230 stores in Centre have been just started! >50 mio EUR investment.
http://www.patollo.lv/
- On Kliversala on-going demolition of existing buildings to prepare place for the 200 mio EUR Kliversala district project.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 12:03 PM   #2
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Forgot to add:
After first public hearing ended Riga City Development Committee today supported the "Riga Concert Hall" project. Now it will go further along the bureaucracy chain. Aproximate costs for building itself - 56 mio EUR, total costs for complex - 90 mio EUR.
After approvals in December there will be started elaboration of technical design. Start of construction is sheduled for beginning of 2008.

You can look for their video - extremely impressive renderings of future Riga New City in middle part of this video:
http://www.koncertzale.lv/bildes/video.wmv
Riga there looks like some world importance city

Picture with Concert Hall in forefront, and Z-towers, Symbiotic Tower and Saules akmens in background.
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 01:15 PM   #3
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The video is really impressive! Those skyscrapers do look superb!!
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 10:42 PM   #4
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new render (i guess) Of Balasta Dambis:


it actually reminds me of a modern twist (super glassyreflective) brutalist piece of art
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 10:12 AM   #5
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Really - glass "brutalism". I don't believe that they will add all that greenery...

This render certainly is made by somebody who hasn't seen the site. Initial design by "Arhis" - some 5 floors lower and more modern - with tinted glass.


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Mr. Bandarin from UNESCO has arrived in Riga and again is threating that Riga might be excluded from UNESCO World Heritage sites liste. According to him Riga is doing too little analysis and is acting in haste when planning the highrises so close to Old City. Jeez, no other city in world has made such a long planning, visual analysis and public discussion about the new skyline.

We are tired of those "wise man" from West who imagine that we are idiots who should be taught what should be done and what not.
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 12:25 PM   #6
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That's a good attitude. Too bad municipality of Vilnius is not ignoring UNESCO, now height in new city center was decreased and ET will remain the highest tower and most of proposals were shortened: Registru center from 28 to 24, Telecom tower from 20+ to 14 and few more. Also the number of high-rises will be not big as planned earlier. At first towers up to 190m were planned and now...
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 12:31 PM   #7
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I somehow feel that Riga will follow in steps of Vilnius... Already now they declared that in buffer zone (other UNESCO World Heritage monuments don't have such buffer zone, but Riga has) height will not exceed 121 m. Although there are prepared projects exceeding this.

Some architects wonder how will lok Kipsala with a wall of buildings having exact 121 m height - some projects have exactly such height.
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 12:45 PM   #8
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Buffer zone is well known term here and part of new city center is in it. The most interesting thing that highest buildings are planned closer to oldtown, while the rest of Snipiskes district (that's the district where new city center is being built) will be built up only by 5-7 floorers. Also one interesting thing is that municipality of Vilnius allows to build for one company 18 floorer (Vilnius gates) not very far from old town while they don't allow 12 floorer (SBA tower) which is further away from the oldtown. With the help of term "visual pollution" municipality can favour some companies and make life harder for other ones (corruption).
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 02:42 PM   #9
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well, usually all "big decisions" have undercurrents - there are certain people who get extra profits of it, it's just too bad, that society especially here in LV, is too inert and passive to react in a hard enough manner to prevent such exploitations.. and competition in building sector forces companies to struggle using more and more sophisticated methods, calling environmentalists, heritage protectors, angry landowners etc
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Old November 23rd, 2006, 03:16 PM   #10
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This seems to be the same like in Singapore - max height 260, three buildings of the same height in the center...

I hope it won't be selected as the max height for Riga's high-risers...
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Old November 28th, 2006, 06:04 PM   #11
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Here is a Rietumu Banka office building construction webcam in Riga on-line!
http://www.rietumu.lv/lvl.nsf/page?R...2570AF0035BEB9
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Old December 7th, 2006, 10:03 AM   #12
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New Building

New Project In Imanta

DATA about the project :
The total area of the land plot - 8489 m2;
Residential building with the total number of floors – 29;
The land plot is situated in the area with the zoning „Mixed type and residential territory” - „Jauktas apbūves teritorijā (J)”- 18 floors and more

The technical description and different variants of designing the technical project :
29 storied building with underground parking and when using maximum intensity 400 percents :
The total area of all floors (8067 x 400%) – 32268 sq.m.2 .
The area under construction (when building 25 floors) (32268m2 : 25) – 1290 sq.m..
The number of apartments – (32268m2 : 100 m2-the avarage area of one apartment) – 322 apartments;
Required minimal number of parking spaces – (322 x 1.1)- 354 parking spaces;
Communications – city electricity, water, canalisation, Lattelekom. No gas connection.

The project will be developed as 95% residential and 5 % office and commercial.
There will be fittness hall, sauna, hairdressing saloon in the first floor, 2 elevators, 2 staircases.
Right now agreement for designing sketch project has been signed with Zane Kalinka.

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Old December 8th, 2006, 04:54 AM   #13
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thank you Zinedine. Looks much better than Panorama Plaza design
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Yes, this one has got the most complicated approvals and now is moving along the further bureaucracy chains. Don't know when they will start - may be next year. Close to it another 30-floor tower got approvl as well.

One "small" problem - after construction of first towers in this area in mornings there is huuge crowd at tram stop in this place in Imanta now. After some more towers will come up, it will be much worse.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 01:37 PM   #15
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New Building

New apartament building in Imanta.

Address : Jurmalas Gatve 100
Status: Under Construction
Developer,Seller: YIT Celtnieciba, L.L.C.
Number of storeys: 9
Number of apartments: 126
Number of parking spaces: 117
Started: 2006
Finished: 2008



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Old December 9th, 2006, 05:26 PM   #16
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Maybe it is this human irrationality, but seeing the same name in Latvian and Lithuanian for the word "street" ("gatve") makes me feel warm Good to have brothers and sisters in this globalized world (no matter if their politicians block some border controls at the frontier )
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Maybe it is this human irrationality, but seeing the same name in Latvian and Lithuanian for the word "street" ("gatve") makes me feel warm Good to have brothers and sisters in this globalized world (no matter if their politicians block some border controls at the frontier )
In fact, "gatve" in latvian means lane.
Street is "iela"
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In fact, "gatve" in latvian means lane.
Street is "iela"
ok, sorry, "cousins" then
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Old December 13th, 2006, 09:28 PM   #19
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Megaproject "Soleville" have opened their Webpage: www.soleville.com
They have got full approvals for construction of 16 highrise buildings in Plavnieki - these mainly will be apartment buildings and just one office building. Heught would not be above 17 floors. Architect - "Arhis". Unfortunately the Website does not contain renderings - just overall plans. This is complex project - besides highrises they will construct 4 kindergardens, health centre, swimming pool, cafe, two shops, sports place, sports club, large car parking.
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Z-towers are updating theur Webpage currently. Turns out that the lower building will be 107 m high, the higher one - 120 m. Still I think that they will add up the 10 m high platform.
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Funny, you're trying to make it atleast 1m taller than "Europa" tower. If you'll count platforms then we'll count spire or antenna.
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