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Old December 29th, 2006, 05:24 PM   #61
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what interests me - are you rigans happy that this area next to stockmann will be filled with a giant building?
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Old December 29th, 2006, 06:39 PM   #62
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im a bit confused Jarmo, if you mean this:

than the impression i got from all of this was that the image above is a render of the final product... they dont want to build a edifice there, just a squarelikethingy
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Old December 29th, 2006, 10:23 PM   #63
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Yes, they will build UNDER it, not above. And without stopping the traffic. But again - am not happy with the planning of that square - that place is good for some vertical element - fountain or sculpture or similar. But now that's just a some mix. Bad that Stockmann does not use local architects...
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Old December 30th, 2006, 04:56 AM   #64
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ahh crap! i saw the picture with no specifying text and thought they're starting to build there, i remember clearly that there were some plans to build a huge building there... at least i think i remember didn't notice the picture is a rendition (:

but yes, gatis! this place would be perfect for a small park with a fountain or a sculpture.
but by park i mean PARK, not a paved area with trees in some metal/stone pots...
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Old December 30th, 2006, 09:30 AM   #65
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Well, I guess Stockmann, being an international company (Finnish?) wouldn't feel bound to use local architects.

And I LOVE your definition of PARK, Jarmo! Indeed the spot would be ideal for one, provided, of course, that it contain Gatis' idea of a vertical fountain/sculpture. The facades of the buildings on that side of the street are nice enough to deserve a small park.
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Old December 30th, 2006, 12:37 PM   #66
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jarmo, nah a park isnt that great in that location, look in the back, theres a park there already and also to the right .. some trees. We dont want the squirrels to escape, now do we! I think a square would be much more appropriate, a square with some fountains!
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Old December 30th, 2006, 06:15 PM   #67
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Ah, let it be a parklike square then!
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Old January 4th, 2007, 07:18 PM   #68
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In order not to forget this thread:

"Astra Lux" double highrise has reached full height - 24 and 22 floors (I have to count - may be there is also technical floor).
Now it looks like this:

Last autumn, still with the "yellow box" above it. Whole district around it is rebuilt.


This building is getting speficic tiles which are able to remove air pollution and also to clean themselves - it should not be washed.
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"Metropolia" project (5 18-floorers) is going fast. Two buildings are completed, one reached full height, two others underway.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 01:15 AM   #69
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Another tender will be announced for Mezaparks Estrade because of unsatisfactory proposals, will be built not earlier than 2010. Rejected designs below.



Design Proposal for Zvirgzdu sala. Don't know anything else about it. Is it outdated? Here is a map from google as well.



The development at the bank of the Juglas Lake
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Old January 5th, 2007, 02:00 AM   #70
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I took a few pictures of Riga night lights yestrday. Not of the best quality though.



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Old January 5th, 2007, 09:18 AM   #71
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Zvirgzdusala is going ahead - so I am told. Hope they will not decrease architectural qualities.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 06:07 PM   #72
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If I was rich guy and could buy me appartment wherever I want, I would buy certainly one in Riga in Zvirgzdusala a penthouse on top of one of the highrises there. Imagine the view in the night on the towers of the old town, and the future skyline of the skyscrapers in Kipsala, and Daugava and all the bridges accros it, I think the view is even better than from DaVinci. So this could potentially be a succesful project.

Nomels thanks for the night shots - imagine how it all will look when some opther hirises will be added to Hansabanka. Already the entrance in Riga comming from the airport and crossing Kipsala makes no shame for Riga.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 03:45 AM   #73
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Quote:
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In order not to forget this thread:

"Astra Lux" double highrise has reached full height - 24 and 22 floors (I have to count - may be there is also technical floor).
Now it looks like this:

Last autumn, still with the "yellow box" above it. Whole district around it is rebuilt.


This building is getting speficic tiles which are able to remove air pollution and also to clean themselves - it should not be washed.
This is what it is going to look like.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 10:04 AM   #74
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Nice!!!

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Old January 6th, 2007, 01:37 PM   #75
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^ I don't find it so nice at all!
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Old January 6th, 2007, 02:21 PM   #76
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^me neither.





offtopic - have any of you guys done some photosessions in mežaparks? i believe i've never seen threads (or even photos) about this great suburb (?) of riga... as far as i know, it contains some architectural pearls from 1930's and earlier years....
anyone?
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I had just a few... but now as my old computer burned down - none. Mezaparks is hard to take pictures - there is more forest than buildings (what is cool of course).
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gatis View Post
In order not to forget this thread:

"Astra Lux" double highrise has reached full height - 24 and 22 floors (I have to count - may be there is also technical floor).
Now it looks like this:

Last autumn, still with the "yellow box" above it. Whole district around it is rebuilt.


This building is getting speficic tiles which are able to remove air pollution and also to clean themselves - it should not be washed.
- - -
"Metropolia" project (5 18-floorers) is going fast. Two buildings are completed, one reached full height, two others underway.
I work on the 2nd floor (Latvian/American count) of the glass cage to the left, so I see Astra Lux almost every day, that's probably why I hadn't noticed about the box disappearing.

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Here I decided to make another photo session on construction sites of Riga from above

Do you see the bright light at the lower part of the image? That is the construction site of Da Vinci.


Panorama Plaza

The construction site of Z-towers is not apparent, but that is where they are gone rise - just left from Preses Nams.

I hope this is going to change very soon as I expect to see Zakusala developments just between two TV buildings

...and last but not least the image of the site where the progressing new Concert Hall is going to be built.
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Old January 9th, 2007, 08:57 AM   #80
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