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Yesterday was nice evening - just in time to walk around in Old Riga and Boulevards. Sorry again of some views have been seen before.

Vecpilsetas Street - all has been renovated :). All in white.


Two nice Functionalism pieces from late 1920ies - early 1930ies:

Valnu Street 19


Valnu Street 11


St. Jana church - gothics and neogothics




Peldu Street 15 - one of the first Postmodern buildings in Old City - from middle 1980ies.


Melngalvju nams


Whole new quartal taken by building with address Marstalu 17 - last works on-going before it's ready.




Jauniela:




Romanic and gothic Jana seta:


Gothic and barocco Jana street:


Galerija Centrs - extended department store in Old City. You see the infamous covered Ridzene street - many dislike it - but it has got some new qualities IMHO. In the background seen two new Postmodern buildings:


Fountain "Nymph" in Boulevards and Opera:








Cheers :)
 

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for some reason it reminds me of Århus here in Denmark.. very "hyggeligt" (cosy/relaxing) :)
Can't wait til i see it for meself in a couple of weeks ;)

thanks for photos! :cheers2:
 

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riga is a heart of baltics and i don't mean skyscrapers or economy, i'm talking about those districts of art deco and functionalism. alberta and elizabeta streets etc. sometimes i visit latvian real estate websites, looking pictures and dreaming...;)
i have visited riga several times, but nevertheless, there is so much to discover.
 

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Yes - all of this is built in 1999 - 2002. Could be the last time when something is rebuilt from scratch here - these buildings were dream come true for older generation who saw how they were destroyed in second world war - and a sign of provincialism for younger generation wanting to see contemporary architecture in contemporary buildings.

Old Riga still has got many " holes" from Second World War - but now they are filled with modern, interesting buildings.
 

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I am young, and ever since I saw the pre-war pictures of the House of the Blackheads, in around 1989-1990 I wanted them to rebuild it.

I am pretty sure many other young people dig the idea of rebuilding old heritage sites. My only real problem with the above project is that it doesn't look "real" - it looks new and fresh. I hope that with decades passing by, the bricks will gain their "original" darkish hues and the paint will wear off slightly, and the ornaments will look "old".

I guess many of the rebuilt buildings in Warsaw, Gdansk and Wroclaw looked abnormally fresh and new, yet now it's impossible to believe that they are merely 50 or so years old.
 

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The same with rebuilt buildings in Old Riga - there were rebuilt many in 1970ies - 1980ies. Still I believe myself - what' s destroyed and been standing empty for some time - should get something else instead.

That's why it would be nice f.e. to see Kaliningrad rising as a city with modern Centre. But unfortunately they now are looking into fake Historism buildings.
 

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Still I believe myself - what' s destroyed and been standing empty for some time - should get something else instead.
In general I share this view also, however I think that here we are dealing with a special case. To me the Riga Old town is not really like a normal part of the city, with different buildings. I view the Old Town as an ensemble, as a whole unit, so to me it's not about rebuilding individual buildings, but more about renovating the ensemble. Of course, some modern additions are acceptable - even the Louvre got the pyramid, and it fits in alright.
 

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Old Riga for most part is not old. Every century, especially 20th century has left it's buildings there. Old City is full with Functionalism, Jugendstil, Neoclassicism buildings.

The power of our Old City lies within its diversity and dynamics. It's not a silent district left out for tourists of older generation and souvenir shops. It's the most lively part of Riga with lots of offices, apartments, shops, hotels etc, it is constantly changing. Only the historical street network remains and no historical building is removed deliberately. But - if this district has "swallowed" good quality 20th century architecture, it will include also good quality 21st century architecture - there is no need to create fake history there.
 
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