- Project Info
Nrja Team: Arch. Uldis Luksevics, Arch. Linda Leitane-Smidberga, Arch. Uldis Sedlovs, Arch. Zigmars Jauja, Arch. Tech. Ivars Veinbergs, Arch. Tech. Elina Libiete
Ig Kurbads: Dr.sc.ing Normunds Tirāns
Competition Status: Honorary Mention
Photographs: Courtesy of NRJA + IG Kurbads
Continuity of Tradition: Public space in the old building is maintained most authentic. In order to keep the memory of the theater, which operated in the historical building, it is planned to name halls in names of outstanding directors – the Large transforming hall – Smiļģa hall, on the 2nd floor small transforming – Shapiro hall, the new big hall – Hermanis Hall (in honor of one of the most sought-after stage directors of our time and head of the New Riga Theatre for the past 15 years).
The Skin is a barrier that separates the theater from the outside world. The new volume is a key element of the new Hermanis Hall, planned as a contemporary, technologically, aesthetically and economically appropriate theatre Hall with 500 seats. The roof hall is situated above Hermanis Hall and planned as a public space with a bar area, where major theater occasions happen and spectators enjoy theater breaks. Rehearsal hall is planned beneath Hermanis Hall.
A clear, functional layout is planned, providing actors and staff facilities easily accessible from the halls, spectators’ wardrobe and recreational facilities are convenient for use before, after and between performances. Technical facilities and workshops are located mostly underground. Skin texture is created using smooth, graphite grey concrete tiles which interprets firewall brick patterns in a contemporary way. Smooth concrete tile roof follows the shape on the wall finish creating a single, whole-scale image