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Renovation of the Bergs Bazaar started in 1993 as soon as Bergs' family property was returned to its rightful heirs. Archive documents revealed uniqueness and boldness of the original project of the first retail arcade in Riga. The block is built on a former sand road network and cabbage fields.

Over the years the ensemble had endured severe damage through several reconstructions and neglect. Aim of the reconstruction concept – to renovate the unique arcade according to the original vision of the founder Kristaps Bergs and the original project of architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns from the end of the 19th century, by making it a modern commercial, retail and residential centre. The design concept – careful dialogue between existing historical material and contemporary understanding of forms.

 

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Renovation and development of the ensemble

Riga, block among Elizabetes, Marijas and Dzirnavu streets

Architects: Zaiga Gaile, Iveta Cibule, Liene Griezīte

Participated: Ingmārs Atavs, Ģirts Kalinkevičs,

Andra Šmite, Indra Ķempe

 

 

Client: Justs Karlsons

Administration: ”ĒKA-CENTRS” Ltd.

Project: started in 1993, still in progress

Construction: started in 1993, still in progress

Construction company: „PKE” Ltd.

Total space of the site: 11 823 sq.m.