Office Residential Building, Latvia

Office Residential Building, Latvia

Linking Old and New

The challenge for the architect Andris Vitols was to preserve the old facade of the original building situated one kilometer north of the Daugava River in central Riga. A bold contrast has been created with this sleek modern addition inserted above a traditional timber-clad facade.

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© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy

Situated on a street with continuous adjoining masonry facades, this office and residential building creates a striking contrast with its pop-up addition clad in white Swisspearl panels. While the lower two levels are constructed in off-shutter concrete clad in timber boards, the upper three levels are constructed in concrete brickwork and clad in white Swisspearl panels assembled vertically and horizontally.

© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy

The strong contrast is established in numerous ways: first, the striking color contrast – dark brown and white – second, the material and textural contrast – fine-grained timber board cladding juxtaposed with smooth Swisspearl panels – aesthetically and architecturally – fenestration and detailing referring to the old, historic architecture below and a strongly modern design with wrap-around window above.

© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy

A set back to the street on the fourth and fifth levels creates a deep balcony and reduces the scale of the facade to Bruninieku Street.

© Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Italy

To the rear of the site, the building reads in a completely different way. Here, one is unaware of the old building facing the street; the full five-story building rises tower-like to the sky in a single architectural expression. The entire facade is clad in white Swisspearl panels that wrap around the old building, increasing the depth of the original building by a couple of meters.



Office and Residential Building


Riga, Latvia


Andris Vitols, Riga, Latvia


Baltimex, SIA, Riga, Latvia


Meraner & Hauser OHG/SNC, Bolzano, Italy


Building period
2017 – 2019


Facade material
Swisspearl Largo Carat Onyx 7099


PDF project sheet
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