Henning Larsen Architects was among seven international architectural practices shortlisted to design the building in the center of Riga, Latvia.
The proposal was commended by the jury: "The raised landscaping of the park was considered interesting, and the connections from the museum to the park were particularly convincing. The jury praised the layout and functionality of the scheme, and the design of the galleries, which offered excellent, flexible conditions for displaying art."
The ArtWay is designed to take an active and integral role in the city by creating a dynamic gathering point that reaches out to its surroundings and beyond - during the day, by means of its various activities and in the evening, as an vibrant stage in the city where the museum frames and unites art and city life.
By twisting the volume, two generous entrances are created: one towards the city, the other towards the City Garden. Both entries are connected to a centralized foyer and atrium – a gateway, where filtered daylight lures people towards the central hub and all museum functions. The twist results in an undulating roofscape, creating a dynamic, illuminated sculpture within the City Garden and to the skyline of Riga.
Twenty-five international architectural practices were invited to submit their credentials for this initiative. The seven shortlisted practices were chosen on the grounds of their skills, talent and ability as shown in past projects. The practices participating in the competition was Henning Larsen Architects, Sauerbruch Hutton, Caruso St John Architects, Neutelings Riedijk Architects, wHY, Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki and Adjaye Associates who was announced the winner.
For the competition, Henning Larsen Architects teamed up with MARK arhitekti and Lord Culture.