HANZAS PERONS/HANZA PLATFORM

Warehouse buildings constructed in the 19th century are currently enjoying a renaissance in Europe and America. Commonly built near railways and ports, their simple forms, solid construction, robust beauty, and high ceilings appeal to many people. Changes over time in transport and logistics practices eventually led to the abandonment of many old warehouses. Today, however, they are being reclaimed and converted into apartments, offices, and cultural venues. Some well-known examples include the Roundhouse in London, which has become a recognised concert and event venue, and Oslo West Station, now the home of the Nobel Peace Centre. The building we are restoring is one of the few remnants of a large freight station in Riga. It has survived to the present day almost untouched, with beautiful brick walls, wooden beams, and many sliding doors and gates. We intend to preserve these historical elements as they are, without altering them, as we create the Hanza Platform multifunctional cultural space for exhibitions, concerts, seminars, and even car shows. In order to achieve this, yet also conform to today’s strict energy efficiency guidelines, we have built a glass ‘coat’ around the perimeter of the old building that protects the historical structure but also creates new platforms and vestibules around it. The warehouse building itself thus becomes a part of the interior design, and the ‘goods’ it now stores will be culture. --->