The historic roof of the arena is a symbol of the only permanent structure in the Baltic region that is dedicated to the arts of circus, and therefore its impact on the surrounding urban area is highly important. It is a symbol of the continuity of the tradition. The project proposes to visually accentuate the cupola by locating all the new additions in the further part of the plot.
The new circus wing is supported by the tradition - the free public space under the new black-box hall visually references the historic cupola.
Location: Riga, Latvia
Client: Rīgas cirks
Architecture: GAISS, MADE arhitekti
Team: Kārlis Melzobs, Arnita Melzoba, Agnese Mālniece, Marta Dzene
Plot size: 3807 m²
Floor area: 7552 m²
Awards: Open competition honorable mention