The design concept
“Revitalizing Kimmel Quarter” proposes a celebration of the cultural heritage of the site, the historic buildings are not only kept and restored, but put in a new position to bring even more value to the surrounding public and private spaces. The new additions to the quarters turn the premises into a state of the arts, and merges history with the future. The symbiosis is highlighted by a flexible and rational timber office building that is esthetically respectful to the history of the site.
The office building, with full timber structure, is designed for flexibility. The lifetime of a building today is not set by the quality of construction, but the quality of planning. The new construction features a robust framework, that can house a multitude of office configurations.
The quarter is developed with new commercial spaces to vitalize the streets and integrate with the surroundings. Multiple access points connect the streets to the new accessible inside of the block: two connected open-air courtyards at the historic raised level of the site, activated by restaurants, cafés and office spaces. The outdoor plazas offer ample space for flexible use by the community for markets and events, extending the public realm of Riga.