sudraba arhitektura revives latvian warehouse as cultural center

sudraba arhitektura revives latvian warehouse as cultural center

Sudraba Arhitektura presents hanzas perons

from 20theFrom 19th century railway warehouse to modern event space, Hanzas Perons is located in the heart of Riga as a fusion of Latvian the industrial history of the capital and the bustling cultural present. Leaving most of the abandoned structure intact, Sudraba Arhitektura has restored its historic patina and wrapped it in a delicate glass structure complemented by contemporary steel details. Today, the structure brings the city to life as a multi-purpose space that hosts concerts, exhibitions, banquets and more within an emblem of its rich history.

Inside, the original brickwork and the wooden structure has been celebrated and preserved, confronted in poetic harmony with modern materials such as terrazzo floors, concrete and steel. Refined new details express modest references to the railway aesthetic, while preserved concrete platforms and a railway run through the building to honor the memory of the place.

historic latvian cargo warehouse of sudraba arhitektura revived as a cultural center, encased in a shell of glass and steel
south facade | all images courtesy of Sudraba Arhitektura

preserve the historical memory with a modern construction

Following the recent rise of architectural projects in Riga that have seen the regeneration of heritage structures into innovative and modern locations, Sudraba Arhitektura has taken over Hanzas Perons, which was previously part of a large freight railway station. Today, it stands mostly intact as the last survivor of 15 warehouses that stood alongside the historic thoroughfares, with exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and sophisticated sliding doors and gates. With its new design, the architects combining old and new elements for a harmonious fusion of heritage and innovations, ‘where respect for history is reflected in elaborate modern solutions, giving new life to the old.’

historic latvian cargo warehouse of sudraba arhitektura revived as a cultural center, encased in a shell of glass and steel
west facade

from a railway warehouse to a space for cultural events

When the project began, despite its good state of preservation, the engineers considered that the structure was not solid. As such, Sudraba Arhitektura retained as much of its original identity as possible while reviving its functionality to make it the largest private cultural building in Latvia. Instead of implementing new pillars and support elements to reinforce the existing structure, an external load-bearing steel frame was built to encase the historic structure. Consequently, the additional spaces for services and technical premises were resolved in a clear visual and circulation language.

The greatest spatial value of Hanzas Perons, a large room without columns, is located in the center of the warehouse, which measures 15 meters wide and 80 meters long. It has been fully preserved and has been reused to house various concerts and exhibitions. It can be divided into three separate spaces, allowing for remarkable flexibility.

historic latvian cargo warehouse of sudraba arhitektura revived as a cultural center, encased in a shell of glass and steel
North side

The original roof of the warehouse, forming wide canopies on both sides, initially covered the logistics platforms where freight wagons approached on one side and trucks on the other. Instead, Sudraba Arhitektura embraces this feature and transforms sheltered platforms into elegant and glamorous foyers. At the southern end of Hanzas Perons, a new double-height space brings the structure closer to the street to serve as the main entrance hall.

At night, the new building takes on a new look along the street, as the transparent lobbies are illuminated from the inside and the old structure becomes visible from the outside as a striking silhouette.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *