AboutThe exhibition Welcome to Dare at Dreamspace gallery features works of emerging Latvian architects and their efforts to redefine the historical city of Riga, their capital, by a fresh architectural thought in particular.
Although Riga hosts four fifths of the contemporary architecture of Latvia, it still has unshaped and obscure identity, based both on the image of its ostensibly celebrated heritage and the lively ambition to appear as an innovative and welcoming city.
The portfolios of these contemporaries show as vast variety of tasks undertaken as approaches applied. There are architects like Reinis Liepins (Sudraba Arhitektura), who treat the historical substance reverently in a delightful search of lost time as in his latest project converting a 17th century living house into design hotel. Or, in contrary, NRJA or MARK architects whose proposals are bold interventions (but still, it was them who rised campaign to protect the soviet modernist highrise from demolition). Zane Tetere (OpenAD), for instance, celebrates an urban lifestyle decorating public interiors like a smart set designer in spite of cost-saving she gets allure out of anything you can find in flea markets and attics, while Martins Pilens (1plus1 Studio), a rational fellow with a German education, brings sensuality to a pure material.
Noted at home those are merely young architects who have obtained most of international appreciation so far: the widely reviewed House of Ruins by NRJA, for instance, just won a vote for Archdaily House of the Year 2009 Prize, while Juris Mitenbergs and his studio AB3D is among Europe's most important emerging young architects named as Europe 40 under 40 for 2009 just after being favoured by MIPIM Award 2008 jury. Reinis Liepins was appointed to design the national pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008,while FBRK architects are fully engaged in their China projects.
The gallery space will be reshaped by a 3D structure of foldable cardboard benches symbolizing the complexity of urban organism and a role of a young architect as a part of it. The structure will contain the views of an existing situation and a dare of the imagination of particular young architects to convert it into a contemporary architectural object, supported by images of a particular project proposals, completed objects and subjects of inspiration (urban, architectural, historical, event photos of Riga, etc) as well as an overview of selected works by twelve offices taking part in the exhibition.
Latvia. Welcome to Dare.
The DREAMSPACE Gallery 1-3 Dufferin Street, London EC1Y 8NA
21 June - 29 June (Opening party 22 june 6 pm - 8 pm)