The aim of the project is to preserve and develop significant cultural heritage - an architectural monument of national significance, the Grand Guild, by creating an infrastructure suitable for the needs of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. During the reconstruction and restoration, it is planned to fully preserve the authenticity of the building, by respecting the use of original materials, technologies and historical construction methods.
In order to improve the technical condition of the building, it is planned to rebuild and equip the Great Hall as a priority. Among other things, both the stage and the underground stage will be rebuilt, the spectator seats will be re-planned, as well as an appropriate location for sound and light technicians will be provided. It is also planned to rebuild the technical equipment of the hall - ceiling constructions.
In the building it is also planned to restore and rebuild wooden windows and doors, rebuild wiring, facilities at the basement level, including water and domestic sewerage engineering networks, heating, the ventilation and cooling system, as well as to adapt the premises for the needs of administration and musicians. It is planned to build a new passenger/freight lift to ensure the accessibility of the premises and the delivery of concert hall equipment.
As a result, events at the Grand Guild will be accessible to people with special needs, especially listeners with hearing disabilities. It will be possible to professionally record the ongoing concerts and events, allowing them to be heard by the general public and preserved for future generations. In turn, the new concert hall equipment will also be suitable for choir or jazz concerts. It is expected that the concert hall will be available to visitors for at least 100 days a year, but the number of visits will increase by at least 7,470.
The Large Guild is a unique building in terms of the convergence of architectural styles with a 700-year history and evidence of interiors from different centuries. Since the 1960s, it has been the main philharmonic concert hall in Riga, with significant Latvian and foreign artists playing in it. Although Riga is looking forward to a new, modern acoustic concert hall, the Large Guild will always remain a symbol of Old Riga and classical music. The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra has been the occupant and manager of this great building for the past 30 years, and we are happy that the state has found the financial means to carry out major technical repairs on the Large Guild.
LNSO board member
The Grand Guild is one of the oldest and most interesting buildings in Riga; here is one of the oldest and most beautiful concert halls in Riga. The building is a cultural and historical monument of the 14th century. Over time, the house has been expanded several times. The external appearance was most significantly changed by the construction of the baroque facade in 1697, but the interior has been modified several times, adapting to the various functions of the house. Today, the Grand Guild is home to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Taking the special status of the building into account, in order to preserve the cultural heritage and the architectural value of the building, the process of its renovation has special requirements and it must take place in cooperation with the Latvian National Heritage Board.
Reconstruction and renovation of the Large Guild at Amatu iela 6, Riga
Objective of the project:
The objective of the project “Reconstruction and Restoration of the Large Guild at Amatu iela 6, Riga” is to create infrastructure corresponding to the profile and functions of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, preserving, protecting and developing important cultural heritage, as well as developing related services.
Main activities of the project:
Reconstruction and restoration is planned within the project, fully preserving the degree of authenticity and original substance of the architectural monument of national significance, respecting the use of original materials, technologies and historical construction methods: reconstruction and equipment of the large hall; restoration and reconstruction of wooden windows and doors; construction of a new passenger/freight elevator - to ensure the accessibility of the environment and the delivery of concert hall equipment; reconstruction of WC facilities (at the basement level), incl. reconstruction of water and domestic sewerage engineering networks; adaptation of the premises to the needs of the administration and musicians; • Reconstruction of electrical installations, electrical equipment; reconstruction of heating, ventilation and cooling system.
The project will create new cultural services:
events in the “Large Guild” concert hall will be accessible to people with special needs, especially listeners with difficulties hearing, concerts and events in the concert hall will be professionally recorded, accessible to the general public and preserved for future generations, new concert hall equipment will complement the range of events taking place there with popular music, such as choir or jazz concerts.
Project duration: 39 months.
Total Project Cost:
EUR 6 564 536.00, of which the amount of ERDF funding is EUR 5 579 856.00.
Planned result of the project:
As a result of the project construction plan, documentation will be developed and construction works will be performed, renovating the building in an area of 1,456 m2. Also, due to the implementation of the project, the number of visits is expected to increase by at least 7,470 visits, ensuring the availability of the facility to visitors at least 100 days a year.