EUR 35 000 prize for best design sketch of the new ATC tower at Riga Airport awarded to ARHIS ARHITEKTI
The winner of the sketch design competition “The Visual Image of the Future Air Traffic Control Tower for Riga Airport”, organised by state joint stock company “Latvijas gaisa satiksme” (LGS), is architect firm ARHIS ARHITEKTI who has partnered with “Leo A Daly”, one of the largest architectural, engineering and interior design companies in the United States of America and the world.
At an official ceremony on April 25, Dāvids Tauriņš, Chairman of the Board of LGS and the competition jury, presented to Andris Kronbergs, Head of ARHIS ARHITEKTI, a symbolic cheque for EUR 35 000 – the grand prize. The actual prize money will be transferred to the firm’s bank account.
The second prize of EUR 20 000 was awarded to person (supplier) union "NRJA/CPMG" (Latvia and UK).
The special prize for creativity worth EUR 10 000 was awarded to the sketch by SIA “Avotiņš, Vincents un partneri” (Latvia) for the functionally best design for the LGS administration building and territory.
Furthermore, the jury decided to award three more prizes for creativity worth EUR 5 000 each. The prize for the architecturally most interesting air traffic control (ATC) tower was awarded to union "1PAX, SEMPERVIRENS", "EGIS" (France). Another prize was awarded to union "AREP-SETEC-REM PRO" (France and Latvia) for their idea to design the ATC tower out of timber, whilst the final prize went to union "Būvdizains un ADPI" (Latvia and France) for the most rational functionally technical design of the ATC tower.
The aim of the Competition was to obtain a high-quality architectural solution and a functionally well-developed sketch design which would meet the requirements set out in the brief and the designing programme of the competition for the air traffic control tower at Riga Airport.
The result of the competition is a functionally successful architectural solution which will provide LGS air traffic controllers with an optimum working environment for providing safe air traffic control services.
Andris Kronbergs, Head of “ARHIS ARHITEKTI”, emphasised that the design of the new ATC tower will be an excellent opportunity for the architects to showcase their professionalism, whilst also being a serious challenge. “In designing the sketch for the ATC tower “ARHIS ARHITEKTI” drew on our own 30 years of practical experience in architecture and about 25 years of experience in designing the Riga International Airport and buildings within the airport complex, as well as the expertise of our large and experienced partner from the USA – “Leo A Daly”. We produced the sketch design and of course we are also ready to create the tower design together with a company which is represented in more than 90 countries around the world and holds significant expertise in aviation projects – JFK International Airport in New York and Auckland International Airport, just to name a few,” Kronbergs said.
In turn, Dāvids Tauriņš, Chairman of the Board of LGS and the competition jury, emphasised: “Functionality – overview of the airfield, interior design, placement of equipment, etc. – will be the most important element for the employees working inside the new air traffic control tower. The winner has proposed the optimal solution, however, in selecting the best sketch, the jury also considered the architectural quality, which was assessed by architects renown in the industry.”
The submitted design sketches were evaluated by an international jury consisting of Ole Wiig, urban planner and architect from Norway, Stephan Huber, architect and Head of the Building Project Department at German Air Navigation Service Provider DFS, architects Jānis Dripe, Uģis Kaugurs and Ingurds Lazdiņš, construction engineer Normunds Eglītis, as well as specialists from LGS and Riga Airport.
The submitted proposals were initially also assessed by a competent technical committee, which submitted its report to the jury.
The need for a new ATC tower has arisen due to the development of the airport, in the framework of which the runway has been extended, the number of serviced flights has significantly increased, and several “blind spots” have appeared. The old tower, which was built in 1973, is not high enough to ensure visibility of all of the controllable territory, nor is it suited for modern equipment to be introduced in future.
“The new air traffic control tower will serve as an excellent example of how important infrastructure ought to be designed and constructed in Latvia, if we want our country to not only develop economically, but also be the greenest country in the world. And that is precisely what we want,” said Edgars Tavars, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Transport.
The construction of the tower is planned to be completed by the end of 2023. The project will be financed from the resources of LGS and a bank loan, possibilities to attract European Union financing will also be sought.