Competitions – Case study No. 9 – Masterplan for Zakusala Island – RUUME – Latvia

Competition Culture in Europe 2013–2016: Masterplan for Zakusala Island, LV, 2016
Case study No. 9
Here one can see both ‘open’ and ‘invited’ concepts

The A10 survey into Competition Culture in Europe 2013–2016, commissioned by Architectuur Lokaal, has made it clear that the word ‘competition’ does not mean the same thing in every country in Europe. Sometimes a competition refers to a design contest without any intention of realization, sometimes it refers to a full tender procedure, or anything in between. To gain a better insight in the nature of competitions in Europe, A10 correspondents collected 50 case studies from 17 countries. Combined they show the differences in topics, fees, procedures, scale, transparency, and clients.

This typical example of smaller competitions appearing on regular basis shows a good mix of everything. Here one can see both ‘open’ and ‘invited’ concepts, as well as a good selection of architects: young and more established, local and foreign, all coming from the Baltic Sea region, which includes the whole of Scandinavia, Poland, and Germany.

The open competition was commissioned by SIA Zakusala Estates. In this case five practices – one from Latvia, two from Estonia, one from Norway, and one from Poland – were invited. In addition, whoever else was interested could participate, as long as the requirements of the brief are covered. The winner is a young practice, reminding us once again that a competition can often become a bridge to further development and success, and can lead to the first important built commission.

RUUME arhitekti, LV, an entrant from the open call

2022 (first stage)

Competition culture in Latvia was surveyed by A10 correspondent Ieva Zibarte in Riga. This survey is the start of a four-year research project by Architectuur Lokaal and A10 new European architecture Cooperative. Copy editor: Dutton Hauhart. Images: RUUME arhitekti