Music high school with concert hall functions in Ventspils

Excellent music and distinguished architecture  

Completed in 2019
Ostas St. 23, Ventspils, Latvia
Merks – Ostas celtnieks PS
Haascookzemmrich Studio 2050
Total area:
8 000 m2
Scope of works:

Transformed city center

The music school is prominently located on the main public square Lielais laukums. The plaza, gardens, water feature and sculpture are conceived as part of the wide-reaching transformation of the city center. This new urban landscape provides a fitting backdrop to the striking forms of the building and enriches the visitor experience.

Architecture and interior

The distinctive roof shelters different spaces, both indoor and out, from the extremes of the weather and lends the building an immediately recognizable landmark appearance. The music school offers a range of performance spaces accessible to the public, with a classical concert hall of 600 seating, complimented by a smaller „black-box“ theater, a music library and an outdoor stage and amphitheater. Diverse backstage facilities are housed over 3 floors surrounding the concert hall stage. All interiors spaces are developed according to the highest acoustic standards with isolation permitting the undisturbed staging of parallel events in the 2 halls. The building's interiors are distinguished by the contrast between the simple rectilinear form of the concert hall and the informal arrangement of the surrounding foyers which open out onto Lielais laukums, in the form of terraces and balconies. The foyers are flanked by the cafeteria, music library, green room, recording studio and extensive teaching facilities.

Strandeck scope of activity

Within the framework of the project Strandeck performed structural design and onsite installation of the slab over the first floor using post-tensioning technology. Thanks to PT it was possible provide slab with 5 m long cantilever and smaller deflections – 13 mm, while maximum allowed were 19 mm. The project received 3rd place in Latvian Construction Award as the best public building.

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