Concert Hall Liepaja, Latvia

Great Amber

Liepaja (German: Libau) is beside Riga the third city of Latvia with 100.000 inhabitants.
In geographical terms the town is located on a lagoon between the Baltic Sea and an interior lake.
The importance as a musical center extends far beyond Latvia.
The Liepaja Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest and most renowned orchestras in the Baltic States.

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Project data

Gross floor area: 16,523 m²

Building volume: 82,400 m³

Building height: 30 m


Multifunctional Center

Concert Hall of Liepaja Symphony Orchestra: 1,024 seats

Chamber Hall: 154 seats

Music School of Liepaja

Public premises: Civita Nova, Experimental Stage & Music Club, Café & Bars



2003 International Competition, 1st Prize

2004 Adaptation Project

2006 Sketch Project

2008 Final Design

2010 Final Design, Detailed Planning – “Technical Project”

2013 Start of construction and author’s supervision

2015 Opening


Great Amber Project Team

General planner: Giencke & Company – Latvija PS, Riga

Author & Architect: Volker Giencke

Planning: Volker Giencke & Company, Graz

Project management: Petra Friedl


Acoustics: Müller BBM - Karlheinz Müller & Michael Wahl, Munich/Planegg

Stage Technic: Bühnenplanung Walter Kottke, Bayreuth

Structural engineer: Johann Birner, Graz

Building technology concept: Altherm Engineering - Hans Haugeneder, Baden/Vienna

Lighting designer: Bartenbach Lichtlabor - Christian Bartenbach, Innsbruck

Cost planning: Lugitsch ZT GmbH, Graz

Landscape planning: Paul Giencke, Berlin

Partner architect: SIA Arhitekta J. Pogas Birojs - Astra & Juris Poga, Riga






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