Liepaja, Latvia is creating a magnificent central cultural district for its residents. The centerpiece for this area is the stunning Great Amber Concert Hall, designed by Volker Giencke. With walls made of sparkling amber-colored glass, the cylindrical design of the hall is just as striking and inspirational as the events which occur inside.
At the heart of the building lies the Great Hall, a venue that holds up to 1,000 guests for performances by the resident Liepaja Symphony Orchestra or other acts. The space is primed for acoustic perfection and is visually pleasing as well. Sunlight is piped in via sun tubes to give the space a natural glow and the seats’ fabric mimic the variation in hues created by light shining through the amber glass.
The hall is also home to the Liepaja Conservatorium, a ballet studio, and an experimental stage. Students and teachers of the arts can also meet and share their imaginative creations in the various instruction and rehearsal rooms available. For the public, a bar and music club attracts those interested in a night on the town and a dose of local culture. It’s no doubt the Great Amber Concert Hall will entertain and inspire for years to come.
Images via Indrikis Sturmanis and Aigars Prusis