Temporary Riga photos are being published not in a regular manner due to blog author has moved to Vilnius.

New Streets - New Buildings


Nameja krastmala is one of the new streets in Riga heading from still being built Z-Towers twin skyscrapers to RISEBA University.

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Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka 2014


One of the very first photos in this blog, was the picture of a place, where New Library is going to be built.
Almost 7 years has been passed, and here it is, the new Latvian National Library aka Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka.
There are still some works going on, so it is not officially open yet.
Also, there are other photographs of LNB building taken from the same spot during the 7 years.

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Daugavpils Airport


Currently the airport of Daugavpils is a simple abandoned Soviet airfield 12 km from the 2nd largest city in Latvia.
According to official information the Daugavpils airport opening is scheduled to 2013.

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Tower Building


The building of new Sea Monitoring Tower in Apšuciems, which is located at Kuplā priede camping site.
Check the previous stop in my seaside route Ragaciems and Engure Harbor.

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Rising Z-Towers


Recently continued building of Z-Towers Skyscraper is at full speed now.
Check photo of Z-Towers in Winter 2008

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New Roads


Coming back from Vilnius to Riga I see a huge progress of new developments around the city, including this new overpass next to Z-Towers, between Zunda river and Martin Cemetery and over Daugavgrivas iela.
Does anybody know where it is possible to see the final presentation of this road completed?

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Ski Jumping Hill


There is no ski jumping sport in Latvia, at least because there is no any built ski flying hill.
Although in the mid of 1970 there was a project to built a Ski Jumping Hill in Valmiera, but it has never finished.

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Zirņu sala


Zirņu sala (Pea Island) is located in Salaspils county, next to Riga Hydroelectric Power Plant and Darzini area.
It is infamous construction site of a little town, which has started in late 2000s, but never been finished.
Today it is an uninhabited zone with illuminated streets and even some built houses just next to Riga's border.
Photo of ghost town was taken by guest photographer Viktores.

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Viesnīca Shark


The third extraordinary building design from Any Mann. (Viesnīca in Latvian means Hotel)
The Shark Hotel in the middle of Daugava River between Stone and Cable bridges.
How much would you pay for staying in Riga Hotel with such design?

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Magnetto Hotel


Magnetto Hotel aka Viesnīca Magnetto is another conceptual work by anonymous artist.
Also, check Photos of other existing Riga Hotels

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Zaķis uz Salas


Zaķis uz Salas (Hare on Island), is the name of the conceptual artwork of a mixed-use building on Zakusala.

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Rising Orthodox Church


Today is Easter Sunday for Orthodox Christians. Christ is Risen!
There is an interesting phenomenon in Latvia, despite that religion is becoming weaker worldwide, religion in Latvia is getting more popular, stronger and affecting people's everyday life more than before.
On the picture: a continued bulding of new Orthodox Church in Daugavgriva. Two cupolas are still on the ground.

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Northern Corridor

Northern Corridor
This creative picture was found on Riga's future development website, and I couldn't resist not to publish it, because this futuristic view of Riga is so intriguing! :)
I hope Latvijas Tilti will do their job fast and without scandals like it did happen with Sothern Bridge.

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Chocolate

Chocolate
Šokolāde (Chocolate) is the name of a new apartment building located in Brasa area.
It was built in 2007 as one of the most modern houses in Riga.

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Trijādības nams

Trijadibas nams
A new real estate project Trijādības nams located in Kliversala was finished in 2008.
As many others new apartment buildings it is more empty than occupied now.
Trijadibas nams could be translated in English as Trinity House.

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Panorama Plaza

Panorama Plaza
Panorama Plaza I, II, not finished III and the shopping mall is an elite real estate project in Riga.
The 1st tower was built in 2006 and it is 99 meters (325 feet) tall.
The 2nd tower is 114 meters tall. It became the tallest apartment building in Latvia when it was finished in 2008.
The 3rd tower construction is on hold now because of the credit crunch. It is planned to continue erection in 2015.

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Over the snowdrifts

LNB Building in winter 2010
6 months passed since I posted the photo of the most interesting on-going building in Latvia.
See the all time line of the LNB Building.
Due all-winter-long abundant snowfalls, the snowdrifts are more than 1 meter high almost everywhere in Riga

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Enlightenment of Latvia

Latvina Library building
The building of Latvian National Library is not frozen despite cold weather, all protests and critical situation.
Personally I agree that we have to finish what we have started otherwise the whole project doesn't make any sense at all.

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New Colors

New Colors
These color buildings are located just next to gray soviet buildings, which were presented yesterday.
New real estate in Riga is often painted in challenging, and sometimes even ridiculous colors, e.g. Kugu iela 26.

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Changes

Changes of Nature during the year
This composite picture is the result of one of the craziest thing I have ever done.
In the summer 2008 a couple of crows had a nest at the left tree (at the level of third floor), so I've been thinking that they will return to their former house this year again.

Initially I wanted to take series of shots how bird is nesting. I started my photo session of the former nest in the early February 2009. I've been taking pictures from the same position and almost at the same time of day - in the morning.
Approximately in May I realized that crows have cheated me by making their nest on another tree, which is not in the picture at all :(

But I have continued to take shots, just to depict the view out of my bedroom during the whole year.
I guess it is a good contribution to today City Daily Monthly Theme day - Changes
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

BTW, Happy New Year!

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