Gertrudes 23

About the project:

Renowned Riga architect’s Eijens Laube building of 1909 are renovated in the scope of this project.

The current reconstruction project is built around the Art Modern architectural monument –the 1909 building of renowned Riga architect Eijen Laube. The project includes:

Changing old wooden floor construction for reinforced concrete;

Construction of new lifts for every entrance;

Local modern gas heating station with heat consumtion control for each appartment;

New engineering net (water supply, sewerage system, el…

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About the project:

Renowned Riga architect’s Eijens Laube building of 1909 are renovated in the scope of this project.

The current reconstruction project is built around the Art Modern architectural monument –the 1909 building of renowned Riga architect Eijen Laube. The project includes:

Changing old wooden floor construction for reinforced concrete;

Construction of new lifts for every entrance;

Local modern gas heating station with heat consumtion control for each appartment;

New engineering net (water supply, sewerage system, electric system, optical internet cable, phone and TV system) ;

New wooden frame windows;

Façade renovation

Location:

Your new apartment will be located in historical centre of Riga. The surroundings are breathing the air of early 20th century national romanticism. Beautiful buildings, catholic and orthodox churches nearby, cobble-stoned streets create the atmosphere specific to this part of the town.

The central location ensures that anything you need for a comfort of the city-living is just around the corner – schools, kindergartens, several shopping centers and variety of boutique shops, cafés and restaurants.

Famous city parks are within 10 minutes walking distance. Some 5 minutes more will bring you to the gem of Latvian and European heritage – Riga Old Town.

Theatres, museums, movie theatres and other entertainment… You won’t have to worry how to get to the Opera on time or where to park your car. Every theatre, Opera and other famous Riga places are within a 10-15 minutes’ walk from your porch.

The city public transport stops are nearby. Buses, trolleybuses and trams will take you to any part of the city within 30 minutes time.

Renovation:

The renovation works have begun in the summer 2011. It includes:

Change and reinforce of building construction,

Complete façade renovation and windows changing;

New engineering net (water supply, sewerage system, electric system, optical internet cable, phone and TV system) ;

Local modern gas heating station with heat consumtion control for each appartment;

Construction of new lifts for every entrance;

All works are planned to be finished in early 2013.

Constructive solutions:

To give a new life to the building and offer the comfort of highest standards to the future owners of apartments the following works have been completed:

The main solution have been made for old wooden floor construction – changing them for reinforced conrcete. Having made detailed research and calculations, have been done special reinforcing jobs for basement and bearing constructions. And then old wooden floors have been removed and new reinforced concrete floors have been constructed inside whole building on every floor. Now can be said that the building will serve for houndred years, remaining old stylish Modern outlook and makes glad future generations of Riga citizens and guests.

The roof construction was completely changed and provided with modern heating insolation.

New lifts construtions have been installed in all entrances

Solutions for façade and windows:

We are proud with our choice!

It was decided to fully recreate the historical look of the façade. Laboriously, using old drawings of Eijens Laube and remaining photographs, we are recreating decorative elements on the roof using special materials, lost fragments of stucco decorations; and with the help of specialists from Architectural Monuments Protection Inspectorate and construction authorities of Riga we are choosing the colors matching the façade colors of that époque.

All front-side façade window-frames have been recreated keeping the decorative elements, but using modern technologies from thickened squared beam (78мм) and double glass packet for additional noise and heat insulation.

All outward and inward facades have been insulated and reconstructed.

Engineering:

Gertrudes 23 is one of a few apartment buildings in the city centre equipped with an autonomous heating and hot water supplying system. Thanks to that the heating expenses in the cold seasons are considerably lower than in the nearby buildings, connected to the central heating system. And heat consumtion control for each appartment let us to make the heating control be the most efficient.

All water, electricity, heating and low-power net mains situated in the stair enclosure, allowing to control and maintain this nets more effectively.

The building will be equipped with all modern telecommunications, satellite and cable television, as well as security system: coded locks, intercom and surveillance system.

Style:

At the turn of the 20th century eclecticism gave way to new styles in art and architecture. 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Modern House). The combination of esthetic beauty and functionality in buildings is the characteristics of the Modern architecture. Not only the exterior was important, but the interior design, which was carefully developed. Stairways, doors, pillars and balconies- were artfully designed. The motto “art, as a way of life” became the core philosophy of the style.

Modern was striving to combine the artistic and utilitarian functions in the works created, to get every part of human life involved with beauty. In other countries the style is also known as: “tiffany” (by the name of L.K. Tiffany) in the USA, “art nouveau” and “fin de siècle” (literally “end of the century”) in France, “jugendstill” (based on the 1896 established illustrated journal “Die Jugend”) in Germany, “Secession” in Austria and “modern style” in the UK.

National Romanticism became a peculiar national-driven reaction to the new style in Riga architecture at the beginning of the 20th century. It associated with the concept of Jugendstil, defying the old and the inconvenient, accepting only the new and the practical. As early as 1905 has seen the first demonstration of the new style, constructed by the projects of E. Laube. Usage of natural materials for façade decoration (natural stone, rough stucco, etc.), wooden elements, and ethnical ornamentation is characteristic to the buildings of this style.

The new style accentuated vertical lines: bay windows, crosstorey ornamental pattern, vertically elongated towers. Latvian romanticism in the city architecture can be seen as an indicator of the birth of financial opulence. Developing on the national ethnical grounds, the style served the commercial interests of the property owners and entrepreneurs bestowing their economic stability.

History:

The corner of Gertrudes and Akas streets, where Gertrudes 23/25 building is located, today is the center of Riga. But if we will take a look back to the history, we’ll see, that it wasn’t before, and for a centures there was a lot of inriguing facts, relating to this place.

The city of Riga, as a majority of European cities, founded on the crossing of the trading paths, was built on the right bank of Daugava (Western Dvina) river and for a many years, starting from the 1201, was a fortress.

From the outside the Riga Fortress was surrounded only by wooden houses, because the regulations of fortification prohibited to built stone buildings in the suburbs, and in the case of enemy attack, all houses should be burnt for the same time preparing the place for a battle. For the period from the 1559 to the 1812 Riga suburbs have been burnt 8 times, or roughly one time in 30 years

There were 3 suburbs at those times:

Elgavas (Mitavas) – on the Daugavas left bank.

Maskavas - on the Daugavas right bank, – starting from Marias street and further up to Maskavas street.

Gertrudes (later Petersburgs) – starting from Marias street and further up to Kr.Valdemara street

Behind the Kr.Valdemara Street at that time there were located only pastures and lonely rare houses. Every suburb had its own fortified border - wooden picket fence fortification (palisade) and sometimes near palisade there were also water canals.

In the first half of the XVIII century the fence (inclosure) of the Riga city ran along the modern Dzirnavu street from the railway, then till the corner of Marias and Blaumana street, following to the corner of Kr.Barona and Lachplesha street, till the corner of Gertrudes and Akas street, exactly op to the place, where Gertrudes 23/25 is located, and then along the Gertrudes street up to the Valdemara street. And from that place until the Elizabetes and P.Brieza street, at the same time creating the second circle of fortification around the city.

For enetring inside suburbs, from each side, in palisades have been constructed four entrances:

Gate Raunas at Brivibas street (later Petersburgs)

Gate Ioannas at Maskavas street.

Gate Belilnie at Kr.Valdemara street

Gate Pastbischnie at P.Brieza street.

In the beginning Gate Raunas have been located near the modern corner of Gertrudes and Brivibas street (close to our house) – and exactly from that place started the path to the Bishop of Riga Palace in Rauna. The only little evidence on existance of this Gate have been kept till now, it’s the name of Akas street (street of draw-well), as there was a draw-well, where peasants watered horses before entering the city. Nevertheless, at the end of the XVIII century the border of the city was moved farther.

Starting from the middle of the XIX century Petersburgs district found himself inside the enclosure of Riga and began develop rapidly. Among the main reasons was the fact that in the 1857 the status of fortress was withdrawn from Riga. This was an incitement for Riga for fast industrial and trading progress. If at the border of 19 and 20 century Riga would not have been rich trading and industrial city, the third in Russian Empire by the number of workers, then the center of the city, including Gertrudes street would have look like wooden 2 storey’s human settlement. But Riga becomes richer and richer. In former Peterburgs suburb, where Gertrudes street has been located, many new stone multistory buildings have been erected in accordance with European architectural fashion, including Modern Style.

Eizens Laube was born in 1880, he finished Riga’s politechnical institute in the 1906. He became one of the brightest representatives of Latvian architecture style of „national romantism”. Upon his project the building on the corner of Gertrudes and Akas street was built in 1909. The house was known as Kempels house, by the name of the first owner – Gustav Kempel.

The silhouette of central towers of the building was designed in the way to remind the shape of old Latvian castles.

Later, in 1912, E.Laube rebuilt the house nearby at Akas street, had connecting two houses into one architectural complex.

During his carreer of an architect, E.Laube became the author of more then 80 residential and public buildings, and thanks to his works, Riga recieved her recognizable original appearance. As a result of his creativity, we can enjoy more than 200 architectural works, as well as interiors of many famous public buildings, premises, and halls for grand meetings. His masterpieces including The building of the Latvian Parlament, The building of Latvian Society, Riga Palace building, Kemeri Hotel and many others became a part of Riga history.

Region Riga
Settlement Centrs (Riga center)
Street Gertrudes street 23
Area from 61 m2 to 143 m2
Total floors 7
Rooms from 3 to 4
Sale from from 3004 EUR / m2

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Apartment for sale in Riga, Riga center
Gertrudes street, 5th floor, 4 rooms, 143.10m2

430000.00 EUR 3004.89 EUR / m2

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