The task was to reconnect parts of the city through extensive modernisation of its infrastructure. We had to rebuild and expand Riga Central Railway Station, level the existing railway embankment, construct a new overpass, and design a new Rail Baltica Bridge over the River Daugava. In addition, the local authority was seeking masterplan solutions for the development of the wider surrounding area.
Traffic and step-free access
Our ambitious proposals include uninterrupted level and traffic-free pedestrian access between Riga Central Station and Riga’s Old Town, the creation of a new public park, step-free pedestrian access to Riga’s river front and a fully integrated multi-modal transport hub at Riga Central Station, with easy and intuitive transfers between transport modes.
As part of the Riga Central Station renovation a large roof enclosure echoes both the design of the historic Daugava railway bridge and the Central Market Hall roofs that border the site. The roof vaults are a series of timber arch ribs made from composite glued-laminated timber sections and engineered timber components.
A new river bridge, sitting harmoniously beside the existing historic railway bridge, is an integral part of the new viaduct infrastructure that links it to the renovated Riga Central railway station.