airBaltic to let public vote on new Riga terminal ideas

airBaltic reports that it has received 125 architectural concepts for its new terminal at Riga airport and is to present 10 of the shortlisted architectural concepts for a public vote.

Bertolt Flick, airBaltic president and chief executive officer, commented, “As a result of this contest we aim to satisfy two objectives – a functional, efficient and comfortable terminal and an architectural design that reflects the unique face of Latvia.”

The architectural concepts can be viewed online in the airBaltic Wingtips blog at The designs are presented without author information, observing the same principle of anonymity that applies to all architectural concepts assessed by the international jury of experts.

The submitted architectural design concepts are assessed by a jury of internationally recognised professionals, local dignitaries and airBaltic management. The jury is made up of a number of distinguished participants, including British architect Marcus Lee, who designed Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London and has received the Stirling Award for the design of the airport in Madrid. He is joined by Irish engineer Dervilla Mitchell, who also worked on Terminal 5 at Heathrow, Swedish architect Åke Bejne, who is a former chairman of the Swedish Architects Association, Dace Putni?a, the founder and co-owner of the KUBS architectural firm, J?nis Dripe, the chief architect of the city of Riga, and Bertolt Flick, president and CEO of airBaltic.

The contest is being managed on behalf of airBaltic by Ove Arup and Partners, one of the world’s largest engineering firms, from their offices in London.

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