- September 14, 2021
- Posted in INTERNATIONAL TRENDS
This year, the Rezekne Olympic Centre has been shortlisted for the prestigious international MIPIM Awards 2021 in the nomination of the “Best Cultural and Sports Infrastructure”.
The REM PRO team is proud of such international renown, as the Rezekne Olympic Centre project was implemented through the experience of its professionals and cohesive teamwork. MIPIM Awards is the largest and most prestigious real estate expo forum in Europe, a major international event attended by the most influential representatives of the industry. The international symposium is hosted annually in Cannes, France, to address, in particular, commercial and real estate industry and urban development.
Ludmila Vasiļjeva, the Chief Technology Officer at REM PRO, mirthfully shares her thoughts on the nomination: “The idea of applying for a competition as prestigious as MIPIM Awards went through careful consideration; at first, we took time to study the charter of the contest. We did conclude that the Rezekne Olympic Centre met the contest requirements and could hopefully become a prominent competitor at the event. All the same, having the Rezekne Olympic Centre shortlisted among the top 4 shortlisted projects selected from a total of 136 entries has come as a great and pleasant surprise. This will make a name for both the modern architectural world and Latvia in general, serving as positive proof of the expertise of our design and construction professionals, with their competitive performance at an international scale and their ability to stand on the same stage with the creators of other complex landmark buildings built all over the world.”
Currently, as one must admit, the Rezekne Olympic Centre is indeed one of the largest and newest facilities in the Latgale Region and in Latvia in general, but no one can implement construction design on one’s own.
This multifunctional facility was developed over the period of 2012, when the first design contract was made, and it was completed in 2020. Within this process, engineers, consultants and other construction experts were involved in the design and construction of the sports facility. The architect of the architectural concept and preliminary design of the sports arena is Sauļus Mikštas (the “Forma”) company, a Lithuanian architect with having a great experience in the design of sports facilities.
The design was further developed and detailed in accordance with the Latvian Construction Standards, thanks to the invaluable efforts of architect Baiba Maike. Architectural and interior design solutions for the hotel and swimming pool were developed by architect Ratniece, whereas the football pitch stands were designed by the young architect Arta Vagale. The construction process was coordinated and completed with a successful finish by Jeļena Ladigina. The main principles for REM PRO specialists were to adhere to the desires of customers, compliance with the requirements of the site and making the facility as convenient and accessible for visitors as possible.
Architect Ilze Ratniece remembers that “considering all idle time, construction of the facility lasted for about 10 years. The sports arena was designed at first; then we prepared the design for the football pitch, the hotel and the outdoor swimming pool. However, due to a number of reasons, the first site we were able to complete was the hotel; the swimming pool and the football pitch were designed and built in parallel.”
“Only at the final stage, the sports arena was built on the opposite side of the project’s lot. We have managed to preserve its visual image unchanged from the onset; however, the change of location has forced us to change the layouts and façades. Another complication was the disadvantageous of peaty soil, which was why we had to redesign the foundation pile solution completely. One of the major challenges was preserving the integrity of the facility over such a long time. The architecture of both the hotel and the pool was styled after the black and white arena solution accepted by the contracting authority,” adds Ratniece.