The first phase of the Rīgas cirks reconstruction is completed, and the building is now open to contemporary circus performances, artist-in-residence programs, and other events.
During the renovation, the walls and foundations of the historic circus building were reinforced, and the dome and arena were renewed to meet the needs of contemporary circus.
The circus building of Riga, built in 1888 to the design of the architect Johans Fridrihs Baumanis, is one of the oldest in Europe, the only permanent circus building in the Baltic States, and an architectural monument of national importance. The architectural firm NRJA (No Rules Just Architecture) has completed the first phase of the reconstruction of the circus by the end of 2022. In its architectural and design solutions, NRJA followed the principle of “adding by removing”: by revealing hidden historical layers, they create a sense of newness. In the future, further works will be carried out on the façade of the building, as well as on the new space for the circus school and the residential buildings.