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MADE – Saldus Music and Art School, 2013


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MADE – www.made.lv

The Music and Art school comprises two buildings working separately until now. The classrooms are placed along the perimeter, while practicing halls and libraries are located in the middle of the
building. The compact plan is interrupted by the courtyards, providing a lot of daylight and reflected light in the central parts of the school. The interior spaces of the Music school are marked by the green colour, while the blue is for the Art school.

The Facade, consisting of massive timber panels, is covered with profile glass and it is a part of the energy efficient natural ventilation system. Massive wood wall with lime plaster provides the good climate for people as well as for musical instruments inside the classrooms. Building structure and materials work as passive environmental control at the same time exhibiting it’s functionality. Inner concrete walls and through the glass visible outside massive wood wall exhibit their natural origin, which we find as an important issue especially at the institutions of education. There is no single painted surface on a facade of school building, every material share its natural colour and texture.



Architects: MADE arhitekti / Miķelis Putrāms, Linda Krūmiņa, Evelīna Ozola, Uldis Sedlovs, Liena Amoliņa

Location: Saldus, Latvia

Surface: 4179 m2 (including courtyards 339 m2)

Year/Status: built/2013

Structure: Load bearing structure – situ concrete, metal frames. Outside walls – massive timber panels.

Material: Concrete, massive wood panels, profile glass, glass, metal cladding

Project Team: Project management, concept and architectural design — Miķelis Putrāms, Linda Krūmiņa, Evelīna Ozola, Uldis Sedlovs, Liena Šiliņa (MADE arhitekti), Lighting design — Ilze Kundziņa, Landscape — Ģirts Runis, Graphics — Zigmunds Lapsa, Energy concept and simulations — Siegfried Delzer, Udo Shuster (Delzer Kybernetik), Structure — Jēkabs Skrastiņš, Andris Bardulis (Balts un melns), Acoustics — Andris Zabrauskis, Mechanical engineering — Aleksandrs Bulatņikovs (EIPB), Māris Priedēns, Māris Nagla, Mareks Zavickis (Inženiertehniskie projekti), Gatis Bandenieks (Energoprojekts), Fire safety — Aigars Melnalksnis, Cost estimate — Rudīte Arnolde.

Client/Contractor: Client — Regional Municipality of Saldus, General contractor — Arčers, Technical supervising — Jurēvičs un partneri

Photography: Ansis Starks



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