| 13. 08. 2013 | Construction of Vidzeme Music and Culture Centre in the journal "Latvijas būvniecība".
Soon after reconstruction the emerging Vidzeme Music and Culture Centre will have new and spectacular premises in the building located in Cesis and designed by architect Augusts Malvess in 1913 and constructed during the World War I. At that time building was designed as Cesis Social Community House with an extensive hall for varioussocial events. After the World War II the building starts functioning as culture centre. Buildingis currently undergoing transformation, and even though fame of Rezekne Concert Hall GORS is far ahead, some kind of popularity will come also to Cesis - the first and the largest concert hall inVidzeme is being created here, and - as architect Juris Poga mentioned in ridgepole celebrations - it needs a beautiful and sonorous name. Being more than 100 years old and also affected by moral ageing the building demanded a reconstructionand broadening of functions of Social Community House for quite a while. It was a successful convergence of two factors - an opportunity to invest means from EU structural funds inconstruction works, and conclusion after the initialexamination that it is suitable to incorporatea vision of future concert hall and music school. Reconstruction project consists of solid quadruple body where premises for music school, large concert hall and small concert hall, wardrobe and café as well as administrative offices are provided. Building will be more spacious and will have wider scope of application thus giving larger capacity and choice of higher quality venues. Architecture - wise the building has remained almost unchanged for the entire century, except the small lateral extension that has been dismantled now, but as the reconstruction was launched, many surprises were discovered under the plaster of civil structures. Holes in the fire division wall indicated at shell-hits during the fights, consequences of which were eliminated by patching up with something at hand and plastered over. Miracles like walls stitched together with wires so that they won’t open were also found there. Following the historical draft new windows, where the old ones used to be, were built in as modern wooden constructions. It is hard to enlist everything, but one must admit that builders did not kick their heels a single day. Builders love to emphasize that it will be the largest wood-frame building in Latvia because now the regulations allow building multi-storey constructions with wood-frames. Wooden material options and their application can be seen in full scope in this culture building and it can compete with characteristics of other construction materials.