A winner of the Latvian Architecture Award, the Nature Concert Hall combines light, art, and music—all against the serene natural backdrop of Gauja National Park.
Designed by Riga, Latvia–based firm Didzis Jaunzems Architecture (DJA), the Nature Concert Hall, completed last summer at Gauja National Park, was conceived as a pavilion for music performances as well as art, light, and video installations.
Made with a sensitivity to its site, the white, faceted structure pops out against a sylvan landscape of grass and greenery further afield. The elevated edges seek to reduce the amount of points touching upon the biotope meadow.
A facade of translucent fabric strips form the main facade of the pavilion, lending transparency between its exterior and interior, as well as a pleasing gradient pattern formed by natural movement of the wind, and soundwaves from performances held within.
The fabric strips can be twisted to form a striated gradient pattern, while also adding transparency to the facade.
By nighttime, the pavilion facade acts as both a canvas and a glowing light source, apt for a performance or a film projection installation.
By night, the translucent strands illuminate from inside like a giant lantern. At just under 500 square feet, it can house a chamber orchestra or musical ensemble of up to 20 people.
The pavilion is made of geometric modules that can be combined and integrated for varying sizes and configurations, as needed by a given program of events.