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Swedbank office tower (Balasta dam 1) | Swedbank biroju ēka (Balasta dambis 1)




 Swedbank office tower. Swedbank tower is one of Riga's most recognizable modern landmarks. This office highrise stands at the riverfront right in the opposite side of Riga's Old Town. It was built in 2004 in a very short time - just a year and a half. The building is nicknamed "The stone of sun" - after the initial project which proposed different, lower building. 

Swedbank tower, to my mind, embodies a really great contemporary architecture. I would rate it at least as good (if not better) looking than London's Gherkin, Malmo's Turning Torso and even Barcelona's Agbar skyscrapers. It comes with an amazing variety of perspectives - Swedbank tower silhouette changes with almost every step you take, when approaching or going around it. The look is so dynamic that by comparing it from some of the angles you can even hardly notice that it's the same building (unlike aforementioned famous European skyscrapers which looks the same from any point of view) - it can be a bit corpulent uncle from one side and a slim sportsman from the other. And it reflects light in it's glass and steel constructions so beautifully that it earns the title "Stone of Sun" even if it was originally meant for a different design.

Swedbank tower with it's 120 metres height at the time of completion was the second highest building in Riga (after St. Peter's church) but later one of Z-Towers has surpassed it for just a few tens of centimeters. One thing is shameful though - when Swedbank tower was built, it was promised to keep it's highest panorama floor publicly available. It was for a few years - but not anymore. Now Swedbank says that the "excursions" to the highest floor isn't available anymore, it's promises to the city is forgotten... 

 Swedbank Centrālā ēka, biroju augstceltne, Balasta dambis 1a. Swedbank biroju augstceltni var uztvert dažādi. Tā var asociēties ar skandināvu dominanci Latvijas finanšu nozarē un zināmu varas centru, bet var atmest visus politiskos un ekonomiskos kontekstus un uzlūkot to kā vienkārši labu arhitektūru. Un šī ēka, manuprāt, tiešām ir laba, pat lieliska arhitektūra. Lai arī mazliet "drukna" proporcijās, celtne, kuras nosaukums tautā iegājās pēc sākotnējā projekta kā "Saules akmens", ir moderna vietzīme, par kuru nekaunētos neviena Eiropas lielpilsēta. Es teiktu, ka tā ir krietni skaistāka un interesantāka par slaveno Londonas "gurķi", Malmes "savērpto torsu" un pārspēj pat Barselonas Agbar torni.

"Saules akmens" ievērojams ar apbrīnojamu perspektīvu daudzveidību - gandrīz vai uz katra soļa, ejot ēkai apkārt, pieejot tuvāk, atkāpjoties tālāk, atklājas jauni, iemūžināšanas cienīgi rakursi, turklāt dažos no tiem tornis mainās tik ļoti, ka no mazliet korpulenta rešņuka pēkšņi pārtop slaidā sportistā. Un kāpēc gan to aizvien nesaukt par "Saules akmeni", ja saules gaismas rotaļas, atspīdot stikla un metāla konstrukcijās, mēdz būt tiešām krāšņas? Turklāt ēka izskatās labi jebkuros laika apstākļos - arī pelēkas debesis tajā spoguļojas skaisti. 

"Saules akmens" tika uzbūvēts 2004. gadā - tolaik, studenta gados, gandrīz katru dienu ierastajā maršrutā no Imantas uz Maskačku un atpakaļ, šķērsojot Vanšu tiltu, braucu tam garām ar velosipēdu. Būvniecības temps bija patiešām iespaidīgs - visa celtne tika pabeigta pusotra gada laikā. "Saules akmens" augstums sasniedz 120 metrus, uzcelšanas brīdī tā bija otra augstākā ēka Latvijā (aiz Pēterbaznīcas), taču pēc tam uzceltais Z-torņu dienvidu tornis to par nieka pārdesmit centimetriem pārspējis.




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Swedbank office tower (Balasta dam 1) | Swedbank biroju ēka (Balasta dambis 1) Reviewed by Ikars Kublins on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Rating: 5

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