British Embassy, Riga

Jestico + Whiles, Riga, 1996


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The elevations alongside Pumpura iela 

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  • The elevations alongside Pumpura iela    
  • Embassy and its main entrance seen from the garden courtyard    
  • Ambassador    
  • Adjoining offices for deputy head of mission and the ambassador    
  • Rooflights for natural daylighting    
  • Cantilevered stone treads give way to spiraling joinery at the top of the staircase tower    
  • A new beechwood stair leads up to reception    
  • The slender staircase tower at the rear of the building    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan analysis    
  • Legacy of the Soviet era: an infilled door    
  • Successive finishes exposed. Dating between the C.19th and 1930    
  • Recording of painting scheme for ground floor cornice    
  • Period interior decoration on the ground floor    
  • Detail plan and section of window    
  • Detail elevation, section and plan of facade    

Partial restoration and new insertions to the British Embassy, Latvia

Built in 19th, the villa became home to the British Embassy in 1930. During the Second World War it was lost, until 1992 when it was returned to the British government.

The changing needs of an embassy have been accommodated in an overall layout quite similar to that of the 1930's. The ground floor has become offices and part commercial section: a large, open-plan room with workstations and library.

The first floor is the setting for social gatherings, with a hall, reception room, dining room and guest bedrooms. The ambassadors home is in the attic space. The visa section is contained in the basement.

As much of the original building was kept and restored. The roof, windows and render were replaced. Rotting timber resulted in interior structural restoration.

An original hexagonal lightwell was enlarged. The second floor was cut through to allow light to penetrate through the building.


  • Begun: Jan 1994
  • Completed: 1996
  • Floor area: 1,271m2
  • Sectors: Office, Civic
  • Total cost: £1.5M
  • Address: British Embassy, 5 J. Alunana Street, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia

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