Work Begins on Latvian Library After Two-Decade Delay

19 October 2010 (Last Updated October 19th, 2010 18:30)

Work has begun at the Latvian National Library in Riga, Latvia. Designed by Latvian-born architect Gunnar Birkerts, the $300m building had been delayed by two decades due to funding deficiencies. Birkerts' original design an asymmetrical glass clad-building, which is inspired

Work has begun at the Latvian National Library in Riga, Latvia.

Designed by Latvian-born architect Gunnar Birkerts, the $300m building had been delayed by two decades due to funding deficiencies.

Birkerts' original design an asymmetrical glass clad-building, which is inspired by a Latvian folktale, has been retained while some interior changes have been made.

The 13-storey library will feature stainless-steel walls and roofs, and will house six million books.

The project will be complete in 2012, according to archrecord.construction.com.