Riga: Transforming a parking lot back into a theatre square


Riga (Latvia)

Challenge area:

Creating Public Realm

Pollution Reduction

Implementation period:


The Challenge

The lack of green spaces in Riga’s city centre and the quality of public space is often mentioned by residents as one of the main things they would want to improve in the city. However, planting new trees and greenery in Riga is challenging, especially in the city centre, where creating new green spaces can take a lot of time and demand a lot of resources.

Meanwhile, until 2021, Riga’s Theatre Square had become an illegal parking lot and a dead space next to the Latvian National Opera on the edge of Old Town.

The Solution

Theatre Square has been transformed into a peaceful and green meeting spot where residents and visitors of the city can enjoy a peaceful moment in the middle of the city.