Shelter inspired by a traditional fisherman’s shed

Mazā Balasta street 8 in Ķīpsala, Riga, is a place where Žanis Lipke saved the lives of 57 Jews during World War II, hiding them in a pit under a shed. The memorial building is the Black Shed – a symbolic shed in the basement where these people were hidden and saved. The image of the building is inspired by old fishermen’s and sailors’ pitch black sheds characteristic of the surrounding Ķīpsala area.

Construction in 2012
Location: Mazā Balasta Str. 8, Ķīpsala, Riga, Latvia

Architects: Zaiga Gaile Office 


photo: by Ansis Starks | courtesy of architects