The Academic Centre of the University of Latvia (UL) in Torņakalns continues its development, and on August 25, the foundation stone will be laid for the third modern study and science building – the House of Letters.

The House of Nature and the House of Science are already located in the Academic Centre. With the completion of the construction of the House of Letters in the fall of 2023, most of the "scattered" UL faculties will be located in one place - Torņakalns. The House of Letters will be the largest of the three existing buildings in the Academic Centre - its eight floors will house six UL faculties, several institutes, the UL Culture Centre and amateur art collectives, a business incubator, the UL library, etc.

Just like in the existing buildings, in the construction process of the House of Letters materials and technologies are used, which will ensure the sustainability of the building, efficient management and will help the UL to go in the direction of a "green university". For example, the House of Letters will have a lot of natural light, the rooms will be designed to be as ergonomic as possible, there will be many public spaces where students can gather, hold meetings, events, etc. The total useful area of the building will be 26,000 m2.

In honour of the start of construction, a capsule with a message for future generations will be placed in the foundations of the building. The opening of the event will take place in the atrium of the House of Science on August 25 at 12.00, everyone interested is invited. The event will be attended by the Rector of the University of Latvia prof. Indriķis Muižnieks, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia Jānis Reirs, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia Anita Muižniece, Head of the European Commission Representation in Latvia Zane Petre, President of Latvian Academy of Sciences Ivars Kalviņš, Senior Public Sector Manager of the European Investment Bank Marina Ismaila, Council of Europe Development Bank's Baltic States project manager Diana Bertje, "RERE Group" board chairwoman Mārīte Straume, future "owners" of the House of Letters - representatives of faculties, institutes and structural units, as well as students, cooperation partners of UL, residents of the neighbourhood and associations.

"The House of Letters is the most ambitious investment in humanities and social sciences since the restoration of the independence of the Republic of Latvia. We can compare this investment with the National Library of Latvia. The House of Letters is not just a building. This is an investment in the future of the university, science and Latvia, because here the brightest minds of the humanities and social sciences will work, study, research and experiment in one place," emphasizes Rector of the University of Latvia prof. Indriķis Muižnieks. "UL is a space for excellence, an environment for development, an opportunity for growth. We are creating an excellent work and study environment that is interdisciplinary, open and focused on innovation, and the activity of the University of Latvia is the basis of the sustainable development and economic transformation of Latvia."

UL will invest approximately 49 million euros, including VAT, in the construction and furnishing of the House of Letters. Of these, 30 million have been raised from the European Investment Bank, 11.5 million from the Council of Europe Development Bank and 7.4 million are university contributions.