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Latvia’s Art Nouveau-Rich Capital Welcomes the Striking A22 Hotel

In Riga, interiors firm CBP Design has transformed the former 1930's U.S. Embassy into a gorgeous hub of midcentury style and inventive locavore cuisine.

Photography by Marks Litvjakovs.


Location: Riga, Latvia

Designer: CBP Design

On Offer: Known as the Quiet Centre, Riga’s Art Nouveau district is welcoming a new hotel that pays homage to the neighborhood’s roots while adding a little midcentury modernism to the equation. The property, named A22, has set up shop inside the bones of the 1930’s US Embassy building, debuting a tasteful remake by local interiors firm CBP Design.

Standout Features: The 20 guest rooms and communal spaces display a mix of original Art Nouveau touches (restored wall moldings, parquet floors) and contemporary midcentury–style layers (dark wood paneling, curvaceous furniture), while the exterior of the property has been painted black and adorned in brass window frames making it a striking juxtaposition to the area’s leafy boulevards and verdant parks. At the restaurant and bar—dubbed John and Jackie, a reference to JFK’s visit in 1939 as a young Harvard student traipsing through Europe—chef Kristaps Silis prepares artful presentations with hyper-seasonal ingredients cooked on the purest-favorite Josper charcoal grill, from Scotch beef to Latvian pike perch.

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