Science Academy skyscraper (Riga)
The high-rise of the Academy of Sciences ( Latvian Zinātņu akadēmijas augstceltne ), originally a Palace of Culture and Science, is a 108-meter high- rise in Riga, built between 1952 and 1958 in the style of Socialist Classicism .
Architects were Osvalds Tīlmanis, Vaidelotis Apsītis and Kārlis Plūksne. The model for the design was the Moscow high-rise buildings, which are known as the Seven Sisters . For the first time in the Soviet Union, precast concrete elements were used for construction, which were clad with artificial and natural stone. Originally the building was intended as the house of the collective farms, but was then given to the Latvian Academy of Sciences and inaugurated in 1960.
The building houses the Latvian Academy of Sciences as well as numerous transmission systems for VHF and TV and has corresponding transmission antennas on its top.