Baltic coastal holiday home

Baltic coastal holiday home

Architect
Open AD architects
Project Year
2021
Category
Private Houses
Alvis Rozenbergs
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Paving supplierBrikers
Window supplierFlora
Glulam supplierKates plates
Metal supplierLAT MET
RoofingRuukki

Product Spec Sheet
Paving supplier
by Brikers
Window supplier
by Flora
Glulam supplier
Metal supplier
by LAT MET
Roofing
by Ruukki

Baltic Coastal Holiday Home

Open AD architects as Architects

Exuberance-free, the home reflects Latvians’ reserved and modest nature. No element is purely decorative, so as not to take away from the rugged beauty of the landscape. Even elements like drains and gutters are hidden or replaced with a rain chain. 

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs
photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

Latvian legislation does not permit newbuilds within the proximity of the coastline, however, it is possible to build on existing foundations. With this in mind Open AD’s clients purchased a coastal property with the idea of transforming it. 

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs
photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

The property consisted of four mismatched buildings – the main house, a garage, shed and garden house. Open AD established how to preserve all the structures, and tie them in with each other and the location. The colours of the sea and sky inspired the two dominant cladding materials – larch and galvanised steel. The shape of the buildings and their gable roofs echo the vernacular architecture of the historical fishermen’s dwellings, which the area is known for. 

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs
photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

While once home to active fishing communities, today’s Latvian coastal towns have a mixed identity. Holidaymakers contribute to the community. This home is also designed as a family getaway, but liveable throughout the year. Considering its main purpose, Open AD’s design encourages flowing between the indoors and outdoors. Solutions like the covered second floor balcony provide outdoor access no matter the weather and wind conditions. A sheltered outdoor dining area encourages shared meals with a view across the Gulf of Riga. The positioning of windows across all buildings ensures that the presence of the sea is always felt. Residents can also just watch the sea from a comfortable position on the terrace.

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs
photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

While the property is fenced, the fencing doesn't interfere with the surroundings or block any views.Architecture and project management: Zane Tetere-Sulce, Dace Bula, Eva Heidingere-Jukama

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs
photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

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