Architecture – Latvian legislation doesn’t permit newbuilds beside the coastline, so Open AD’s clients purchased a coastal property with the intent of transforming it. Building on existing foundations is allowed. The result is an exuberant free home, which reflects Latvians’ reserved and modest nature.
“Before work began, the property consisted of four mismatched buildings – the main house, a garage, shed and garden house. We established how to preserve all the structures, unify them stylistically and tie them in with the location.” Open AD told Archipanic.
The two dominant cladding materials – larch and galvanized steel – are inspired by the colours of the sea and sky. The buildings’ shape and gable roofs echo the vernacular architecture of the historical fishermen’s dwellings, which the area is known for.
“While once home to active fishing communities, today’s coastal towns have a mixed identity. Holidaymakers are a big part of the local tapestry. This home is also designed as a family getaway but liveable throughout the year.” Considering its primary purpose, Open AD’s design facilitates living 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 and provides 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 watch the sea from a comfortable position on the terrace.
“No element is purely decorative so as not to take away from the rugged beauty of the landscape.” Add at Open AD. Even elements like drains and gutters are hidden or replaced with a rain chain. The shelving systems built into the façade of the garage and outdoor dining area assist in keeping the exterior tidy. They also allow expansion on the garden designed by Galantus Gardens landscape architecture firm.
All photos are by Alvis Rozenbergs, courtesy of Open AD.
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