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A Vacation home on Easter Island in Kaltene, Rojas district, Latvia by Zaigas Gailes Birojs

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Article source:  Zaigas Gailes Birojs

Living house

The original red brick building – a Fish Factory pumping station was built by collective farm Banga engineers in 1980s. Over 20 years since it was built, it has never been exploired. The monument of industrial architecture from the Soviet era was transformed into a vacation home for ourselves.
Transformation of the Pumping Station into a vacation home is an uninvasive conversion of both site and building.

Aerial view of the Vacation home on Easter island, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

  • Architects: Zaigas Gailes Birojs 
  • Project: A Vacation home on Easter Island
  • Location: Kaltene, Rojas district, Latvia
  • Total area: Living house: 798 m2, Bath house: 52 m2
  • Authors: Zaiga Gaile, Maris Gailis, Agnese Sirma
  • Project: Zaigas Gailes Birojs Ltd.
  • Client/Developer: Maris Gailis
  • General contractor: PS Serviss Ltd.
  • Engineers: Construction- Tavs Nams Ltd.,Water supply and sewage; Heating and ventilation – Ardiko projektesana Ltd.,Electricity project- MJ elektro Ltd.,Low intensity current project- Telemaks Ltd.,  Hydrotechnical works – BGS Ltd., Harbour construction works – HT-konsalting Ltd.
  • Project: 2005-2006
  • Building process: 2006-2010

Ruins of fish factory pumping station before conversion to a vacation home, Image Courtesy © Maris Gailis

The original brick walls were preserved and repaired where neccesary. The facade has been insulated and covered with rusted corten steel plates from Ruukki. It was important to us that the square block on the island – for many years, a prominent Kaltene landmark – keep its original reddish tone. The Pump House is opened up on the seaward side. The blind northeast façade is given large, new windows with aluminium frames, like those in the façade facing the shore. The building is no longer a massive block, it becomes open and transparent. In the middle, on both sides, are glass doors of the same dimensions as the windows. All of the tall windows and doors are outfitted with sliding shutters. The shutters, like the cladding of the façade, are made of corten steel plates, but are perforated and mounted on stainless steel frames. Architectural details and landscaping elements such as the gate and the outside lamps are also made of rusted steel. The height of the former pump room (7 m) makes it possible to build mezzanine platforms on steel frames clad with exotic wood (Yatoba) planks.

Night view from the pier , Image Courtesy © Ainars Meiers

The subterranean part of the building has been covered with a reinforced concrete slab to create a basement with a low ceiling. The style of the interior was determined by the industrial origins of the building, as can be seen in the open constructions and the rough, untreated surfaces. The brick external walls have been lightly trowelled with lime mortar and painted white, leaving the texture of the brickwork visible. The partition walls are from aerated concrete blocks trowelled with lime mortar and painted white. The reinforced concrete panels of the ceiling and the supporting beams have been minimally restored and left in their original condition, with only a light wash of concrete paint. The metal telpher that moves along the two load-bearing rails below the ceiling and the blue-tinted rails have simply been washed and coated with furniture wax. The rails, which run from one end of the house to the other, fulfil a number of new functions.The ceiling luminaires along both sides of the house are mounted on these rails. The free-standing wall of shelf units is held upright with the help of a new aluminium truss spanned across the rails. The pulleys for the wires and counterweights supporting the metal hood of the fireplace are also fastened to the rails.

The building has ribbon-shaped foundation on palling. All of the living area floors are heated with water from the ground- source heat pump and clad with exotic wood planks.

Architect Zaiga Gaile at the Entrance door. Facade detail of the perforated corten steel shutters, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

The Bath house-Nautilus

The Bathhouse – the Nautilus – is located on the beach. It resembles the turret of a submarine and is clad with riveted stainless-steel plates. The strange object is an attempt at organic, sculptural expression in architectural form, a perhaps somewhat ironic version of the traditional Latvian bathhouse. We understood that the object would have to be something sculptural – different in form and material from the main house.

Living space with the dining table and kitchen area, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Nautilus has a stainless steel carcass construction, which was created in a warehouse, transportated and put together on site.  The outer plates were clenched to the stainless steel construction.  Plates – 1.5mm thick (Finnish). Between the carcass there is a 20cm thick layer of foam-glass insulation (imported from Germany). Inner wall finish- white plastering. Doors, windows – individual design, made from stainless steel. Heating – electric warm floors. Ventilation – natural. Floor – stainless steel plates. Sauna – electric stove. Finished with asp wooden planks. Outer bath tube is created from individual design in stainless steel with two massage spouts and underwater lightning. Bath water is kept warm with electric heat ~37 degrees. Bath tube has a cover, to keep the water warm, when it is not used. Water is taken from underground drillhole supply. Nautilus was created by individual constructor Dzintars Pliksis, who worked on the site for a year. Nautilus bath house is defined as a design object, and creation of such took a very long time and accurate work. The owner Maris Gailis found the soviet time perescope by putting an add in the internet. The wooden furniture in the interior is of exotic wood Yatoba – the same as in the living house. Lightning objects were taken from ship interior catalogues. Nautilus idea originated during Christmass holiday as a reflection of captain’s Nemo cabin out of Gil Vern’s novel. Young people call it: cosmic architecture. The success lies in the fact that all the work was done very attentively and accurately-a perfect quality.

Lounging area – ‘yurt’ with individually designed mobile fireplace, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Technologies:

The family vacation home  is an environmentally friendly object that is autonomous in regard of heating, ventilation, water supply and sewage. The only exception is electric power, although we had initially hoped to produce power with a wind generator. The idea has been put on hold until government support is made available for individually produced electric power. The buildings are heated with help of a ground- source heat pump that takes energy from an artesian drill hole.

View of the children’s apartment with closed shutters, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Natural air exchange is provided by ventilation ducts in the chimneys of the Pumping Station. The rooms in the basement and the main hall are ventilated through the original pipes of the pumping system installed below the ground level of the island.

Water is drawn from a 70 m deep artesian well located in the beach zone. Sewage is biologically treated. The biological purification tank is buried on the south end of the island, the purified water is drained into the ground.

At the end of the mole is a transformer substation that provides the island with power. Power cables run under the surface of the mole from the transformer station to the basement of the main building. A 32 kW generator has also been installed in the basement to provide electricity in the case of a power failure. The fuel supply is sufficient for seven days.

Master bedroom on mezzazine platform, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Decors:

The name of the area – Easter Island was chosen due to the fact that the owners- Zaiga and Maris Gaili discovered the property on a trip along Kurzeme shoreline on Easter morning. Therefore the design of perforation of the window and door Corten-steel shutters was created based on the original sculptures of the Moai – the stone giants of the original Easter Island, downscaled 1:250 – which appear to be watching each other from opposite shutters.

Architectural details and landscaping elements such as the gate and the outside lamps are also individually designes and made of rusted steel. They look as if they have been there forever, corroded over the years – just like the old water pipes of the Pumping Station, which have an authentic patina.

The bath house ‘Nautilus’ located on private beach behind the vacation house, Image Courtesy © Maija Putnina

Furniture:

The design of the interior is an exercise in contrasts: rough, cool industrial surfaces and perfectly finished, warm wood. The stark element is represented by the crudely finished brickwork walls, the concrete panels, the metal beams, platforms, stairs and railings, the aluminium windows. The contrast is achieved with consistent and abundant use of wood – a style borrowed from the architecture of yachts and ships.

The concept for the furnishings is based on highquality design that has stood the test of time.

View to the open sea from the outdoor bath tub in Nautilus, Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

Equipment

Kitchen was individually designed and equipped by Bulthaup. It is located on one side of the living area beneath the master apartment balcony. It has an island with installed sink, shelves and wine refrigirator; built-in coffe mashine, ice-maker, microwave, stove and oven. All equipment from Gaggenau.

Exclusive elements

The Vacation house is located on the only artificial island in the Baltic sea.

Given the name of Easter Island due to the Easter Holidays, when it was discovered by the owners.The conversion project anticipates preservation of the island’s landscape and architectural features, these being understood as a monument of Soviet industrial architecture – a token of a bygone time and place. Transformation of the Pumping Station into a vacation home is an uninvasive conversion of both site and building.

Site plan, Image Courtesy © ZaigasGailesBirojs

Additional information

International awards

Vacation Home On Easter Island has been shortlisted in the category House at WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2012, which took place in Singapore from October 3 to 5, 2012,

Project -  Vacation home on Easter Island has been nominated for Mies van der Rohe 2011 award.

Project has won the International Architecture Award 2010 by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design; and been 2009 House of the Year by WAN (World Architecture News) long list finalist.

Ground floor plan, Image Courtesy © ZaigasGailesBirojs

Local awards:

2009    The Best Projects of Latvia 2009 award – A Vacation home on Easter Island, Kaltene, Latvia

Annual award of Latvian Architect Association

2009    Public vote winner 2009 – A Vacation home on Easter Island, Kaltene, Latvia

www.delfi.lv

2008    The Best Modern Solution in Historical Environment – reconstruction of pump station of experimental factory, Kaltene, Roja disctrict, Latvia

Annual award of Cultural Heritage 2007

2008    The Best Building in Latvia, 2007 in nomination Reconstruction, First Prize – conversion of former fish pumping station to residential house, Kaltene, Roja district, Latvia

Annual award of Latvian Builders Associantion

Airbaltic Passenger Terminal in Riga, Latvia by MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

This work opens our participation with ahead – architects, based in London, a studio which we now have a partnership. Our scheme sets the terminal building in the middle of the two piers, demonstrating a strong connection with both of them. The continuous language of form, materials and expression shape both interior and exterior of the terminal. Further-more, the proposed design is intended to be read as one object; one entity where both piers play an inner complicity.

Image Courtesy MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos

  • Architects: MSB Arquitectos + ahad Arquitectos
  • Project: Airbaltic Passenger Terminal
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Year: 2010

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Samrode Building in Ventspils, Latvia by Krists Karklins Design and Arhitektūras Birojs FORMA

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Article source: Krists Karklins Design

The design of addition to the Samrode, SIA construction company headquarters in Ventspils is based on the desire of the client and the project team to create a compact and contemporary architectural volume that maintains a harmonious and complimentary relationship with its historic city center context. The conceptual narrative for this building is based on three scales of purposeful design operations in response to opportunities/limitations offered by the site. From the urban design perspective, the massing of this building is determined by the precedent outlines of a munitions warehouse and a wooden shed, previously present on the site.

Image Courtesy © Indriķis Stūrmanis

  • Architects: Krists Karklins Design, LLC and Arhitektūras Birojs FORMA, SIA
  • Project: Samrode Building
  • Location: Zvana Street 2, Ventspils, Latvia
  • Project Team: Krists Kārkliņš, Ināra Kārkliņa, Jānis Zaharāns, Lauris Zaharāns, Juris Križanovskis
  • Client/Contractor: Samrode, SIA
  • Engineering: Samrode, SIA
  • Year of completion: 2012
  • Size: 600 square meters (400 square meters of new construction and 200 square meters of existing building renovation)
  • Photographer: Indriķis Stūrmanis
  • Software used:
    • A/CAD for drafting
    • 3D Studio Max for 3D modeling and visualizations
    • Photoshop for raster image touch-ups and editing
    • InDesign for booklet and presentation layouts
    • Adobe Acrobat for file presentation, communication, and transfer.

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Riga International Airport Winning Proposal in Latvia by Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur

Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur have won the open international competition for the new airBaltic terminal at Riga International Airport.The competition called for “design concepts, both architectural and functional that best captured the aspirations and brand identity of airBaltic”.  The first phase will accommodate 7-8 million passengers per annum, whilst the new terminal will eventually cater for 14 million passengers. The organising committee received 125 entries from 70 countries.

 

Interior View

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Hotel Liesma in Jurmala, Latvia by BNKR Arquitectura

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Article source: BNKR Arquitectura

A hotel that aims to reproduce in material form the ephemeral process of the diffusion of sound.  This is a process of vibrant outward expression and subsequent decay.  It is a narrative of the loss of integrity and dematerialization in space.

Hotel Liesma

  • Architects: BNKR Arquitectura
  • Project: Hotel Liesma
  • Location: Jurmala, Latvia
  • Partners: Esteban Suárez (Founding Partner) y Sebastián Suárez
  • Project Leaders: Emelio Barjau, Jaime Sol
  • Area: 15,000 m2
  • Status: Competition 2011
  • Renderings: Adrian Aguilar, Jaime Sol
  • Project Team: Adrian Aguilar, Emelio Barjau, Benedetta Caprioti, Paul Chavez, Francisco Cruz, Laura Fontaine, Mitl Gaxiola, Angel Rivero, Jaime Sol and Lasma Grigone
  • Software used: Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, AutoCad and 3d MAX

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Dzintaru Observation Tower in Latvia by ARHIS Architects

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Article source: ARHIS Architects

In the year 2008 the City Council of Jurmala decided to build an observation tower in the new active recreation Dzintaru Park area. The proposal of ARHIS, designed for a different location, was selected.

Images Courtesy Arnis Kleinbergs

  • Architect: ARHIS Architects
  • Name of Project: Dzintaru Observation Tower in Latvia
  • Location: Jurmala, Latvia
  • Project Architect: Arnis Kleinbergs
  • Client: City Council of Jurmala
  • Project team: Ieva Stale, Andrejs Gorodnicijs
  • Structural engineer: Grigorijs Kameneckis
  • Photographs: Arnis Kleinbergs

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Kindergarten in Tallinas street 6, Riga, Latvia by ARHIS

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Article source: ARHIS

Competition proposal for kindergarten in Tallinas street 6, Riga, Latvia by ARHIS

The aim of the competition proposal is to create a new type of kindergarten, where children can easily learn to incorporate with each other and with urban environment, and society.

The project solution is a public building with three-dimensional park integrated in the urban structure – to become a part of the city public space and greenery system, which is a part of the Riga development plan.

 

Site overview

  • Architect: ARHIS
  • Name of Project: kindergarten in Tallinas street
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Authors: Architects – Andris Kronbergs, Arnita Armane, Raimonds Saulitis, Andis Alksnins, Kristaps Sulcs, Evija Runce, Andris Dzenis, Linda Zala, Girts Kula, Jurgis Vizulis, Helvijs Savickis
  • Software used: Autodesk 3D max, AutoCAD and SketchUp

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Commercial and entertainment center “Riga Plaza” in Riga, Latvia by Architectural Practice ARHIS

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Article source: Architectural Practice ARHIS

The main functions of the building are commercial center, entertainment complex with the following main functional groups of the building:

ñ  Different size and assortment commercial areas
ñ  Supermarket
ñ  Entertainment complex
ñ  Multiplex cinema
ñ  Catering complex
ñ  Multi-storey parking lot

South facade entrance at night (Image Courtesy Indrikis Sturmanis)

  • Architects: Architectural Practice ARHIS
  • Project: Commercial and entertainment center “Riga Plaza”
  • Location: Riga, Latvia
  • Designer: Ltd. Architectural Practice ARHIS (www.arhis.lv)
  • Photographer: Indrikis Sturmanis
  • Completion date:Design: 2002 – 2006, construction: 2007 – 2009
  • Site area:Total area of the land plots m2: 80 310
  • Construction area: Total construction area m2: 89 968

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House on Zaru street in Riga, Latvia by Open AD

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Article source: Open AD

By its structure the house is twin-house, in which lives two different persons, so both facades are developed in different materials- one is made in greyish vetical wood, other- in black metal. The closing terrace components of the house are solved identical- in black wood, which visually is merging the building in one extent.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Open AD
  • Name of Project: House on Zaru street
  • Location: Zaru street 12, Riga, Latvia
  • Year: 2007-2009
  • Project, realization: architect Zane Tetere, OPEN AD
  • Interior: architect Zane Tetere, participating M. Petersons
  • Landscape architect: Linda Zala
  • Sketches: architect Andis Silis \”SZK\”
  • Photo: Maris Lagzdins

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McCann-Erickson Riga and Inspired Office in Marupe, Latvia by Open AD

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Article source: Open AD

Functional planning is made as stylization of union of inner room and outside- there are formed „streets” on which as seperated blocks are located „houses” with windows, facades, podiums, in floor recessed flowerbeds etc. For finishing and furniture is used simple materials- boards, lacquered MDF, white wall painting on 4th floor, grey lacquered plastula for 3dr floor walls.

Interior View of Inspired Office

  • Architect: Open AD  – Zane Tetere
  • Name of Project: McCann-Erickson Riga and Inspired Office
  • Location: Marupe, Latvia
  • Client: SIA McCann Erickson-Riga and Inspired
  • Autors/i: SIA OPEN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN-  architect Zane Tetere, designer Elina Tetere
  • Project: 2010
  • Realization: 2010
  • Executors: metal artist Edgars Spridzans, carpenters “LB construction”
  • Techincal specifications: 3rd floor (Inspired) 380m2 , 4th floor (McCann- Erickson-Riga) 640m2, total area 1020m2.

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