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Apartment House in Riga: Latvia


The site’s unique location on the city boundary of the Latvian seaside resort of Jurmala allows for a life in the country with wonderful views over the surrounding landscape. In direct proximity to the beach of the Baltic Sea and located amidst old trees, the apartment house appears like “a white pearl in the forest“. The voluminous geometric sculpture unifies interior and outdoor space, architecture and garden landscape into a comprehensive whole. Boundaries between interior and exterior disappear due to the interaction of form and space. Walls dissolve into “frames“, the exterior space penetrates the differentiated building in the form of loggias and terraces. The building’s geometry is based on the layering of the circular form and orthogonal structure. The white plastered surfaces, characterizing the building’s appearance, are contrasted with the large window openings. Lattice frames, projections and recesses as well as terraces with stainless steel balustrades divide the building. The house comprises seven freehold flats on three levels with a penthouse apartment on the top floor. All seven apartments differ regarding their design and orientation towards the surrounding landscape. The underground car park and swimming pool are located in the basement, with the pool being naturally lit from the adjoining garden. The quality equipment meets the highest demands. All apartments have generous living and dining areas and are partially designed as maisonettes over two levels. The floors are finished with beech tree parquet respectively screed floors in the living area, with granite in kitchen and bathroom. Grey and blue tones define the design of interior walls, single carmine wall surfaces place some emphasis. The built-in units in the bathroom and kitchen are made from wood respectively stainless steel. Swiss pear wood was used for doors and fitted wardrobes. Architect: GMP Photographer: Klaus Frahm

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