Status: Competition (2023)
Location: Malta Parish, Latvia
Climate: Continental, Temperate
Materials: Wood, Metal
Environments: Forest, Riverside
Scale: 450 ㎡ Small
Types: House, Residential
The basic notion behind ‘Roof’ brings the project to the primary idea of a shelter, allowing permanent settlement and coexistence underneath. Learning from the local Latvian suburb, the typical Jerkinhead gable roof with dormer windows was developed to be sophisticated but straightforward. By extending the edges, the roof holds the ability to adjust according to the adjacent program. This roof’s protrusion covers with a porous screen that breaks direct sunbeams, operable in strategic spots to avoid visual disruptions, and structurally supports balconies on the second floor.
While the lake spreads in front and the mainland is at the back, the general mass was placed in a horizontal position along the extensive part of the lot, with an aim to amplify the physical and visual connection with its surrounding. The building itself functions as a porous tissue when the rhythm of the structural grid is projected over the façade (every 150cm), and vast parts are operable and controlled, allowing passive ventilation and natural amalgamation with the wrap-inspiring landscape.
The design was dictated and based on a modular and functional grid, assisting in decreasing costs during the construction phase and making it easy to maintain. Back to the main idea, the mass was divided into four equal volumetric units. The two externals were allocated to the living units, with two stories when the ground floor hosts public activities and the mezzanine above accommodated the privet rooms. The two other internal portions were assigned to be a studio with double space height that could be split with a demising wall in the middle. The row composition creates a solid geometrical binder for the four units with both internal and external circulation as a versatile platform for creation.