KRM House

KRM House

Architect
Open AD architects
Project Year
2019
Category
Housing
Alvis Rozenbergs
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
ManufacturersFocus
ManufacturersDCW éditions
Manufacturersferm LIVING
ManufacturersHerzbach
ManufacturersNORR11

Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
Manufacturers
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by NORR11

KRM House in Latvia

Open AD architects as Architects

A pavilion-style house informed by the ancient Latvian farmstead – the viensēta. Designed as a holiday home, the house encourages the owners’ connection to themselves, each other and the natural surroundings. It sits within a sparsely populated area of Gauja National Park in Latvia where passing wildlife is more common than humans. Nature entertains, inspires and provokes. Life doesn’t just take place indoors, it flows betweeen the exterior and interior with the terrace as a facilitator. 

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

Since traditional farmsteads have a yard bordered by the home and its outbuildings, we introduced a terraced garden in lieu of a functional barn and shed, which the owners didn’t need. The garden conceals a garage. The area creates a pocket of privacy within the landscape and strengthens the owners’ sense of belonging and ownership.

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

The building has a timber and metal frame, and Open AD repeated this combination of materials in the facade and interior. The external cladding is tar-treated pine and the decking is larch. The grey colour scheme is inspired by the aged timber and stone of old buildings, as well as the melancholic grey Latvian weather. The home sits organically in the landscape without crying out to be seen.

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

Another similarity with historical homes is the custom-made nature of many of the home’s features. Open AD worked with skilled artisans who brought the designers’ ideas to life such as the kitchen and shelving units, bed and couch. These are paired with select design pieces like the hanging fireplace.

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs

 

Team: Zane Tetere-Sulce, Jelena Ozolina-Jelisejeva, Beatrise Dzerve, Zane Araja

Brands: Focus Fireplaces, Ferm Living, NORR11, Herzbach, DCW editions, lett

Build: Delta Construction 

Carpentry: Uldis Ceplis

photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs
photo_credit Alvis Rozenbergs
Alvis Rozenbergs
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