Contemporary family residence amidst Koknese’s past
Location: Koknese, Latvia
Year: In progress
Team: Kristaps Sulcs, Zane Tetere-Sulce, Olga Ponomarjova, Elina Tetere
3D: Olga Ponomarjova
Adjacent to the Koknese Castle ruins, is a tribute to harmonizing contemporary architectural design with the profound historical and natural landscape of the area.
Inspired by the ruins of Koknese Castle, our project involves the construction of a building that not only complements the landscape but also emphasizes its historical significance. The structure, comprised of two parallel volumes integrated into the terrain, is carefully oriented towards the ruins. When viewed from the river or the castle itself, it was crucial for us to present the narrow end of the building to the observer, creating an appearance of lightness and minimal footprint, ensuring it doesn’t obstruct or disrupt the natural slope on which it sits.
The use of reflective glass at the ends of the structure aids in blending the building into its natural surroundings. Functionally, one volume is dedicated to residential quarters, while the other facilitates active communal living and services. A connecting central section serves as both a transit and visual axis, directing views towards the castle ruins. This section not only separates the two main volumes but also leads down to the lower level, integrating the entire structure into a cohesive unit that respects its historic context and the natural landscape. Landscaping around the building further integrates it with the environment, creating a seamless transition between the structure and the natural beauty of the Koknese area.
Complementing the primary residence, we’re also crafting a modular sauna structure that aligns with the narrative of the main house, right down to the central stair positioning. This sauna features a clear glass wall that provides a direct view of the Kokneses Castle ruins. The structure also includes an outdoor kitchen and a space for relaxation to allow its’ residents to take the full advantage of the scenery, and the presence of nature and history.