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8 Blacks / NRJA

  • 01:00 - 4 April, 2011
8 Blacks / NRJA
8 Blacks / NRJA, © Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

© Gatis Rozenfelds © Gatis Rozenfelds © Gatis Rozenfelds © Gatis Rozenfelds +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kuldīgas novads, Latvia
  • Architects

    NRJA - Uldis Luksevics, Ieva Lace, Linda Leitane, Ints Mengelis
  • Area

    461.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. Initially planned as a holiday house, at the end of the design process - socially active family’s living house complex at the River Venta near Kuldiga.

© Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

The place drags in to live there.

1. A group of buildings for daily living, located around the paved courtyard and creating center of gravity for the complex,

2. Guest house and Sauna house located at a distance,

3. Cellar sat within relief and ancillary buildings.

4. Football and Volleyball field

© Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

8 BLACKS is a modern approach for traditional living complex in Kurzeme adopting the archetypal cross-section as a common element for all buildings. Union of traditional and modern in the image of the house entail sense of inheritance and belonging at the same time providing the necessary comfort for active living.

© Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

Expressive nature of the terrain - a swift river, remarkable relief, wind - defined the minimalist form of buildings; they do not compete with nature.Using one material for both - walls and roofs – homogenous look of the building is achieved; surface texture and details are reached by the finish of raw wood planking.In contrast of 8 BLACKS the inner courtyard is connected to garage building, made of white polycarbonate and operating as a large lamp and illuminating the yard.

© Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

8 BLACKS - 8 black painted wood planking buildings forming a complex.

Large windows of the buildings provide a visual link with the surroundings; the terraces of various sizes offer an opportunity to go out while being in the house.Indoor space is formed following a principle of 'box in a box' - free-standing room blocks with built-in furniture walls. The space above the ceilings is used as extra sleeping area.

© Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

Two-storey volume separated by a gallery and a terrace from the rest of the residential building contains a fireplace room on the ground floor and owner’s working room on the upper level. Construction of walls in this building is different from other volumes – metal frame construction with glass fill and rare wooden siding creates light games in the interior. Wooden boards, opened up towards the river, allow watching it.

© Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

Placed within the existing relief the cellar volume is ending up the planed garden with a solid rock wall. More over the garden within the gully will be protected from prevailing winds. The cellar is located at a distance from living complex, while the visual link is provided through an opening in the garage building. Final volume of the complex - the gate house – will visually complete the private courtyard; it will place a wide, comfortable main entrance with a place for dog and technical equipment room.

© Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds

8 BLACKS identity sign that appears on the main entrance wall, is made by modifying site plan and thereby obtaining the sign of the complex. By multiplication and combination, one gets a drawing, which will be set up on the white wall of master’s bathroom.

© Gatis Rozenfelds
© Gatis Rozenfelds
Cite: "8 Blacks / NRJA" 04 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/124290/8-blacks-nrja/>
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33 Comments

jens · December 15, 2015

These are great looking pictures. I really like houses that use the same material for the roof and the front/facade, especially black wood. One question that comes to my mind: how do you avoid moisture that gets through the roof into the house? Doesn't the wood on the roof help water to accumulate and to seep in? We want to build a house like that, but unfortunately, hardly anyone around here knows how to deal with a roof like that.

Sigita · March 30, 2012

Nu v?l aizvien:
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Christian Stewart · March 04, 2012

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Miftah Arief · March 03, 2012

i love the contrast

Kennet · September 24, 2011
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Aleisa Mondolfi · April 13, 2011

Esta hermosa casa queda en Latvia (entre Estonia y Lituania). 8 Blacks NRJA arquitectos http://www.archdaily.com/12429...

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Jean-Daniel Grob · April 05, 2011

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ieva · April 05, 2011

p.s. a place shown in the map is not quite correct, 8 BLACKS site is at the river Venta

WSBY · April 05, 2011

Bravissimo )) Labs darbs

Jacob Winfield · April 05, 2011

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Chris Carlton · April 05, 2011

I envy these guys. Bravo.

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Jami · April 05, 2011

I love it! Just perfect! :)

arff · April 04, 2011

It's black

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