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House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA

  • 01:00 - 16 February, 2009
House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA
House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Saka, Latvia
  • Architects

    NRJA (Uldis Luksevics, Martins Osans)
  • General Constructor

    RBS Skal
  • Client

    Una and Andris Vitolins
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. I like how this house uses an existing structure to hide, in both landscape and against the strong winds, creating a new habitable interior. 

This house by NRJA (this weeks AD Futures pick) won the Gran Prix for the Latvian Architecture Prize (2005), the Best Technology Award at the Interior Digest Magazine (outstanding implementation of a project using contemporary construction, constructive and electronic technologies, 2006) and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award (2007).

The House of Ruins is located in Latvia on the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is a new family house built inside the19th century ruins of a traditional Latvian barn. 

The architects here have used the idea of contrast where wind from the sea is opposed to the warmth of the family, and perfection of glass is set against rough surface of the old stone. 

The house provides both, modern life comfort and quietness of the nature. Organised in one level, it also contains a small courtyard and a spacious roof terrace for watching the sea and surrounding meadows.

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Umano_Estudio · March 27, 2012 Esta casa es una #Ruina _House of Ruins @Umano_Estudio

Suiteurbana · March 26, 2012 Esta casa es una #Ruina _House of Ruins @Umano_Estudio

Jim Norris · February 18, 2012

@lavardera Examples: factory/mill conversion, old farmhouse, NY loft, alley garage, or a ruin

Mohammad Awny · February 11, 2012

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metin aygün · February 11, 2012

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Eduards · October 08, 2010

nu baigi interesanti #arhitekt?ra

A Outten · September 04, 2010

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Greg Walters · March 29, 2010

I'm torn between my love of the concept and the final outcome of what should be acknowledged as a project very well done and the fact that this is the Arch Daily "House of the Year". Other than the re-use concept, which I whole heartedly applaud, the design of the new structure seems to be very pedestrian at best. As stated above this is not a unique concept and has been done in many variations already. Is this then the "walled house of the year?" or maybe a side category of "Re-use house of the year?"

Tomas Faria · March 09, 2010

RT @FariaTomas: #architecture casa massaroca demais.

Tomas Faria · March 09, 2010

#architecture casa massaroca demais.

p · March 08, 2010

nu braliukas - nice!

mingh · March 06, 2010

nicely done, but not a new idea.
Here's a link to a similar project in belgium

anita licis-ribak · March 05, 2010

Living among the ruins-a thoughtful and fresh take on residential architecture in Latvia / NRJA | ArchDaily

N3l · March 05, 2010

nice job!

Actually in Perú , the colonial houses in Cuzco looks like this one, since the spanish built their mansions upon old Inka's structures

Redhair · March 04, 2010


Redhair · March 04, 2010

House of Ruins -

Braliukas · March 04, 2010

Great usage of existing conditions, heritage and concepts. Happy for our Latvian brothers :)

kai · February 28, 2010

This is a similar, older project in Malacca, Malaysia. It is a new house built into the ruined space of a 100 year old "shophouse".

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matissgr · February 22, 2010

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vesma · February 22, 2010

anyone else joining me?

Barby Omodei · February 12, 2010

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Michael Baugus · February 11, 2010

Adaptive re-use! House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA.

majewski · September 29, 2009

Great Idea...

João · February 26, 2009

it's even more impressive with the white snow... really nice...

Arman · February 19, 2009

It's good. Still, I believe the concrete looks ghastly grey and dead, next to the beautiful tonalities of the original stone walls, and the transitions between these look like scarred tissue right now... but I guess it will age well. Cheers.

zEro · February 18, 2009

Ruins: Some built beside, others, inside! Very interesting house!

roadkill · February 18, 2009

thanks dbasulto... very nice of you and IT does help understand the project a wee better

bentply · February 18, 2009

Great house! I also really enjoy when people are incorporated into architectural photography. I think too often spaces are illustrated as bare minimal architecture. I think more personal photography, as seen in dwell, is a growing trend.

Nicolás Verdejo · February 17, 2009

Amazing walls! I remember the Upper Lawn Pavilion of the Smithsons. Radical n' pristine building, congrats!

Marco · February 17, 2009

Very nice project, in my country we have several old buildings kowing as "Haciendas", this is a realy good way to reuse this buildings, you know, I feel very atract by the old buildings and that sound as a very ptacrical, nice and professional way to re use them. I´m a product designer, creating every day new ideas,but to live...old buildings. by the way I´m from Mexico city, now I living in Hidalgo, state of haciendas.

aikon · February 17, 2009

thank you for uploading interior images. its more of a vacation house rather than a residential. its nice how the ruins kept it private while the glass house kept it open.

temple · February 17, 2009

concept is great!!!respect guys

odris · February 17, 2009

i really love the concept of this house..

dbasulto · February 17, 2009

Dear readers,

I forgot to post all the rest of the pictures! Now they are on the gallery.

Roadkill, you´ll find all the drawings there.

I love the work of this office.

Contemporary Art · February 17, 2009

What a fantasy. I would love to see interior shots; it's such a simple idea, but a very moving one in some way.

shav · February 17, 2009

... nice ladies....

roadkill · February 17, 2009

how about posting some drawings? would help getting a better picture of the project

aikon · February 17, 2009

i like how they built a modern house within the ruins and a glass house to be specific. the ruins make it a private estate yet the glass house makes the whole living space an open space.

jarmo k · February 17, 2009

this is absolutely stunning!! i love how the stones and concrete meet!

pathos · February 17, 2009


Benjamin · February 17, 2009

very nice.. it feels very mysterious and has lots of culture and history behind it which is nice. good to see they didn't just take the easy option and bulldoze the ruins.


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