House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA

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Saka, Latvia
  • Architects: NRJA: NRJA (Uldis Luksevics, Martins Osans)
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2002

Text description provided by the architects. I like how this house uses an existing structure to hide, in both landscape and against the strong winds, creating a new habitable interior. 

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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).

House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA - Garden

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. 

House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA - Garden, Courtyard

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. 

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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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Cite: "House of Ruins (Drupas) / NRJA" 16 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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