Latvia, Riga 

Jurmala Residence Extension

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Client Krasovicky family
Design Meinhard von Gerkan
Team Volkmar Sievers, Brigitte Queck
Construction firm Vincents, Riga
Construction period 2005-2006
Gross floor area 500 m²

 

Photographers:

Heiner Leiska

www.leiska.de

 

Links:

Jurmala Residenz, Riga

The "Villa Marta", dating back to 1928, is impressive despite being stylistically inconsistent and behind its time. A contemporary visitor's building was added by gmp in 1996: The stringent contrast of shape and material between old and new became a significant factor. The ensemble's unity was determined by the composition of building elements, now completed by a further extension.

This extension combines individual yet connected structures that house sport and spa facilities as well as a staff area and the garage. One can relax in the swimming pool or get fit on the training bike. The seemingly straightforward symmetrical gabled roofs fitted with skylights and the unpretentious unclad wooden construction of larch remind of local rural building traditions.

The different building stages of the extension of the old villa over the last few years remain independent by forming their own symmetrical ensembles rather than becoming subordinate to the main house.