The morphology of the volumes is meant to be in cultural continuity with traditional rural architecture of Latvia, in all its aspects: components (e.g. pitched roofs, porches), organization and materiality (50% of Latvia’s territory is occupied by forests). This lent itself to a set of monolithic pitched wood volumes, facing different directions which are meant to control the views over each other, and provide interesting solar orientations.
However our drive in giving continuity to local materials, such as wood, and traditional morphologies comes from a sustainability concern. As obvious as it might seem, it is within the traditional techniques and shapes that the most valuable lessons of sustainability lay through the purposeful use of natural and intellectual resources (the expertise of local carpenters and technicians and one of the most common construction material _ wood)
A vital aspect of this central cluster, is that it was devised as a democratic space in which housing for guests and locals has the same representation. This concern made the design of each cabin exactly the same, as a standardized unity. This was to reinforce the very idea of community and demote the distance between visitors and servants, while also opening to the possibility of adding another extra units, later in the future.
Secondly, due to type of climate, namely extreme winters, it was vital to consider a sustainable heating system in order to devise the proposal with responsible with all the aspects of comfortable living. All housing all living units where design to revolve around a central heating system that uses a traditional fire place to produce heat. These central heating systems where developed through a heating wall made of adobe, which is heated though the fire place. Sculpted with voids for niches and sitting areas, these walls became central pieces, reinforcing once more, the sense of community that is inherent to them. Complementary to these central pieces, our proposal includes a geothermal heat pump, which we considered an appropriate ecological and energy-saving option for complementary heating.