Register: JUN/03/2019, Submit: JUN/04/2019, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (OCT/25 – DEC/04/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (DEC/05/2018 – FEB/12/2019); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (FEB/13 – JUN/03/2019), discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, BB Student Award 500 USD, BB Green Award 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
Latvia has been described as a vast, unspoilt parkland that is a tapestry of sea, lakes, and woods. With only one major cosmopolitan city, the capital city Riga, Latvia is a small country that provides its visitors and inhabitants with a vast amount of personal space. As one of the greenest countries in the world, most of Latvia is composed of fertile lowland plains and moderate hills. The countryside is a mixture of vast forests, fields, farmsteads and pastures, with hundreds of kilometres of undeveloped seashore, lined with pine forests, dunes, and continuous white sand beaches.
Latvia lies in Northern Europe, on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea and northwestern part of the East European craton, with a mixed and diverse cultural history birthed from having at one point been invaded by almost every regional power. It has a temperate humid continental climate, with coastal regions possessing more of a maritime climate with cooler summers and milder winters.
TOURISM IN LATVIA
Latvia has yet to be properly discovered by the large tourist crowds, with the capital city of Riga still being the country’s main tourism hub. The dynamic capital is a unique city that boasts beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, traditional cobblestone lanes, the historic old quarter, and steeples as far as the eye can see.
However, the country’s biggest resource is its breathtaking natural regions. Latvia provides endless opportunities for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy the pristine natural beauty of this sparsely-populated country; providing an ideal setting for hiking, cycling and nature-watching in a variety of natural settings that includes white-sand beaches amid pine-covered dunes.
TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE IN LATVIAN COUNTRYSIDE
Traditional Latvian architecture in the countryside and villages outside of the country’s main cities has long been constructed out of wood. For centuries, Latvian villagers constructed their homes from timber that could be collected from nearby forests, and covered with thatch roofing. While the homes were small and modest, they still had some architectural details that made them unique, such as the iconic forms of the gabled roofs.
When Latvia was conquered by German knights in the 13th century, German architectural styles began to displace the Latvian vernacular architecture from towns and cities. As such, larger building and more ornate structures like churches would not have typically been built in the vernacular style, although some do exist in certain villages.
Pāvilosta is located on the western coast of Latvia, it is a small port town that has been inhabited in some form since the Stone age. The first real development of the area began towards the end of the 19th century, when Pāvilosta became the main port for transporting stones to the city, Liepāja.
During the First World War, Pāvilosta was occupied by German armed forces and sustained heavy damage to its ships and infrastructure. After the war, it began to refocus its purpose from merchant ships to fishing vessels. Today, the port is mainly used to accommodate local fishing boats and tourist yachts, as well as being home to sailing and windsurfing schools.
These days, Pāvilosta is most widely known as a place for visitors to enjoy pristine nature, such as the long sandy beach and fresh Baltic Sea waters. Though still home to a small, local, fishing industry, the seaside town draws in tourists keen to immerse themselves in the untouched nature of the surroundings and the sharp sea air that helps fuel creativity. Its amber-strewn beaches a far-cry from the Soviet military port it once was, Pāvilosta is an idyllic summer getaway for those wanting to basque in nature and enjoy the sea.
PAVILOSTA POET HUTS
The Pavilosta Poet Huts architecture competition is tasking participants with delivering designs for residences for visiting poets. The key function of the complex would be to offer free residence to selected poets where they could live and work for a defined period of time.
Designs will need to include plans for a multifunctional space (able to accommodate small local exhibitions, performances, poetry readings and meditation sessions), dining room that would be able to host and serve all the visitors, a common kitchen as well as, of course, the poets’ huts themselves. The participants are required to design 5 huts in total ranging in size from single rooms to double rooms for up to four people per room. The layout of each hut should be simple, providing guests with a bed, a desk and a kitchenette, basic washing amenities and a small storage space. The huts should provide the visiting poets a solitude allowing them to let go of external world and reconnect with their souls in nature’s wild perfection.
The Pavilosta Poet Huts will be operated by the family who are the current land owners. As such participants willneed provide a comfortable home for the family as well. The host’s private accommodation must be separate from the poet huts. It can be under the same roof, however the circulation must clearly divide the two areas. This part of the building must provide a bedroom, a living room, a bathroom and a small kitchen.
The participants are also asked to think about the landscape. A terrace with a roof is suggested to host events in the summer, as well as a relatively secluded open sky area that can also be used for meditation.
With competition winners being considered for construction, designs for the Pavilosta Poet Huts should focus on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques. As Latvia has a reputation as one of Europe’s greenest countries, the structure should have the potential to become a regional example of green building practice.
5 Poet Huts
- 2 single bed huts;
- 2 double bed huts;
- 1 hut to accommodate up to four people.
Each hut must provide:
- Bed/s Desk
- Storage Room
Multifunctional space (40m2)
Accommodate exhibitions, group gatherings, poetry readings etc.
Dining room + Common Kitchen
- Living Room
- Small kitchen (can be common kitchen)
- Terrace with a roof
- Secluded open sky area for meditation
The competition programme is flexible, open for modifications and improved development strategies.