Site setting and circumstance: A house and courtyard garden, Riga, Latvia

Dickson, Michael and Francis, Mara, Site setting and circumstance: A house and courtyard garden, Riga, Latvia, Meshaparks, Riga, Latvia, 2008.

Designer Dickson, Michael
Francis, Mara
Title Site setting and circumstance: A house and courtyard garden, Riga, Latvia
Project name Site setting and circumstance: A house and courtyard garden, Riga, Latvia
Project description The project is an exploration in the role of the garden as a means of generating a sense of place and to become a key focus in the formation and memory of a dwelling. The project is situated in Latvia, in the suburb of Meshaparks, an old established suburb of Riga. The suburb is characterized by larger lot sizes with villas set amongst trees. In the early 1930's Scandinavian functionalist architecture came to prominence and continued in popularity for a short period, dying out in the mid 1930's. The subject project involved the restoration of an existing timber functionalist house designed in 1933 by the architect Lidija Hofmane-Grinberga and constructed in the same year. The site also contained two outbuildings designed and constructed in the mid and late 1980's The project aimed to draw out the latent potential of the site circumstance that comprised the sunny garden hidden from the street and buildings that enclosed the garden to create an informal yet enclosed space that became in effect the major outdoor "room" of the house. The design draws inspiration from traditional Latvian farmhouse courtyard gardens, Japanese enclosed gardens as well as the work of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
Project start date 2005-01-05
Date of completion 2008
Place published Riga, Latvia
Total pages 1 Design project
Location Meshaparks, Riga, Latvia
Type Design
Consultant Dickson Francis sia Architects
Azimuts sia Surveyors
ARB Nams sia Structural consultants
Projektshanas birojs a.i.d.e Electrical consultants
Telekom serviss sia Low voltage consultants
Voteks sia Ventilation consultants
HVAC sia Heating, water and sewerage consultants
Latinwest sia Swimming pool consultants
Aleja D sia Landscape consultants
Subject 310000 Architecture, Urban Environment and Building

120101 Architectural Design
120102 Architectural Heritage and Conservation
Keyword Architecture
Landscape design
Restoration
Interior and Environmental Design
Original Creative Works - Design/Architectural work

 
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Created: Fri, 30 Jan 2009, 12:08:31 EST by Mr Michael Dickson on behalf of School of Architecture