fiftypointeight submitted an entry for the architectural competition, to design an ecotourist facility in Latvia.
The Blue Clay Country Spa competition pursued provocation of a decisive contemporary issue. The rise of sweeping urban migrations of the last quarter century coincides with a disciplinary preoccupation of architecture and the city, manifested in theory and praxis. This has all but left the vast expanse of any non-urban territory virtually uncertain. The competition invited the contemplation of the economic, cultural, and architectural implications of inhabiting the non-urban, through an ecotourist facility in Latvia.
Our submission interrogates the inherent tensions between subject and object, building and site, leveraging established programmatic and site constraints.
Our design is split into three separate units, the spa, guesthouse and staff house. The siting of the buildings require the guests to amble through the landscape, opening opportunity for exploration and interaction with the natural environment.