The Blue Clay country Spa competition asked for submissions to design an ecotourist facility in Latvia.
The project brief:
“The Blue Clay Country Spa competition pursues 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 invites students and professionals to contemplate the economic, cultural, and architectural implications of inhabiting the non-urban, through an ecotourist facility in Latvia.
Viable submissions interrogate the inherent tensions between subject and object, building and site, leveraging established programmatic and site constraints. Particularly successful projects engage the agency of typological form — including for instance, the courtyard, shed, garden and pavilion. This is particularly significant in a landscape unadulterated by buildings. Selected entries establish social collectivity through circulation and parti, while prescribing distinct individual and programmatic experience through space, material, and form.”
Our submission interrogated the inherent tensions between subject and object, building and site, leveraging established programmatic and site constraints.
Our design was split into three separate units, the spa, guesthouse and staff house. The siting of the buildings required the guests to amble through the landscape, opening opportunity for exploration and interaction with the natural environment.