House of Flying Trees / Open AD

House of Flying Trees / Open AD

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© Klavs Loris
© Klavs Loris

Text description provided by the architects. Apartment complex in the historic center of Riga, HOFT comprises the last building of the 19th century Art Nouveau facade (by architect Karl Johann Felsko) with two additional floors and a new seven-storey volume covered with travertine. Each of the 42 apartments (from 76 m2 to 232 m2) has its own balcony overlooking a central courtyard.

© Klavs Loris
© Klavs Loris
First floor plan
First floor plan

While today it is not uncommon for courtyards to function as parking lots, at HOFT the architects directed traffic to a freshly constructed underground car park. The outdoor refuge is therefore reserved for residents to enjoy and connect with each other. Halls and common rooms reflect this idea and provide space to meet and mingle on shared ground.

© Klavs Loris
© Klavs Loris

The “flying” bonsais are both a tribute to Art Nouveau with its nature-inspired motifs and an innovative way to reinforce the presence of greenery in the city. They “fly” on several levels in boxes specially designed to be visible at all times, and provide comfort and inspiration to residents and their guests. Trees are central to the building’s identity and are reflected in the logo, graphics and entrance doors to the courtyard.

© Klavs Loris
© Klavs Loris

Thanks to its location, HOFT is fortunate to face some of Riga’s most striking examples of Art Nouveau, and the architects made sure to embrace it. All rooms facing the front benefit from large windows, so that the facades across the street contribute to the atmosphere, becoming an integral part of the interior. In the interior common areas, Art Nouveau is interpreted in the choice of shapes, materials and the general fluidity of the space. Wherever possible, interior features have been kept intact. The interiors are complemented by original artwork by local artist Klavs Loris.

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© Klavs Loris
© Klavs Loris
© Klavs Loris

HOFT illustrates that city centers can still be very livable in the 21st century and that living in an urban apartment can be combined with access to the outdoors and to the community.

© Klavs Loris
© Klavs Loris

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