House on Zaru Street by Open AD

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House on Zaru Street by Open AD

These twin residences in Riga, Latvia, mirror one another exactly, except that one is clad in timber and the other in blackened steel.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

The conjoined two-storey homes are collectively named House on Zaru Street and were designed by Latvian architects Open AD.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Two rectangular box-frames surround each house, overhanging to shelter terraces at either end and balconies at the rear.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Recessed glass channels wrap around the building to divide it into quarters, providing entrances, windows and additional balconies.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Both houses contain open-plan living areas on the ground floor and two en-suite bedrooms above.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

This is the second house by Open AD featured on Dezeen within a week - see also a house and terrace surrounded by metallic grey beams.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Photography is by Maris Lagzdins.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Here's some more information from the architects:


House on Zaru street

By its structure the house is twin-house, in which lives two different persons, so both facades are developed in different materials- one is made in greyish vetical wood, other- in black metal.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

The closing terrace components of the house are solved identical- in black wood, which visually is merging the building in one extent.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Side facades are dividend by vertical accent which is side entrance and balcony on second floor.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Each part of house is about 160 sq.m, which are functionally well- considered.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

On first floor there is one spacious room with living, dining and kitchen area.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

In connective part is common entrace hall, facilities, and heating room.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

On second floor are two bedrooms, each with its own facilites, and wardrobe.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Zaru street 12, Riga.
Year: 2007-2009

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Project, realization: architect Zane Tetere, Open AD

 

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Interior: architect Zane Tetere, participating M. Petersons

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Landscape architect: Linda Zala.

House on Zaru Street by Open AD

Sketches: architect Andis Silis "SZK"

  • yuc

    Nice exteriors (where are the interiors?) Wouldn't sliding doors be better choice for balconies and terraces?

  • ept

    not sure if I like the white window frames..

  • robotica

    still, ''if you don't how to do architecture, just do boxes, 'cause they are 'Nice'''… boring stuff often makes sense. so Nice/bored to see the same style everywhere in the world, berlin, beijing, latvia, california….etc. so Nice/tired. yes, it's Nice, But….?

  • Chicken Pot Pie

    Is there anything inside them?

  • H-J

    The toilets and bathrooms on the first floor are not mirrored exactly at all…

  • http://www.concret-arte.com Hermel

    The ladder goes to the berdoom?

  • Guest

    160m2 for a two bedroom home? I question the use of space. Kitchen and dining are too large for the size of home, lots of circulation space which is difficult to use.