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Students build scaffold-like pavilion topped with mesh "cloud" at former Latvian brewery

Stacks of recycled materials form tables, benches and stairs in this temporary timber pavilion, designed by architecture students for the grounds of a former beer brewery in Cēsis, Latvia (+ slideshow).

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Austris Mailītis

The Archive is one of two structures built by students from the Riga Technical University summer school at the old Cēsis Beer Brewery, which is set to be transformed into a hub for science and arts by Riga-based architects Mailītis AIIM.

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Ansis Starks

Mailītis AIIM architects Austris Mailītis, Andra Odumāne and Reiji Kobayashi worked with 13 students to design and build the temporary structure.

The aim was highlight the rich history of the brewery, as well as to create a space for community events like children's games and parties.

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Austris Mailītis

The pavilion is made up of a large wooden scaffolding that is filled with recycled brick and wooden materials, which visitors can rearrange and add to.

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Madara Gritane

"The project is about making evident the life behind the objects that this place has collected through time," said the team.

"Bricolage of buildings, materials and construction methods from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries forms the curious beauty of industrial architecture of the brewery."

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Ansis Starks

The freestanding structure adjoins an existing garage on the site and provides seating for the Castle Park open-air stage that it overlooks. There is also a smaller, recycled brick stage between the pavilion and the site's existing masonry wall.

Inside, the found objects create seating, benches and a staircase that leads to a terrace at the top with views over the park. Here, a cloud-shaped flag of fibreglass mesh forms a cover for the terrace, and also offers a beacon to passers by.

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Ansis Starks

"The installation takes the visitor on a journey through the dense framework into dark depth of the structure, then up to the stairs, out from below the roof and culminates with a terrace in the kinetic cloud that opens views over the Castle Park and the secret overgrown roof," explained the team.

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Ansis Starks

This sequence references the history of an engineer who worked on the brewery during the Soviet era. As one of few survivors to return to Latvia after a spell of hard labour in a uranium mine, his story served as an inspiration.

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Madara Gritane

"He is partly responsible of how the brewery looks now, but before he was one of the few Latvians who returned alive from uranium mines of Chukotka," said Mailītis. "He used residue to raise his head over the roof and stay alive in camp."

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Madara Gritane

"We wanted to make stairs from offcuts to climb out from the darkest corner of brewery and to put our head in the cloud."

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Photograph by Kaspars Kursiss

Mailītis AIIM has also designed an outdoor dining area for the site, while another group of students at this year's summer school created a train-inspired party pavilion.

Night Train by RTU
Another group of students built the Night Train party pavilion in the grounds of the brewery during this year's summer school

In previous years, students from the summer school have created a library tower where passers-by could drop off and exchange unwanted books and a 4.5-metre-high stilted cabin that offered uninterrupted views of the Latvian landscape.


Project credits:

Tutors: Austris Mailītis, Andra Odumāne and Reiji Kobayashi (Mailītis AIIM architects)
Students: Andreas Panayiotou, Ben Hutchinson, Darcy Millar, Evelien Thuysbaert, Ekaterina Kovaleva, Kateryna Syraeva, Liina Viil, Linjie Li, Matilda Svensk, Signe Pērkone, Uldis Trapencieris, Ramon Cordova Gonzalez and Patrīcija Berga
Technical assistants: Valdis Linde and Andis Alksniņš

The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Site plan – click for larger image
The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Floor plan – click for larger image
The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Long section – click for larger image
The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Cross section – click for larger image
The Archive by Mailitis AIIM
Cloud diagram – click for larger image