Open AD has designed Ziedlejas Latvian nature spa, as an antidote to the stresses of modern urban life.
The wellness resort is the result of a trusting, long-term partnership between the owners, Open AD and landscape architect. Together, they built a successful contemporary hospitality business based on the humble local sauna culture.
By putting a modern spin on tradition, enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of the sauna, Open AD illustrates how architecture and design can keep local heritage relevant in the age of globalisation by opening it up to new audiences.
Though built one-at-a-time, the sauna buildings, cabins and landscape shape one holistic whole.
This project has been shortlisted in the hospitality building category of Dezeen Awards 2021.
Architects: Open AD
Project: Ziedlejas Spa and Wellness Resort
Read more: Open AD
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