Architecture · July 21, 2021 0

Planters Filled With Bonsai Trees Cover The Exterior Of This Building

OPEN AD architecture bureau has designed an update to an apartment building in Riga, Latvia, that added two glass-fronted levels to the original facade, allowing it to fit within the neighboring buildings, as well as an updated rear exterior that overlooks a courtyard.

As part of the design of the new exterior of this apartment building, ‘flying’ conifers and bonsai trees were placed in cantilevered planters.

As part of the design of the new exterior of the apartment building, ‘flying’ conifers and bonsai trees were placed in cantilevered planters.

As part of the design of the new facade of this apartment building, ‘flying’ conifers and bonsai trees were placed in cantilevered planters.

The conifers and bonsai trees are both an homage to and a modern interpretation of Art Nouveau, with its nature-inspired motifs.

As part of the design of the new exterior of this apartment building, ‘flying’ conifers and bonsai trees were placed in cantilevered planters.

The architects designed special stands and boxes for them to ‘fly’ at many levels, be visible at all times, provide comfort and inspiration to residents, and act as an innovative way to add greenery to the city.

As part of the design of the new exterior of this apartment building, ‘flying’ conifers and bonsai trees were placed in cantilevered planters.

The plants are at the heart of the building’s identity and are reflected in the logo, graphic design, and the entrance gates into the courtyard.

As part of the design of the new exterior of this apartment building, ‘flying’ conifers and bonsai trees were placed in cantilevered planters.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the building…

The apartment building in the city’s historical center comprises the remaining 20th century Art Nouveau facade with a new volume added.

The apartment building in the historical centre of Riga, Latvia, comprises of the remaining 20th century Art Nouveau facade with a new volume added.
An apartment building door with a tree motif.

The various building lobbies and common rooms have been designed with historical touches and modern furnishings, which provide spaces to meet and mingle with other residents.

This apartment building common room has been designed with historical touches and modern furnishings, which provide spaces to meet and mingle with other residents.
This apartment building common room has been designed with historical touches and modern furnishings, which provide spaces to meet and mingle with other residents.
This apartment building common room has been designed with historical touches and modern furnishings, which provide spaces to meet and mingle with other residents.
This apartment building common room has been designed with modern furnishings, which provide spaces to meet and mingle with other residents.

Bold patterned floors create eye-catching black and white elements throughout the building.

Bold patterned floors create eye-catching black and white elements throughout an apartment building.
Bold patterned floors create eye-catching black and white elements throughout an apartment building.
Bold patterned floors create eye-catching black and white elements throughout an apartment building.
Photographer: Klavs Loris | Creative architecture: Open AD (Zane Tetere-Sulce, Kristaps Sulcs, Dins Vecans, Undine Linde, Zane Legzdina) | Technical architecture and management: KROKS (Dita Lapina, Edmunds Slavinskis, Ilze Rudzate, Ritvars Krastins) | Construction: Velve | Construction supervisor: P.M.G. | Developer: R.Evolution City | Tree installation: Labie Koki | Engineering: Inženieru birojs B?ve un forma