Observation platform emerges from memorial park

Latvian structure in Garden of Destiny overlooking River Daugava

NEWS, Design, Didzis Jaunzems Architecture, Observation platform, Pavilion

A wooden observation platform and pavilion emerges from the landscape of a memorial park in Koknese, Latvia.

Designed by Latvian studios Didzis Jaunzems Architecture and Jaunromans un Abele, the structure is located in the Garden of Destiny overlooking the River Daugava, a park designed to celebrate the country's anniversaries and remember people who died in wars.

The architects used the natural incline of the site to build a pavilion that is partially buried beneath the ground.

A sloping roof provides an elevated deck that visitors can walk over, while the surrounding terrace concludes at a balcony that cantilevers out across the water.

"The view terrace and pavilion create a harmonious environment to discover the special character of the site – the spaciousness and the faraway horizon over River Daugava," explained Didzis Jaunzems.

The structure was built almost entirely from larch. Wooden planks were fixed around a larch frame, creating a uniform surface across the ground planes and around the building's walls. 

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