Observation platform emerges from memorial park
Latvian structure in Garden of Destiny overlooking River Daugava
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.