House of Ruins on the Baltic Sea

The House of Ruins is a family house which can be found in Latvia along the coast of the Baltic Sea. This very unique dwelling has been constructed into the interior of 19th century ruins in a traditional Latvian barn. Architecture firm NRJA used the idea of contrast, where wind from the sea is opposed to the warmth of the family, and perfection of glass is set against the rough surface of old stone. The 2,152 square foot house provides both, modern life comfort and quietness of the surrounding nature. The salvaged home has been organized on one level; it also contains a small courtyard and a spacious roof terrace for watching the sea and surrounding meadows. We love how this house uses an existing structure to hide, in both landscape and against the strong winds, creating a new habitable interior. What do you think of this unique dwelling?

Visit the website of architecture firm NRJA here.


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Congratulations on such an interesting concept. It looks most “unLatvian”, including the choice of interior fit-out. Beautiful workmanship. I would love to know where it is situated. I have two vacation apartments in the stunning old town of Liepaja, on the Baltic coast.