Architecture

This was an old fishing factory

Architecture on the edge.

This was an old fishing factory

Good architecture is not always as easy to detect at first glance. It can also be difficult to see what the architects have created.

Architectural office Zaigas Gailes Birojs from Latvia received attention during the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2012 in Singapore with his holiday home and bathhouse.

The former Soviet fishery factory in the Kaltes of Latvia was transformed into an industrial hut – and is a good example of reuse.

To make the dot on-the-go, the architects made a submarine-inspired house in front of the home. That made the composition complete.

From the sea side, they felt that it became too naked. There was something missing, a sculpture, a submarine.

The sensational bathhouse was named Nautilus.

“The new bathing house Nautilus is located on the beach. It looks like a submarine’s tower and is covered with nailed stainless steel plates. Based on the rusty, oblong block as the main house, Nautilus adds the necessary final touch to the experience of the site, “writes the World Building Directory Directory about the building.

This was an old fishing factory

Architectural office Zaigas Gailes Birojs from Latvia received attention during the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2012 in Singapore with its holiday home that has an original bathhouse in front. Photo: Seagull Gailes Birojs

Beautiful steel box

The submarine-like object is an attempt to give function to a sculptural expression. In any case, it was clear to the architects that the bathing facilities had to move closer to the water.

And it was certainly a point that the small steel box should have a different shape than the main house itself.

Lowered into the sand

This was an old fishing factory

The beach equipment is stored in the lower level. At the top there is a sauna with showers and wardrobes. Photo: Seagull Gailes Birojs

The two-storey building has 52 square meters of floor space. Right next to the walkway there are stairs leading down from deck to the beach. The lower part of Nautilus is also lowered into the sand, and on the roof there is a viewing platform.

The beach equipment is stored in the lower level. At the top there is a sauna with shower and wardrobes, as well as a bath with spectacular views of the Baltic Sea.

Missed an item

The architect was afraid the somewhat distinctive object could prevent the view from the main part of the house. But after a boat trip they were convinced that the outside was missing an element in the foreground in contrast with the ascetic features of the fish house.

This was an old fishing factory

The exterior side lacked an element in the foreground to contrast with the ascetic features of the fish house. Photo: Seagull Gailes Birojs

Nautilus, by the way, also Captain Nemo’s submarine boat in Jules Vernes novel “A World Underwater Seascape” (1870).

According to Stor Norske leksikon, it also had the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine “Nautilus”, and was the very first submarine that passed the geographic north pole.

The name choice provided itself well.

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