Embedded gem with panoramic view | Schüco

What architects OUTOFBOX describe as “ascetic design” presents itself as an impressive glass and concrete building, modestly embedded within the terraced landscape.
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OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
Using the highest insulation level offered by the Schüco sliding units and façade, door and window systems helped to minimise heat loss and maintain low-energy principles.

It’s all about light, vision and pure materials: amidst the beautiful hilly landscape near the northern Latvian town of Cēsis, OUTOFBOX architects have created a private house that stands out and adapts itself to the surroundings at the same time.

For a maximum landscape experience as well as comfort and variability, highly thermally insulated Schüco ASS 77 PD.HI and ASS 70.HI automated sliding door systems were integrated, offering floor-to-ceiling transparency and dissolving visual barriers between living space and nature. 

Cēsis, a medieval port and trading city in northern Latvia, is beautifully situated on the hills and plains above the river Gauja, which also lends its name to the adjacent Gauja National Park.

What architects OUTOFBOX describe as “ascetic design” presents itself as an impressive glass and concrete building, modestly embedded within the terraced landscape.
Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
What architects OUTOFBOX describe as “ascetic design” presents itself as an impressive glass and concrete building, modestly embedded within the terraced landscape.

OUTOFBOX architects were well aware of these extraordinary surroundings and created this private house with maximum respect for local nature and topography. The variation in levels made it possible to position the building on the steep river bank so that it invariably looks different depending on the individual point of view.

Respecting the client’s desire for privacy, the roadside façade features low transparency and is visible only above a height of one-and-a-half floors. In contrast to the rather secluded character of the street façade, the three-floor southern façade reveals each and every function of the building through its expansive floor-to-ceiling glazing.

Using the highest insulation level offered by the Schüco sliding units and façade, door and window systems helped to minimise heat loss and maintain low-energy principles.
Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
Using the highest insulation level offered by the Schüco sliding units and façade, door and window systems helped to minimise heat loss and maintain low-energy principles.

 

Transparency on three levels

The lowest level, which is not visible from the roadside, conceals leisure and sauna facilities, which are adjoined by a wine cellar and a spacious terrace with swimming pool. The ground floor at the entrance level of the building features a large living room with adjacent kitchen/dining area, fireplace and two guest bedrooms.

Spanning 12 metres and reaching from floor to ceiling, the slide units of the glazing facing the coppice can be opened, fully removing the partition between the indoors and nature. 

The living room spans two floors and is encompassed by a concrete bridge providing access to the house owners’ private rooms, i.e. an office and a spacious bedroom, whose terrace offers a stunning view over the treetops into the ancient Gauja river valley.

Open spaces: stairs lead from the lounge and dining area on the ground floor to the owners’ private quarters – an office and spacious bedroom with terrace.
Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
Open spaces: stairs lead from the lounge and dining area on the ground floor to the owners’ private quarters – an office and spacious bedroom with terrace.

 

High insulation system technology

Despite expansive glazing, the architects managed to implement low-energy principles in the building due to a combination of compact building size with an optimised façade-to-floor ratio and the use of highly insulated, triple-glazed Schüco systems that extensively capture the natural daylight, especially through the southern and western sides of the building.

An additional technical contribution to the reduction of the building’s energy consumption is the solar thermal collectors placed on the roof.

The first two floors of the building are massive reinforced concrete constructions. The thermal insulation positioned between two plates ensures the exposure of the concrete surfaces both indoors and outdoors.

The third floor intentionally reveals a different design – metal-framed openwork spanned by extensive glazing, ensuring a 270 degree panoramic view.

The Schüco ASS 70.HI slide units feature the fully concealed Schüco e-slide drive system which opens, closes and locks the units automatically.
Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
The Schüco ASS 70.HI slide units feature the fully concealed Schüco e-slide drive system which opens, closes and locks the units automatically.

 

Smart sliding door systems

The interior maintains the outer building’s puristic design, with exposed concrete surfaces and extensive glazing with the most filigree framing. A feeling of cosiness is generated by the natural oak surfaces and carefully designed elements such as the fireplace slab and the ornamental metal stairs.

The combination of inbuilt lighting fixtures, concealed within and hanging from the surfaces, offers countless lighting scenarios, which can be easily controlled by a smartphone, thanks to the application of smart house principles.

Extensively integrated into the south and west-facing façades, floor-to-ceiling Schüco ASS 70.HI and ASS 77 PD.HI slide units, Schüco FW 50+.HI and Schüco AWS 75 BS.SI window systems enhance the view of the surrounding landscape.
Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
Extensively integrated into the south and west-facing façades, floor-to-ceiling Schüco ASS 70.HI and ASS 77 PD.HI slide units, Schüco FW 50+.HI and Schüco AWS 75 BS.SI window systems enhance the view of the surrounding landscape.
Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
Extensively integrated into the south and west-facing façades, floor-to-ceiling Schüco ASS 70.HI and ASS 77 PD.HI slide units, Schüco FW 50+.HI and Schüco AWS 75 BS.SI window systems enhance the view of the surrounding landscape.

The integrated Schüco window, façade and sliding door systems were the perfect fit for the overall design concept. The combination of floor and roof-integrated frame and fitting technology, extremely narrow profile face widths and the structural capacity to integrate expansive triple-glazed elements made these systems the ideal choice.

Schüco window and sliding door systems also feature additional smart home functions such as Schüco TipTronic fittings for motorised opening and closing, and Schüco e-slide, a fully concealed drive system that easily and securely opens, closes and locks the floor-to-ceiling sliding units of the large-scale Schüco ASS 70.HI and ASS 77 PD.HI systems.

The living room spans two floors, with bedroom, office and bathroom areas accessible via a gallery. All the areas offer a stunning view over the treetops into the Gauja valley.
Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
The living room spans two floors, with bedroom, office and bathroom areas accessible via a gallery. All the areas offer a stunning view over the treetops into the Gauja valley.
Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia Photographer: Māris Ločmelis
The living room spans two floors, with bedroom, office and bathroom areas accessible via a gallery. All the areas offer a stunning view over the treetops into the Gauja valley.

 

Project information

Project title: Private house, Cēsis, Latvia
Design: OUTOFBOX Architecture, Riga, Latvia
Interior design: OUTOFBOX with Lolot design, Riga, Latvia
Structural design: a2a.engineers, Riga, Latvia
Schüco System Partner: SmartECO SIA, Siguldas nov., Latvia
Total living space: 280 m²
Design: 2014-2015
Construction: 2015-2016

 

Schüco systems in the project

Façade: Schüco FW 50+HI, Schüco FW 50+.SI
Sliding systems: Schüco ASS 77 PD.HI, Schüco ASS 70.HI with Schüco e-slide drive system
Windows: Schüco AWS 75 BS.SI with Schüco TipTronic
Entrance door: Schüco ADS 75.SI Door Control System

 

Special features

Schüco e-slide drive system
Schüco TipTronic
Frame colour: RAL 9004, 30 % gloss 
Triple glazing with integrated Low-E unit throughout

Picture credits: OUTOFBOX, Latvia
Photographer: Māris Ločmelis

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