Mežaparka Rezidences is laying the foundations for three villas designed by Latvian architects
In the autumn of 2015, the newly spruced-up territory between quite Kokneses prospekts and busy Gustava Zemgala gatve was unveiled to Rigans. Real estate developer SIA DOMUSS had completed the initial phase of Mežaparka Rezidences first residential complex by carrying out landscaping of 31 hectares of territory – building infrastructure and greening, creating new paved streets and sidewalks, and installing utilities.
Currently, the project is moving ahead quickly: In June, the first villa – Villa Corylus – will be completed (architect Vladimirs Arsene, Westfourth Architecture, USA), and foundations are being laid for another three – Gatis Didrihsons’ (Didrihsons Arhitekti), Reinis Liepiņš’ (Sudraba Arhitektūra) un Atis Caune’ (CORE projekts) – planned villas.
“This project is not only historic for us as developers, but also for Mežaparks. Development of such a large area of Mežaparks has never been undertaken and will never be again. For this reason, we will continue to create an environment, with great satisfaction and respect, that will produce a high-quality living space, which allows the inhabitants to feel an attachment to this historic place,” explains SIA DOMUSS director Ralfs Jansons.
Building of the three new villas has been entrusted to SIA SELVA BŪVE, which has already successfully completed one project, Felicity Apartments, which was the first apartment building in the Baltics to receive the international recognized BREEAM sustainability certificate.
The designers of the next three villas describe their architectural choice and style and their connections to historic Mežaparks.
Gatis Didrihsons (Didrihsons arhitekti), Villa Camellia designer:
“The design plan was to create a building that was reminiscent of historic architectural styles. Mežaparks architecture style is historically classical, yet individualistic. What unifies it is its conservative elegance. I must admit that this was quite a challenge: How to embody this characteristic style in a compact twin building? However, the classic proportions are pleasing to the eye and timeless and are compatible with various interior designs. We took advantage of this fact and offer a modern interior in this classically styled building. All these aspects create added value and will serve as a safe investment for the future!”
Villa Helenia designer Reinis Liepiņš (Sudraba arhitektūra):
“The client desired a continuation of the space envisioned for the first garden city – Mežaparks. The building resembles a classic villa, but with a stress on minimalism. The rectangular space is aligned along the southern green rise, continuing the historic building principles of Mežaparks – incorporating the garden scape with the grace of architectural form,’’ states R. Liepiņš. “It is a classic villa transformed by modern form. It is no secret that people feel good in this type of villa, because the main purpose is to offer peace and harmony in the modern, busy world.”
Villa Lavanda designer Atis Caune (CORE projekts):
“Mežaparks historically was known for functionally-styled buildings. Therefore, we looked to incorporate these traditions in a new form, the main task being the inclusion of convenient functionality for the inhabitants with an unobstructed view of the surroundings. The building is not confining: It is open and planned so that the inhabitants can always take a step towards nature, towards the scenery that reflects the pine forests of Mežaparks!’’
The building plan for 2017-2018 includes 4 villas, 2 twin villas, 2 low-rise apartment buildings, and 7 row house sections as well as 49 sites for single home development.
The rate of development for all 31 ha will depend on the market – development plans allow for both rapid and also moderately paced development.