Three Elements: A Compact Middle-Rise Villa with Three Elements in Its Architecture

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Designed by an international bureau, Kerimov Architects, Three Elements is a 780 sq. m three-story villa located in Jurmala. The goal of this awesome project is to design a compact middle-rise building with three elements that should be embodied in its architecture.


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This villa sits on the banks of the river, on a small site surrounded by trees that need to be preserved. The main goal is to design a compact middle-rise building within a given area that is so-scaled to the environment, not bulky, and also easy to perceive.



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There are three elements that should be embodied in this house architecture: city, water, and nature (forest). For this house, materials such as wood and architectural concrete are correlated with the urban and natural context.

The ratio of heights and volumes, horizontals and verticals, dark and light, and the rhythmic alternation of transparent and impenetrable can express the visible architectonics of this villa. The result is a holistic, harmonious, and light villa.



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Technical rooms, a laundry room, and a garage can be found on the -1 floor. The public area such as a dressing room, guest bathrooms, an office, a room for staff, a private living room so-called salon, a living room, and a kitchen are located on the first floor.

The second floor is used for more private rooms such as a large common hall, a dressing room, bathrooms, two kids’/guest rooms, an office, and a master bedroom. There is also a sauna with access to the terrace and a second kitchen on the third floor.

The best thing about this house is each level has its own awesome viewpoints of the surrounding landscape.


Three Elements – Villa in Jurmala, Latvia

Images: Kerimov Architects

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