Ashram House

Best Project of Private Residence

About the project
Ashram House, a house that will be located in a forest in Latvia. Totally isolated, surrounded by dense vegetation, the house will be the temple for the practice of Yoga. Its name Ashram alludes to its function, it means retreat or secluded place to practice yoga and meditation. Its form as a concept comes from the shape the arms take in various yoga poses. An asymmetric volumetry is created through this way to achieve more interesting views from any point that is observed since it will be in the middle of a forest clearing. A central space is created that will have multiple uses, among which is the practice of yoga. This space will have a glass structure resting on a grid of wooden planks that allows the penetration of natural light, creating a texture of lights and shadows that will be different depending on the position of the sun. This glass structure will allow an almost complete view of the forest, thus achieving a greater bond with nature. The interior alludes to the Zen.

Kolkasrags (Cape Kolka), Latvia

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Applicants and authors of the project
Studio Bas LLC: Julio Lau Borrayo and Luis Ernseto Perez Orta. 
Julio Lau Borrayo, CEO: «I studied architecture at the CUJAE University, Havana, Cuba. The architecture firm Studio BAS was born in 2014 and since then we have generally specialized in residential projects. Since 2021 I move the studio to Florida, United States.»
Luis Ernesto Perez Orta, CUJAE graduate: « I am a freelance architect and 3D modeler who offers rendering service in architecture projects, having been involved in the industry for more than 7 years. During this time I have acquired a mastery in tools for architectural visualization and modeling 3D rendering and virtual tours of interior, exterior, architectural design and larger scale projects. I have also collaborated with multiple architecture studios as a designer.»

Status of the project
Conceptual design