The O-muli-seum

Best Architectural Design for Museum

About the project
The design called for an Omuli Museum of the Horse with artist residences and accommodations to be planned over the historical Omuli School building located in North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, Latvia, spread across phases.
The design manifests the symbolism of freedom strongly associated with the horses into its architecture – in this case, eliminating the constraints of the site to unlock its fullest potential by turning site limitations to site opportunities, with design of the new museum complex revolves around solutions that “free” the architecture from three main constraints, namely time (transition between phases), space (volumetric needs of different programs) and form (preservation within Omuli School versus celebration of Latvia landscape).
Freeing itself from these constraints, the architecture hence displays a kind of tension. It exerts power, albeit gracefully. 

North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, Latvia

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Applicant and authors of the project
Haipng (Heffrence) Teow.
Architectural designer from Malaysia, founded ALOT (Architectural Laboratory of Thought) in 2019 as a design research platform. His interest in architecture lies greatly in architectural narratives and transdisciplinary studies, believing that everyday objects and events around us influence the way we perceive and interact with space. With design, he seek to celebrate local context and culture with new urban intervention through an integrated emotional placemaking.
Architects of the project Haipng (Heffrence) Teow & Lapzhen Wong