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Old January 17th, 2008, 11:09 PM   #1
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JURMALA | Baltic Dune | 85 m | 25 fl | App

Baltic Dune

Jurmala (Latvia)



Hotel, ski resort and residential building in sea resort city Jurmala, some 30 km from Riga. Enormous and luxurious project with ~250 million EUR planned investments. Just got approval from Jurmala city council. One of the most notorious projects in Latvia now, comparable to National Library. It is recognized by prestige architecture magazine «A+U: Architecture and Urbanism» - "Baltic Dune" is in 41st place in their greatest future world project list. In MIPIM 2007 exhibition in Cannes it was included in the top 10 list of the most interesting projects in the world. Developers says it could be built in 5 years time.

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Building Name: Baltic Dune
Height: 25fl | 85m
Authors: "S333 Architecture+Urbanism", UK
Construction dates: ?

From website: http://www.balticdune.com/

The DUNE – unique multi-functional skiing centre in Eastern Europe

Eco-architecture

Eco-tourism

Eco-development


These are the guiding principles of the project philosophy

The architecture of the building is part of the sand landscapes along the Bay of Riga – their ecology and geology. It is also based upon a deep symbiosis with the environment in which it finds itself, both physical and human. Eco-tourism and eco-development refer to activities and facilities that are sensitive and appropriate to the specific nature and ecology of this particular location, and suggest an approach to building which has a minimum impact on the local habitat. The use of renewable materials, energies and other resources is critical in this approach.

Here is a cool video from news story (in latvian, but with english visualization titles):



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Old January 17th, 2008, 11:18 PM   #2
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There is only one thing which I dislike in this project - Russians has bought the rights to duplicate it and in their resort city Sochi it will probably be built faster than in Jurmala. Then all people will think that we copy them not vice versa.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 11:49 PM   #3
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Cool! Another indoor ski resort! I like! And sweet design!
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Old January 17th, 2008, 11:57 PM   #4
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lots of information, yes, but... who's the ARCHITECT?! (:
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:01 AM   #5
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:17 PM   #6
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ok, thanks! this will surely be their most spectacular project ever!

the overall shape of this project kinda reminds me of some of the work by paul andreu, eg the casino in macau and the technology + science center in chengdu. although its texture is not that smooth as in the works of the french architect...

and a big hooray for jurmala
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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:55 PM   #7
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Why not use correct spelling for Jūrmala? Scandinavians are using their funny alphabet (Ĺ,Ř,Ö) in this section, why can't we? Just my2c
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Old January 18th, 2008, 01:17 PM   #8
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We don't have to travel all the way to Dubai to see something crazy like this
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:40 PM   #9
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Too much. This project is too much for Jūrmala.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:48 PM   #10
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Would be interesting to see it in real life
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Old January 18th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #11
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Holy crap! This is really Dubai-ish.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #12
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Yes, this baby will rock indeed.. Brilliant thing. Although I think the location could be better.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 08:51 PM   #13
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No, the location is very good indeed. It will be located in the western part of Jurmala, in Vaivari, on the degraded territory. So it wouldn't make any problems in the centre of the town (how it is usually). Besides, it will provide 1500 new workplaces for the inhabitantants of Jurmala.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 12:58 AM   #14
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Very Dubaish. Is it needed in Jūrmala?

I would rather do something different since this isn't Dubai, though this is cool and will sell good.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 10:02 AM   #15
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hope it will be built
but, vecais, i can't understand, why they sold those rights?
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Old January 19th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #16
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When you order a design from an architect he owns the rights. At leat in Sweden, but I think it's the same everywhere. If you want the design for your self then you have to pay for that to. I guess it's the architect who sold the design to the russians.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #17
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It looks so futuristic. I hope it gets built.
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Old January 19th, 2008, 04:36 PM   #18
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Very Dubaish. Is it needed in Jūrmala?

I would rather do something different since this isn't Dubai, though this is cool and will sell good.
Jūrmala used to be great resort zone which attracted a lot of foreign tourists in past. Baltic Dune if built will serve as great tourist magnet which might attract a lot of tourists in future.

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Old January 19th, 2008, 06:01 PM   #19
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Yes, and don't forget about Russians' money in Jurmala, many Russian millionaires as well as latvian riches have houses in Jurmala, they use this resort city as one of their destination places when it comes to vacation. They are very solvable public, and I think they are target audience alongside foreign tourists for "Baltic Dune" developers.

As regards to selling rights, I don't know this story in details, they told this fact in that news report. Not only in Sochi, but probably also in Seattle and in other places in the world this could be built - from one unique project it changes into "chain" of such buildings.
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Not only in Sochi, but probably also in Seattle and in other places in the world this could be built - from one unique project it changes into "chain" of such buildings.
That would be ****ed up.
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