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Old January 18th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #1
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JURMALA | Baltic Dune | 85m | 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.

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Old January 18th, 2008, 01:51 AM   #2
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what? Latvian girls in bikini? l'm coming soon !
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Old January 18th, 2008, 02:27 AM   #3
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Eco? In the middle of a forest?
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Old January 18th, 2008, 04:27 AM   #4
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so one side is ski resort, the other is water park... KICK ASS! Im there.
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Old January 18th, 2008, 09:49 PM   #5
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How many latvians in Jurmala?
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How many latvians in Jurmala?
Not much, I think.
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Oh man, that's ******* awesome! Go latvia!
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:59 AM   #8
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How many latvians in Jurmala?
I have figures from 2005: Latvians - 50,1 %, Russians - 36,2 %, Belarussians - 4,2 %, Ukrainians - 2,8 %.
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I have figures from 2005: Latvians - 50,1 %, Russians - 36,2 %, Belarussians - 4,2 %, Ukrainians - 2,8 %.
You see, there in Jurmala are quiet a lot of Russians, only 36.2% are the residents, with Russian tourists it will be much more. I think that this building would be built just for tourists, isnt'it? For Russian tourists, to be precise.
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You see, there in Jurmala are quiet a lot of Russians, only 36.2% are the residents, with Russian tourists it will be much more. I think that this building would be built just for tourists, isnt'it? For Russian tourists, to be precise.
I also think so, although promotion materials seems to be oriented more to Western tourists.
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I also think so, although promotion materials seems to be oriented more to Western tourists.
Maybe they want to attract Western tourists, now they are European Union, but the greater part of tourists would still be from Russia.
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Old January 23rd, 2008, 06:10 PM   #12
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Where exactly in Jurmala they are going to build it? Asari, Vaivari, Jaunkemeri?
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