Riga Apartment by AKTA

  • Lithuania-based design studio AKTA reimagine a heritage-listed Art Nouveau apartment in Riga, Latvia.

    Situated near the old town of Riga, this apartment sits in a protected Jugendstil building from the early 20th century. Designed for a young family with the desire to live close to Latvia’s bustling capital city, AKTA have focused on defining the apartment’s details to retain the home’s cultural ancestry.

    The building is a rare piece of architectural history, with it’s interior plaster mouldings, double doors and curved windows. Now completely restored, the team at AKTA have successfully envisioned the client’s ideal for modern-day living, while still celebrating the home’s original features. 

    The living space features the Lady Armchair by Marco Zanuso for Cassina and the Alanda Coffee Table by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia.

    The living room features the Lucid Vase for BonConcept.

    The dining room features the In Between Chairs by Sami Kallio for &Tradition.

    “The largest challenge of this project was to preserve and highlight the authenticity of the building and its style,” AKTA designer Dovile Paunksnyte says. Dark oak chevron floorboards form the base of the home, replacing the original flooring which was in poor condition. This dark wood sets the tone for the rest of the home, repeating in the furniture in various spaces such as the study, kitchen and living area.

    The proportions and spatial layout of the home remain unchanged; the kitchen, dining and living room are combined, with the workspace behind preserved original glass doors. Throughout the home, the building’s authentic details have been restored such as the cornices, ceiling roses and interior panelling. The kitchen showcases streamlined cabinetry and integrated appliances, catering to the compact space restraints of the building and its heritage restrictions. 

    Our aim was to properly address the restrictions of a cultural heritage property while creating an aesthetic space that matches the needs of living today.” 

    – Dovile Paunksnyte, AKTA

    The Offcut Black Stool by Tom Dixon.

    The study features the Bestlite Lamp by Robert Dudley for Gubi and the Harbour Chair with swivel base by Norm Architecs for Menu.

    The bathroom provides a refreshing wave of modernity with matt black wall-mounted tapware and mirrored cabinetry. But it still provides a gentle nod to the home’s cultural era with the traditional monochromatic floor tiles. 

    AKTA’s strong emphasis on timeless furniture and refined materials shines a light on the home’s original detailing, making way for an inspiring abode for the young family to find space to live, work and play.

    The No 214 Wall Lamp by Bernard-Albin Gras for DCW Editions features in the bedroom.

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