The building seeks purification and is a place where sunrises and sunsets can be seen. It is minimalist and supplements the horizon of the sea. It is a place for clear thoughts and the ability to concentrate on what is essential. The building is organic between the sea, the skies and the rocks. The thinking of architect Zaiga Gaile means that the building is a global jewel of architecture that has attracted attention from all around the world.
In 2005, Zaiga and Māris Gailis purchased a crumbling Soviet-era building in Kaltene. The building was located on an artificial peninsula stone breakwater 300 metres from the shore. During the Soviet era, the building was intended to be a pumping station for a salmon cannery, but was never used for that purpose. The couple transformed the building into the “Easter Island” weekend house, and for a decade it has been seen as one of the most significant examples of modern architecture in the world.
The "Nautilus" swimming hall is behind the main building and on the beach. It is finished with stainless steel and looks like a submarine. There is a sauna in the hall.
In front of the house is a helicopter landing pad with a concrete slab surface.
A yacht port has been established next to Easter Island, which is registered in the international register of ports as a private seasonal yacht port.
latitude: 57 degrees 27 minutes 06 seconds N
longitude: 22 degrees 54 minutes 08 seconds E
"This is a very special place, and I can compare it to a museum or a temple. The island is surrounded by the sea, which excites me and creates the special feeling that I am not on the shoreline, but also not aboard a ship. I'm somewhere in the middle of the sea."
The building has three parts. At the centre is a big hall, which has a two-storey flat for the owners at one end, and then four two-storey guest flats at the other end.
The house has a garage for two cars, the manager’s flat above the garage, five bedrooms (one master bedroom and four guest rooms), five work rooms (one in the manager’s flat and four in the guest rooms), and a living room with a kitchen and leisure zone.
Design: 2006 – reconstruction of fish farm pumping station
Construction company: SIA “PS Serviss”
Land: 10.067 m2
Floor space of weekend home: 514.2 m2
Floor space of swimming hall: 52.45 m2
Village of Kaltene, Roja Parish, Talsi District
Architects: Zaiga Gaile and Agnese Sirmā
Client: Māris Gailis
Kaltene is a village in the Roja Administrative District by the sea. It is located on the western shore of the Gulf of Riga, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kaltene is 119 km from Riga and 7 km from the nearest town, Roja. Kaltene beach is a unique place, where one can relax undisturbed throughout the year. In winter, Kaltene beach is especially quiet – one rarely encounters holidaymakers here, and in summer it is a true leisure oasis. The fresh sea air and view of the broad horizon generate a sense of freedom than one cannot enjoy in the big city.
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