Spiky ETFE roofs top this airy forest resort and spa in the historic region of Kurzeme, Latvia. 3GATTI Architecture Studio and OFL Architecture teamed up to design the Pinecones Resort using sustainable construction techniques and prefabrication, resulting in a fairytale-like woodland setting in harmony with its natural surroundings.


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The resort comprises cone-shaped units with inflatable roofs made from 100 percent recyclable ETFE that has a minimal carbon footprint. Lightweight and flexible, this material offers the possibility of creating dynamic building forms. The roofs will be inflated by a recyclable SPF sprayed eco foam with superior insulation and structural qualities. The laminated lightweight frames, made from locally-sourced wood, support the roof membrane and allows it to withstand snow loads.

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The resort will focus on providing Blue Clay treatments based on organic and naturally abundant material. Different programs will be distributed across the site, with wooden bridges connecting the units housing winter tubs, saunas, therapy rooms and dining areas. In addition to the aforementioned sustainable features, the resort will also include a water filtration system, geothermal loops, and solar window technologies.

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Via Archdaily

Pinecones Resort, 3GATTI Architecture Studio, OFL Architecture, eco-resort, Latvia, ETFE, ETFE membrane, recyclable building materials, lightweight structure, water filtration, geothermal, solar windows, green architecture, natural building materials, locally sourced materials

Pinecones Resort, 3GATTI Architecture Studio, OFL Architecture, eco-resort, Latvia, ETFE, ETFE membrane, recyclable building materials, lightweight structure, water filtration, geothermal, solar windows, green architecture, natural building materials, locally sourced materials

Pinecones Resort, 3GATTI Architecture Studio, OFL Architecture, eco-resort, Latvia, ETFE, ETFE membrane, recyclable building materials, lightweight structure, water filtration, geothermal, solar windows, green architecture, natural building materials, locally sourced materials

Pinecones Resort, 3GATTI Architecture Studio, OFL Architecture, eco-resort, Latvia, ETFE, ETFE membrane, recyclable building materials, lightweight structure, water filtration, geothermal, solar windows, green architecture, natural building materials, locally sourced materials

Pinecones Resort, 3GATTI Architecture Studio, OFL Architecture, eco-resort, Latvia, ETFE, ETFE membrane, recyclable building materials, lightweight structure, water filtration, geothermal, solar windows, green architecture, natural building materials, locally sourced materials