An all-red public living room has popped up in an unexpected place—the end of a pier in Lithuania’s Curonian lagoon. Built as part of this year’s European Architecture Students Assembly, ‘The Living Boom’ is a temporary public space that contrasts the familiarity of a cozy living room with the outdoor environment. The 50-square-meter public living room is painted all red to emphasize the dissimilarity and is made up of locally found and modified Soviet-era furnishings.
The Living Boom offers an unexpected and quiet respite in Nida, the bustling popular resort town in Lithuania. A team of 18 international architecture students completed the project within a span of two weeks. The public space is partially hidden behind a five-meter-tall wooden wall so that visitors must physically walk onto the pier to see the entirety of The Living Boom. The wall, fixed to a concrete floor with metal bolts, serves as the symbolic threshold between the “interior” living room and “outdoor” nature.
“A pier is a dead end. How can one change the ‘end of this long path’ and celebrate its end as a new space?” Write the designers. “Being already set into boundaries on three sides by the element of water, the start of the project was to construct a fourth wall that creates a new space. As one walks along the pier, approaching the wall in the middle of the plain landscapes of lagoon and sand dunes, one yet has to find out what the space behind the wall offers. Only after physically walking through, one can see and grasp the new space, with furniture shining in red, generating an unseen space in the middle of water, sky, sand dunes and forest.”
The Living Boom is outfitted with local Soviet-era furniture modified with modern elements by the students and includes a three-meter-long table, multiple benches, a traditional wind vane, a giant wooden chair, and even a fireplace. All parts of the installation were painted the same shade of red.
Images by Alexandra Kononchenko and Miguel Angel Maure Blesa