Ola Foundation embodies contemporary architecture, drawing inspiration from concrete, glass, and wood. It represents a dynamic space that seamlessly adapts to its inhabitants, reflecting the profound art of cognition.
The complex consists of a 3-story main building and a boutique hotel with 10 rooms. Ola stands out as a remarkable cultural space that integrates innovative technology, distinctive design, and exquisite interior. Each element complements the others, creating a sophisticated and welcoming atmosphere. Many local Latvian materials and elements are used in Ola, from construction materials to furniture and artwork.
Constructing in the lowest part of Ķīpsala was challenging due to unstable ground. The main building's first floor is completely below the groundwater level, with the foundation slab around 5 meters beneath it.
The ground level features a 300 m2 exhibition hall and a unique round-shaped glass hydraulic elevator, exclusively designed for this project and the only one of its kind in Latvia.
The building's facade showcases freestanding milk glass plates reaching a height of 6 meters and a width of up to 2 meters.
The outdoor space is enhanced by a standalone escape ladder wrapping around the stainless steel chimney, adding an intriguing visual element to the building's design.
Additionally, the building is surrounded by a raised floor structure made of locally sourced ultra-high-performance concrete, promoting sustainability and regional integration.
Cutting-edge technologies play a key role in both buildings, with the building management system (BMS) at the core. This custom-developed system enables centralized control of crucial functions like ventilation, heating, and cooling, streamlining building management for enhanced convenience and improved energy efficiency.