The Kurgi Observation Tower must be a unique and iconic landmark for the North Vidzeme Biosphere. The location at the Latvian-Estonian border is an opportunity to connect both country with a new monument to enlight the beauty of this protected territory. This almost lighthouse would represent a new milestone in the bigger scale route in the middle of the reserve where riders, walkers and loafers could enjoy a new experience to ascend and contemplate the biosphere from above.
Pakavs, which means horseshoe in Latvian, is the given name to this new installation, a bold symbol connected to the Kurgi Farm activity with breeding programmes for the Latvian Ardennes. The site with a panoramic view offers many options to rise above the canopee and break this peaceful horizontality. Pakavs proposes a horizontal tower which progress at the canopee without breaking the line, giving to contemplate the wonder of nature.
Pakavs tells a story through his multiple layers, this architecture represents a process of mimesis to the surrounding. It’s a reflection around human footprint in the nature represented by an evolution of his own shape from brutalist edification (past) to a new era of coexistence between architecture and nature forms. This emerge by a unique approach of molding, carving and aggregate layers to compose a strong dialogue between the architecture, the site and the visitors.