The Park of Senses in Valmiera, Latvia, now features a wooden pedestrian path and view terrace that activates the space to make it more accessible for the locals, encouraging them to retreat to the natural landscape.
Latvian architecture firm DJA inserted the wooden pedestrian path and view terrace in order to provide a beautiful view and comfortable access to the neighbouring River Gauja. The wooden ribbon complements the surrounding nature and creates a place of peaceful retreat.
DJA pruned the 100-metre-long pedestrian gravel road from an existing asphalted road. The path gradually changes into a timber path and organically transforms into a view terrace by the river.
The bench in the front of the terrace, close to the waterside, climbs up from the relief naturally, keeping the smooth transformation from the pathway. The rear of the terrace is created as a seating area that gradually turns into a more relaxed, lounge environment. A curved wall separates visitors approaching the terrace from the back and those who are enjoying the view from a lounger.
The terrace is raised from the ground, as the part of the landscaped area is within a flood zone. On average, every ten years all pedestrian paths are underwater. The circular shape is partly designed to follow the turning radius of the cars, taking into account the need for accessibility of the emergency vehicles to the river.
The load-bearing structure of the terrace is made of 49 pine wood frames and concrete slabs are used at some parts where water pipes run. The terrace is finished with larch planks with special anti-slip mills. It's curved aesthetic and DJA’s project’s raw materiality makes the path a pleasant stop in the Latvian woods.
Via designboom | Photography by Eriks Bozis