Building in nature is a paradox, but it can sometimes enhance the environment; White Arkitekter’s proposal for a series of trekking cabins along the Latvian coast provides immersive access to the landscape, while still promoting environmental conservation. The proposal establishes a reciprocal series of moles – historically used along the Latvian coast for both recreation and preservation – that connect the beach to inland environmental attractions and access points. Where today’s moles identify existing towns, the proposed mole network will mark the location of trekking cabins.
White’s Link cabin provides that shelter within a timber envelope that pays homage to traditional Latvian carpentry. The construction is simply framed, and modern wood products help reduce waste and ensure that the building will develop a natural patina over time.