In Garupe, Latvia, a unique wooden log house village “Garupe Beach Cottages” has been opened. The area is the first wooden private house village of its kind in Latvia and only a 30-minute drive from the center of Riga. Currently, the first phase of the project has been completed – eight houses have been built. The start of the second phase is planned for 2022, as a result of compination of total 27 log houses.
The village housing combines aesthetics with ecology and a dynamic rhythm of life intertwined with the peace of nature. Modern log buildings are built of Finnish pine (“Honka”), which provides a healthy and ecological living space. The vision of the project is to create a beautiful new village, where like-minded people should gather.
The opening event took place in September 2021 and was attended by Marko Saarelainen, CEO of the Finnish manufacturer Honka, project developer Sergejs Pališčuks, Finnish Ambassador to Latvia Riitta Korpivaara with Adazi mayor Maris Sprindžuks, as well as other well-known celebrities and potential buyers.
At the opening event, the project developer Pališčuks shared the story of his childhood and his grandparents’ wooden house, which has been remembered as a warm, cozy place where the smell of wood evokes a sense of happiness, which also served as an inspiration for such a project.
CEO Saarelainen mentioned that the houses use the latest knowledge and technologies that currently exist in the world and are also used in Finland in the construction of wooden houses. “We are pioneers in the world in the construction of this type of houses and we are 15 years ahead of our competitors.”
The Finnish Ambassador expressed her pleasure about Latvia’s co-operation with Finland in the economic sector, which is also being expanded by this project, “Wood is a very special material. Studies show that wood has a positive psychological and overall beneficial effect on human health. Living in a wooden house makes people happy. And Garupe combines it all. ” the ambassador emphasized in her speech.
The event was also attended by the Mayor of Ādaži, Māris Sprindžuks, who stated that he is happy with this type of project and will be extremely grateful if the project continues to develop.
Honkarakenne Ltd supplies healthy and ecological high-quality log homes, holiday homes and public buildings. Its buildings are made from Finnish solid wood under the Honka brand. The company has delivered 85,000 buildings to over 50 countries. We manufacture our home packages in Finland, at our own factory located in Karstula. In 2020, Honkarakenne Group’s consolidated net sales totalled EUR 52.9 million, of which exports accounted for 30%. www.honka.com
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Garupe Beach Cottages is a new village by the sea in Latvia which consists of eight beautiful and high quality Honka houses. They are located next to each other only a 30-minute drive from the center of Riga and within a 15-minute walk to Baltic sea through a lovely pine forest.EXPLORE MORE