Ola is a personal manifesto on how to approach architecture. It doesn't necessarily have to be liked by everyone - if everyone likes architecture, something is wrong

With respect for the scale of Īpsala's construction and nature, in the very middle of it, between hundred-year-old lindens and thick oaks, it is planted in a recess Ola – a three-story concrete and glass building, the quintessence of the ideas of the architect Uldas Pilens.

Each element here has both a functional and a symbolic meaning. The building is surrounded by six-meter free-standing milk glass plates. On the one hand, they overshadow the interior spaces, on the other hand, the architect compares them with the mystical stone piles of Stonehenge in modern material and with shells that peel off: «If you break an egg from the outside, it is the end of an unborn life, but if you break an egg from the inside with outside help, it's like a new beginning. This is what we are trying to say both with the external form and with the content.» Ola is the home of Ulda and Ilze Pīleni's cherished fund Ola Foundation, which invites you to learn about yourself and the world through art, music, discussions and other events.


The architecture of Ola is a space that evolves with its occupants. It is a place that embodies the art of cognition. Both yourself and the world.

The architect's creative and technological visions have materialized in every detail of the project, even in specially made elevators, in which the materials used give the walls a swirling effect and reduce the "feeling of a cramped cabin". "Everything here, down to the last screw, is Ulda's design. This building complex has been like a creative laboratory for two years," adds Ilze. It is planned that the guests of the foundation who will stay here will have free access to both buildings to read a book, sip coffee, meditate or enjoy art in their own room. This principle is borrowed from a museum accommodation on the island of Naoshima in Japan.

Although there are many foreign influences, and Uldis Pīlēns emphasizes - "we must be open to the world", Ola Foundation the complex also makes maximum use of what was created in Latvia - from local building materials to Night furniture for beds and Studio Natural for textiles. The key word is quality.


The Ola Foundation complex is available for various types of cultural events


The OLA Foundation complex is located in a beautiful location 10 minutes from the city center