Observation terrace

​​ ​

THE OBSERVATION TERRACE IS MADE TO HARMONISE WITH ITS SURROUNDINGS, THE KOKNESE PENINSULA, EMPHASIZING ITS UNIQUE CONTOURS. IT IS A PLACE WHERE VISITORS CAN EXPERIENCE AN OUTSTANDING VIEW OF THE DAUGAVA RIVER AND THE KOKNESE CHURCH.​ ​

The observation terrace is a favourite place for wedding ceremonies – the very atmosphere is one of enduring love. The terrace with the paths leading to it – one from the garden to the banks of the Daugava, the other to the terrace above, replicate the notion of a union.

The observation terrace was only included as an idea in landscape architect Shunmyo Masuno’s original project.  But, in 2009, the “Koknese foundation” organized a competition for students of architecture to present their ideas for the terrace project. The winners were Riga Technical University students Laura Laudere and Didzis Jaunzems, together with “Jaunromāns un Ābele” architects. The Observation terrace was built in 2012 and it has also won a Latvian Architecture Award. Photographs of the Observation terrace have also been published in the “International New Landscape” magazine.

An object of note that stands near the terrace is the “Hiroshima Peace stone”. This was a gift to nation received by a patron of the Garden of Destiny, Valdis Zatlers, Latvian president from 2007 to 2011.