September 23, 2014

BRUTALIST FACELIFT was a competition organised by Homemade Dessert in collaboration with Liepaja City Council and Kurzemes Business Incubator for Karosta neighbourhood in Liepaja City, Latvia.

It was about ‘thinking on a particular way to restore the lost vitality of the “brutalist” apartment buildings, by acting directly upon them.’

It was a really fun experience and we are super proud of showing it although we didn’t win!



The relentless grid of the brutalist box is celebrated in an activated LIFE-SUPPORT SCAFFOLD.

We wrap buildings and EXTEND THE PUBLIC SPACE from the GROUND onto the ROOF. Now the building exists in a matrix of play, event and action. This scaffold is not just ornament! It is an infrastructure for performance, markets, cinemas, playgrounds, bike parking, gyms, everything the inhabitants want to create. This DECORATED SHED now sings about the life within. Each configuration is unique and open to potential, and can be used by the inhabitants, the unit of life (Unite d’habitation) living, moving, evolving AND SUPPORTING the people.


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December 2020 Lily Jencks on Super Jury at World Architecture Festival. November 2020 Lily Jencks Judging Panel RIBA Silver Medal. October 2020 Talk with Lily Jencks @MSCTY_SPACE part of London Festival of Architecture "Unseen Architecture"- 19 March 2020 Talk with Lily Jencks @ Clemenger Auditorium, Melbourne for "Transformative landscapes: Designing the healthy city" - October 2019 Ruins Studio wins the ABB Leaf Award in the category "Best New Start-Up Practice Project" -June 2019 LJS Quintessentially English: What does it mean to be Native, listed as 1 of 10 unmissable events and exhibitions @ London Festival of Architecture 2019 - 22 June 2019 Talk with Lily Jencks at Cabot Square for 'Quintessential English Garden' as part of the LFA - February 2019 Lily Jencks Studio winner @ SURFACE DESIGN AWARD in the category"Housing Interior Surface" with the project Powis Cloud