On the outskirts of Vilnius on a forested site, this new housing development by Paleko Arch Studija comprises three two-floor villas of 80 square meters each. Surrounded by a tall old pine forest and neighbouring individual villas, the concept maximizes the tranquility of the forest. Clad mainly with timber that blends into the surroundings, there are no fences, only hedge rows for some separation. Even the driveway is reduced to a bare minimum with cars parked on a strengthened lawn surface.
Family activities are organized over three the levels. The ground level accommodates a fully glazed living space with the floor extending naturally into the surrounding forest. The next floor features Villa Savoye-type panoramic windows framed within the bedrooms. The final level is dedicated to a full roof terrace set amongst the crowns of evergreen pines.
The natural wood cladding is extended upwards to enclose the private roof terraces, which are accessed through rectangular glass box attics. The glass boxes also serve as natural light wells for the interior staircases. Some wood planking is used for the roof terrace to reduce maintenance.
Further to the relationship between building and nature, the compact building volume helps sustain low energy needs throughout the yearly weather cycle and also provides for easy accessibility for maintenance.