Valley villa

Valley villa

Private Houses
Vilnius, Lithuania - Build completed in 2016
Norbert Tukaj

Valley villa

Arches as Architects

Just a few hundred meters from the active city street and you can find yourself in exclusive surrounding of the park. Calm and harmony of nature. This sensation is enhanced by natural valley, the old Raguva. Sunny slope of the valley. Outskirts. Place of the former wooden farmstead. Regional park territory. Regulated architectural solution. Territory limitations for architectural expression and clients vision to live in contemporary house – these were starting points.

How to harmonize all of this?

The object is located in the sunny part of the slope next to the outskirts. It is designed in the former farmsteda place. Existing slope and all valuable trees in the site are preserved. The idea of the building is to ,,hang“ it over the valley and open it to the valley by continues windows. The ground floor is partly hidden in the slope. Due to black shale finish the ground floor disappears in otskirt shadow. Only the first floor volume, finshe wit natural wood, is exibited . Laconic, sculptural form of volumes interprets the silhouette of traditional sloped house. Divided volume, varying forms forms, humane proportions, glass and wood harmony creates the impression of lightness. Interior spaces follows forms of the volume. Integral natural wood finish of the facades and roof creates impression of form solidity. The volume with its materials and coloring flourishes in forest and valley background. By dividing the volume, micro-spaces - courtyards are created. This is the building in nature. Therefore all main interior spaces have entrances into exterior spaces- courtyards. Courtyards are arranged in different levels, creating sensation of wholeness and privacy, enables to enjoy both morning and evening sun. The hanging volume of the first floor naturally creates the terrace. Windows of the ground floor are partly covered with the vertical wooden lamelles, they serve as protection from overheat and becomes a part of the interior. Suroundings are planted with grass, the path to the enrance is of granite tiles in order to minimize the intervention to the nature. The plot is surounded with the open work fence.

For building facades exclusively natural finishing materials were selected. The main finishing material is pine wood manufactured by ,,Kebony“ technology. Pine was selected as typical tree for the surrounding. Using unique ,,Kebony“ technology wood becomes particularly resistant, stable, durable and there is no need for any additional maintenance. It is ecological product and this becomes important factor in regional park territory. Within time, pine wood grays ant fits the environment even more by fading in pine trunk background.

Because of the exclusive qualities of ,,Kebony“ technology, manufactured wood allowed to create visually solid volumes. Finish is applied not only for the facades but also for varying geometry of roof planes, visible from the slope. The wood is attached to stainless steel profiles system within self-fixate plastic holders. The accurate wood geometry allowed to combine wooden finish planes, form vertical wooden blinds by creating accurate graphics. The graphics is continued by natural shale finish. Black ,,Rathscheck“ shale is used for finish of the lower parts of the volume.

Shale finish is also attached to stainless steel profile system fixing with fixating glues in vertical stripes. The graphical expression is enhanced by metal railing stripes fixed above the shale contunueing its vertical division. Different materials, different elements supplement each other fulfilling the facade graphical expression. It is all about the graphical interpretation of park trees trunks.

The other reason for choosing natural wood as the main finishing material of the volume is the aim to interpret Lithuanian traditional wooden house. The main characteristics of Lithuanian traditional houses are laconic volume, double pitched roof, wooden blinds, wooden finishing and granite rocks foundation. Considering that the project site is in regional park territory, the idea was to remind qualities of traditional farmstead house by interpreting it in a contemporary way.

Valley Villa - Building In Nature

CEADESIGN as Bathtub manufacturer

Let yourself be completely enveloped by nature, take delight in its beauty and for a moment, forget the hustle and bustle of the city. Valley Villa, designed by Studio Arches, is located a few kilometres from the city of Vilnius and was conceived with the intention of creating perfect integration between its modern architectural lines and the extraordinary individuality of the surrounding natural environment. With external cladding in Kebony wood and irregular sloping roofs, the residence resides in absolute harmony with the valley in which it stands and the green pines that surround it.

The ground floor, in black shale stone, almost disappears into the natural incline of the valley. The first floor is the only one that is entirely visible, with contours that redefine those found in traditional Lithuanian houses. The use of materials such as wood and glass not only delivers optimum brightness to the interior spaces but also further strengthens the link with the outdoors. Thanks to its large windows and solid dimensions the residence opens out into thevalley, echoing its natural morphology.

The ground floor windows are partially covered by vertical wooden slats, which ensure protection from the sun’s rays, whilst at the same time becoming part of the interior decoration. Contours that clearly evoke the shape of tree trunks and that underline, like the entire structure itself, the desire to stand in continuity with the surrounding environment.

These architectural needs are perfectly satisfied by the essential shape of INNOVO series by CEA, chosen to improve the liveability of the bathroom space. Made of stainless steelAISI 316, INNOVO built-in parts simplify construction works. Moreover, the mixer opens from cold water to hot, to guarantee energy saving, and the aerator, provided with flow limiter, ensures water conservation.

Project team
Bathtub manufacturer
Product Specifications
CEADESIGNCEADESIGNBathtub manufacturer
Filiofocus centralFireplace supplier
InarchiInarchiLighting suppliers
KebonyKebonyWood Prefabricator
Rathscheck Schiefer und Dach-Systeme ZN der Wilh. Werhahn KG NeussRathscheck Schiefer und Dach-Systeme ZN der Wilh. Werhahn KG NeussManufacturer/Supplier Slate for roofs and walls
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