Villa in Lithuania by Gzegozas Volkovskis

Villa in Lithuania

Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Gzegozas Volkovskis

A birch stump surrounded by coniferous forest on the northern outskirts of the city of Vilnius, at the bank of the Neris River, this is how the area looked before the beginning of construction of the current residential house.

Villa in Lithuania
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The birch stump had to be removed, but its presence is commemorated in the artistic architectural concept of the building.

Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Gzegozas Volkovskis

The main task of the design was to retain the existing trees near the house and design environmentally friendly house so that even when you stay indoors, you will have the impression of living in a forest on the bank of the river.

Villa in Lithuania
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The design was influenced by the trees, the river and quite steep natural terrain down the road at the entrance to the plot, to the land parcel free of trees on the riverside.

Villa in Lithuania
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The building site was chosen at the foot of the natural slope bare of trees, by embedding the major part of the house into the current relief and focusing the windows to the sunny side of the river.

Villa in Lithuania
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After entering the building, you have access to the mezzanine overlooking the river and the forest, with the kitchen equipped with a dining area.

Villa in Lithuania
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The stairs lead down to the guest room with tall showcase to the forest and the river. From the guest room you will access the bedrooms recessed into the slope, with views of the surrounding nature.

Villa in Lithuania
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Deepening the majority of premises into the soil allowed to maximise the thermal insulation of the building via the walls and the roof.

Villa in Lithuania
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According to local climate, minimisation of heat loss mentioned above, along with geothermal heating and smart natural air supply systems,  enabled the optimization of the operating costs of the building with large window area, which was inevitable in order to accomplish the basic design task.

Villa in Lithuania
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Exterior and interior finishes are made with natural materials, mainly concrete, wood, metal, choosing the gray tones of birch stump to replicate the colour motifs.

Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Gzegozas Volkovskis

Location: Vilnius County, Lithuania
Architect: Gzegozas Volkovskis
Size: 226 sq. m
Year: 2014
Photographs: Gzegozas Volkovskis, Zilvinas Vasiliauskas

Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Zilvinas Vasiliauskas
Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Gzegozas Volkovskis
Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Gzegozas Volkovskis
Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Zilvinas Vasiliauskas
Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Zilvinas Vasiliauskas
Villa in Lithuania
Photo © Gzegozas Volkovskis

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