This family house in Vilnius, Lithuania is an inspiring design by 4PLIUS Architects. Spread over an area of 310 sqm the house is recently finished in 2014 right across an edge of urban development on one side and forest cultivation on another. Situated in the suburban region, the location proves beneficial to the residents having both: close proximity to urban and natural landscape. The architect quotes that the solid volume of the house speaks of their owners’ culture and stability, as well as the relaxing beauty of nature that surrounds it. Getting inspiration from the surrounding context and situating your design accordingly is a remarkable job done by the team indeed.
“One can enjoy pine tree reflections on the windows ‘glass and the polished stone, greenery of the façades, rhythmic of details and handrails, and natural materials, such as stone and wood.”
The villa is oriented such as enough privacy is generated for the residents yet the natural views of the green landscape outside and the natural light is available. By using reflective windows, much of privacy issue is resolved, where you can have ample view of the outside, but no one can have a glance of the interior. Another clever approach is the use of local, natural material in the interior and exterior of house and on façade finishes. By doing so the architect has not only opted for a sustainable approach, but proficiently resolved his architecture within the surrounding context both tangibly and intangibly.
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The house interior finishes is laid with natural polished stones and wood making it an intellectual approach towards sustainability.
Personal Spaces such as bedrooms are furnished to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere, complimented with abundance of natural light and landscape view.
This family house is exemplified as a small personal holiday resort yet very intimate and homely. Outside sitting spaces are generated to make a tangible and intangible connection with the external environment.
The dining hall is a part of the living room, just personalized with appropriate furnishing, heaps of natural light and wood finish.
The external façade is treated with locally available natural stone, puncture with glass where views are available and blocked with solid walls where privacy is needed.
Main External View 2
Appearing like two rectangular blocks randomly placed over each other, the house actually is carefully designed to harvest natural light, surrounding views and privacy on the other end.
Main External View 1
The house is located right on the edge of forest plantation thus giving a natural landscape as the resident's disposal to interact and live in.
The two-story family home has the best of both worlds because it's bordered by both the city and nature. Surrounded by many trees, residents can live in peace.
The main road leads to the wooden garage door, on the backside.
Three skylights of various sizes open up to develop a tangible connection between the two floors.
Into the woods
One can enjoy pine tree reflections on the windows‘ glass giving you an exquisite experience of natural environment.
Ground level Plan
A small water body is located inside the house to create a relaxing atmosphere within the perimeter
By using reflective windows, much of privacy issue is resolved, where you can have ample view of the outside, but no one can have a glance of the interior.
The lounge,dining hall and kitchen are connected as one large volume of space to create a feeling of openness and transperency
Blinds can be pulled over on large glass window panels to create privacy inside, thus making it a transformable and adaptive element.
White cabinets set in coherence with the light wood flooring makes a sleek, modern design for the kitchen interior.
This large skylight brightens the main lobby and enhance the material finishes to their natural glory.
Another small scale skylight gives you an extended view of the blue sky.
The metal rod balustrade paves your way to the second floor were all the bedrooms are located.
Top Level Plan
Villa in Woods
The client's brief was to create a holiday home for a young family that could be enjoyed by an extended circle too.
A wooden sliding door makes a sleek and transformable connection with the dining hall and the kitchen.
The solid volume of the house speaks of their owners’ culture and stability, as well as the relaxing beauty of nature that surrounds it.