Valley Villa

Valley Villa is a project for a single family house of 415 sq.m. Contemporary architecture - as an interpretation and reflection of the traditional Lithuanian wooden house in the surroundings of the natural park.

Just a few hundred meters from busy city streets and you can find yourself in an exclusive surrounding of the park. Tranquility and harmony of nature. This sensation is enhanced by the natural valley, the old Raguva. Sunny slope of the valley. Outskirts. Place of the former wooden farmstead. Regional park territory. Architectural regulations. Territory limitations for the architectural expression and clients vision to live in contemporary house – these were the starting points.
The main aim was - how to harmonize all of this?

The idea of the building is to ,,hang“ it over the valley and open it to the valley by glassed facades. The ground floor is partly hidden in the preserved existing slope. Due to the black shale finishing the ground floor disappears in the shadow or the outskirts. Laconic, sculptural shape of volumes interprets the silhouette of a traditional sloped house. Varying forms, human scale proportions, harmony of glass and wood creates the impression of lightness. Integral natural wood finishing of the facades and roof creates impression of a form solidity. The volume with its materials and coloring flourishes into the forest and valley in the background. By dividing the volume, micro-spaces - courtyards and terraces in different levels are designed to enjoy privacy and the outdoors. Windows of the ground floor are partly covered with the vertical wooden lamelles, they serve as protection from an overheat and becomes a part of the interior. The path to the enrance is covered with the granite tiles in order to minimize the intervention to the nature.

The main finishing material - pine wood manufactured by the,,Kebony“ technology was selected as a typical tree for the surroundings. While using unique ecological ,,Kebony“ technology wood becomes particularly resistant, stable, durable and there is no need for any additional maintenance. Within time, pine wood grays and fits to the environment even more by fading in the background of the pine trunks. Finishing is applied to the facades and varying geometry of the roof planes. The wood is attached to the stainless steel profiles system with self-fixate plastic holders. The accurate wood geometry allowed to form the vertical wooden blinds by creating the accurate graphics. The Black ,,Rathscheck“ shale used for the finishing of the lower parts of the volume. The graphical expression is enhanced by the metal railing stripes. It is all about the graphical interpretation of the trees trunks at the park and the aim to interpret the Lithuanian traditional wooden house - laconic volume, double pitched roof, wooden blinds, wooden finishing and the granite rocks foundation. The idea was to remind qualities of the traditional by interpreting it in a contemporary way.