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The Arches studio has constructed a house of 415 sq. meters on the place of the old farmhouse in the surroundings of Vilnius (Lithuania). This project has united traditional architectural approaches and local construction traditions. The basement level of the building is partly hidden in the hill. It vanishes in the hill`s shadow due to the dark shale rock, a part of the house`s finishing. The visible part here is only the first-floor block, finished with wood and as if hanged up above the surrounding landscape.

The use of wood in the roof and facades finishing creates image of monolithic sculptural form. The building consists of several volumes; such approach made possible creation of a range of internal yards providing various views on the surrounding park. Windows of the basement floor are partially covered by wooden lamellas protecting from the sun; they remind of wooden louvres, typical for Lithuanian houses.

Photos by Norbert Tukaj, courtesy of Arches studio

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