g.natkevicius & companions builds modernist concrete home in lithuania
G.Natkevicius & Companions completes modernist home in lithuania
Architectural Bureau G.Natkevicius & Companions has accomplished a monumental two-story residence with a basement proper within the coronary heart of Kaunas, Lithuania. The venture consists of overlapping concrete planes and round openings, thus adopting a particular modernist character, and matching the general environment of the placement — a well-known interwar villa district of the nation. Embedded right into a sloping website and surrounded by tall timber, the dominating construction highlights the native topography, serving as a up to date landmark throughout the historic space.
all photos by Lukas Mykolaitis
tough concrete texture mixing into the historic context
The expressive constructing takes form as a cluster of neat interconnected volumes with a tough concrete texture. Nonetheless, the general strong and rugged aesthetic softens due to a collection of skinny vertical parts, expansive glass surfaces, and enormous round openings.
By way of this venture, the workforce at Architectural Bureau G.Natkevicius & Companions sought to create a construction that respects and highlights its environment, with out imitating them. The outside materiality of the constructing generates a robust contrasting impact with the colourful homes of the realm however nonetheless accentuates each pure and concrete settings. On this method, it makes it recognized that it’s a constructing of its time that may nonetheless mix harmoniously into the historic context.
reaching stability between robustness and fragility
The materially of the venture may appear chilly and unapproachable at first, and should even be related to uncomfortable bunkers. Nonetheless, because the design integrates giant floor-to-ceiling home windows and the open terraces, occupants can benefit from the modernist setting and the great thing about the rugged concrete textures with out experiencing detrimental emotions. As well as, the design incorporates wood parts throughout the inside, including to the heat of the venture. All in all, the design meticulously interweaves sturdy solids with fragile parts, thus reaching a balanced residential setting.
cantilevered flooring, vertical slats and solar energy plant
The primary ground provides entry to the partially open basement of the constructing which homes a spacious storage with eight parking spots. The second ground is split into two sections —glass and monolithic— whereas a 3rd concrete quantity is seemingly hanging within the air.
Upon coming into the constructing by way of the glass entrance, the area opens to disclose the interior terrace designed with rectangular concrete helps and a round opening that replicates the façade. The architects have allotted all widespread rooms on the primary ground, together with a vertical circulation space together with a staircase and an elevator. The second ground, above the interior terrace, is cantilevered,options two luxurious bedrooms with separate loos and walk-in closets. The bed room home windows on the second ground of the home are shaded with unique vertical concrete slats. Such a component not solely breaks down and offers a smaller scale to the sculptural constructing, but additionally enlivens and softens the façade. Final however not least, a solar energy plant has been put in on the roof of the constructing.