House in Kaunas / Architectural firm G. Natkevicius & Partners
Text description provided by the architects. Monumental expression, a two-storey building with a basement is located in the picturesque central part of Kaunas, in the old interwar villa district. The composition of the new house keeps alive the spirit of Kaunas modernism as the circular windows designed in the concrete planes give the building the impression of modernism. The two-volume reinforced concrete house is embedded in a rather expressive descending relief, which the building itself only further emphasizes the slope of the plot.
The rectangular plot complex is enriched with landscape solutions, an open-work, vertically split concrete fence that introduces a smaller scale into the street pavement.
Exceptional architectural building welcomes with an impressive concrete facade, expressing its natural beauty, whose rough industrial texture is softened by the glass, contrasting with its lightness and fragility. The building impresses with its sleek, original shapes. The volume of the building is spread over three floors. The first level is the entrance to the basement of the house, where a luxury garage for eight cars has been designed. There is not much space for parking cars on the plot.
The stairs from the partially open basement lead to the first floor of the building and the interior space of the plot. The first floor of the house is divided into two parts: glass and monolithic. Hanging above the glass section is a monolithic console on the third floor, which appears suspended in the air due to the glass display cases. There is a spacious hall with cloakroom, stairs and elevator and on the ground floor a kitchen, dining and living room.
Once entered the building through the glass part of the building, the interior space opens up – the inner garden and the terrace, designed from glass showcases, which only enhances the impression of the floating volume. The terrace is additionally designed with rectangular concrete support with a circular opening that replicates the facade.
The second floor, above the inner terrace, is cantilevered, as the first floor is only occupied by the hall space. The second floor is designed with two luxurious bedrooms with separate bathrooms and walk-in closets. The bedroom windows on the second floor of the house are shaded with exclusive vertical concrete slats. Such an element not only breaks down and gives a smaller scale to the sculptural building, but also enlivens and softens the facade. A solar power plant has been designed on the roof of the building.