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House in Pavilniai Regional Park, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Article by George Chronopoulos
Posted on December 31st, 2010
in Architecture & Architectural Bureau G.Natkevicius & Partners

The restoration and conversion of an old yellow brick lodge into a family home was undertaken by architects Architectural Bureau G. Natkevicius & Partners in 2007. The building is located in Puckoriu, Vilnius, Lithuania. Landscape artists, E, Nomeikiene, I. Cepuriene completed the project with their minimalistic style enhanced by the addition of the work of sculptor, A. Slapikas.

A cannon foundry originally stood on the site of the house and the preservation of any historical features were important in the design consideration. After the discovery of old bricks being the basic building material of the lodge, it was decided to maintain them in the interior of the house and enclose them with plate glass walls thus managing to preserve the old bricks yet keeping them visible and an integral part of design and functionality. The interior of the house is light and airy and contains living areas for a family of four. The internal staircase, surprisingly modern, provides access to the three floors. As the client is an antique book collector, the basement contains his collection of books housed in the historic environment of the old lodge. Other features of this unusual home include a Turkish bath with rest rooms as well as a 2 car garage. One of the most stunning things about this home is the view offered by living in a glass structure of a local park whilst maintaining the privacy of its occupants giving the best of both worlds.