Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Concrete House At The Seaside in Klaipeda district, Lithuania by NEBRAU
March 14th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: NEBRAU
To create such an architectural character, which is clear, unique, in harmony to the landscape, preserves and highlights the natural surroundings, and the nature itself.
Integration to the environment
The place of the house in the quarter: the angular, square-shaped land plot which starts the row of villas emphasised with a small-volume turning, it maintains the line of the built-up area.
The management and landscaping of this land plot was a delicate solution: the already growing trees were preserved, a lot of emphasis was put to the natural landscape – the existing blossoming meadows were maintained as well as new ones were projected, a lot of attention was paid to the terrain gradual growth in height which, in combination with the newly made mounds creates privacy for the land plot; natural and environment integrating covers were projected, such as wood chip covers, natural stone, various types and sizes granite covers. Two exterior terraces were projected with a close relationship between themselves as well as to the interior and yard environment of the house itself.
The building is convenient to use and functional. This was reached thanks to the division of the spaces into four functional zones: the living zone (kitchen, dining room, and guest room), resting-sleeping zone (the major sleeping room with the wardrobe and batch, two sleeping rooms for children with a WC and shower), SPA zone (Jacuzzi and leisure room, sauna, WC and shower), garage and utility rooms’ zone. These zones are connected with a spacious corridor and open-type interior yard.
The building by its volume, proportions, and the selection of materials has a good integration into its surroundings. The solid-looking, sculptural concrete decoration of the building outlines the volume if the building on the first perspective, and shade lines emphasise the contrast between the volumes and materials. Clear horizontal facade lines can be seen from the side of the main street, the intersection of the SPA and living zones appears impressive. Facade decoration materials: concrete slabs, seamless clinker blocks.
The interior was created as a warm, cosy atmosphere. Natural and reliable decoration materials shall be used such as concrete for the fireplace decoration and kitchen floor, natural wood for the floor of the greater part of the remaining areas, guest room, kitchen and SPA zones, as well as kitchen furniture‘ stone mass tiles for the corridor, SPA space, sanitation units.
The traditional Lithuanian ornaments are used for the interior. The concrete slabs used for the decoration of the fireplace have the imprint of the honeycomb ornaments and it means the “network of life”. The glass art reminds the ancient Lithuanian house door symbols with diamond-shaped ornaments interpretation.