This single-family house in Palanga, Lithuania is an excellent application example for clinker brick slips. The narrow property is located near a pine forest, about one kilometer from the sea. Located on a slope, the house is beautifully embedded in nature. It borders a road at the foot of the slope and the forest. All living spaces are raised above street level and oriented towards the forest, while the garage and other technical rooms are positioned on the ground floor. The architecture follows the intricate landscape and there is plenty of space for outdoor activities. This division of space also emphasizes the psychological perception of private and public.
Clinker brick slips create a maintenance-free facade
The architects wanted to avoid the impression of a bulky, floating object that dictates a one-story living area. The single-family house was therefore divided into three separate living areas, which correspond to three functional zones: children’s rooms with their own bathroom and washroom stand firmly on the floor, while the parents’ zone – a master bedroom with en-suite facilities – is raised from the slope by a plinth. The central building volume houses a staircase that connects the main living areas on the first floor with a garage, an entrance hall and technical rooms on the ground floor.
This arrangement of the building volumes also enabled sensitive adjustments to the alignment for all buildings. The children’s room faces south to maximize light and warmth. The parents’ volume is towards the north for a cooler indoor climate. All rooms open onto the forest and are protected from view from the street.
The rear facade acts like a funnel
The three building volumes are connected by a central transitional axis. If you move along it, you can feel the slight changes in the rooms. Since the customers are passionate art lovers and collectors, there are places in the house where their art objects can be harmoniously integrated without disturbing the free flow of the rooms or competing with the surrounding nature.
The house looks like the fingers of a hand reaching into the sand. The rear facade acts like a funnel – catches the light, the wind, the nature. The project aims for a sophisticated appearance. The clinker brick slips are made by hand in Belgium and stacked and glued to the facade in such a way that there are no gaps. The curved base gives the house a touch of playfulness.
Architects: UAB Architektu biuras
Location: Palanga, Lithuania
Area: 253 square meters
Project year: 2013
Photographs: Leonas Garbačauskas