Paleko Arch Studija, Plazma Architekturos Studija, Rasu Namai by Paleko Arch Studija and Plazma Architekturos Studija, Rasu Namai, timber clad housing, ammunition vault, Vilnius, housing development

Since the Rasu Namai housing development was built on a sloped site, eight of the houses were positioned on the higher portion of the plot and are separated from the remaining ten homes that are located on the lower part of the terrain near the creek. The two-story homes, which the exception of two, are organized in pairs; the four pairs of elevated homes are linked with cross-braced stairwells, while the four pairs of lower elevation homes share wooden patios and gardens.

Paleko Arch Studija, Plazma Architekturos Studija, Rasu Namai by Paleko Arch Studija and Plazma Architekturos Studija, Rasu Namai, timber clad housing, ammunition vault, Vilnius, housing development

The eight dwellings that sit on higher ground are elevated atop columns to preserve the footprint and views of the four historic ammunition vaults, built by the Poles in the mid-1920s during the WWII. The vaults are owned by the residents in the houses above and have been restored with their decorative facades.

Paleko Arch Studija, Plazma Architekturos Studija, Rasu Namai by Paleko Arch Studija and Plazma Architekturos Studija, Rasu Namai, timber clad housing, ammunition vault, Vilnius, housing development

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“Traditional archetypical silhouette of the buildings is supplemented by moderate contemporary details and elements,” write the architects. “Shapes are lightened by abstract volumes of bay windows and skylights. The complex of houses is harmonized by uniform materialization: buildings are clad in wood planks of several different textures, influenced by local traditions. Homogenous architectural details, scale and color of the buildings enhance the idea of unity even further.”

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