Paleko Arch Studija and Plazma Architekturos Studija completed Rasu Namai, a cluster of woodland homes elevated atop four historic ammunition vaults. Located in Lithuania’s Pavilniai Regional Park north of Vilnius, the housing development comprises 18 contemporary homes. Clad in timber planks of varying textures and topped with steeply pitched roofs, the dwellings combine traditional vernacular influences with a contemporary aesthetic.
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.
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.
“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.”
Images via Plazma Architekturos Studija