Villa Vilnius – a visionary dream home
Arūnas Liola
Vilnius, Litauen
2016

Villa Vilnius – a visionary dream home

Aksel Jermstad

On the outskirts of Vilnius in Lithuania, stands an exceptional villa. Despite its dramatic natural surroundings, the expanses of Kebony wood on the roof, walls and terraces are immediately striking.

The dream of Arūnas Liola, an architect with the Arches practice, was to design a home that was both eco-friendly and striking in appearance. He aspired to achieve that with a combination of natural materials and bold geometry. It was also essential for the building to harmonise with the natural surroundings.

The result is an outstanding, stylish villa with a multi-angled pitched roof clad in 650 m2 Kebony wood, surrounding by an imposing green pine forest. Over time, the dark wood will transition to a beautiful silvery shade of grey, with the same exclusive appearance season after season.

Versatile, high-grade material

Arches frequently uses Kebony in its projects both for its sustainability and the quality and unique properties of the wood, which make it extremely durable and versatile to work with.

“Kebony makes creativity fun, because it offers endless options. It’s also a great advantage to be able to use the same material as both cladding and decking. This is what makes this residence so unique and consistent – the natural transitions,” says architect Arūnas Liola.

Award-winning use of Kebony

The architects at Arches have garnered both acclaim and admiration for the natural villa project.

In 2017, they won the magazine Architect’s prestigious Residential Architect Design Award for their focus on sustainable technology through the use of Kebony.

In the following year, the villa also won Surface Design Awards’ ‘Sustainable Exterior Surface’ award for the environment-friendly and aesthetic Kebony cladding.

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