Surrounded by hundred-year-old pines and close to a protected park region, the location offers the particular attraction of being situated within walking distance of the city centre. Thanks to the complete redesign of the façade, it is nearly impossible to tell that the project involved the extensive renovation of an existing building. Generously sized terraces and balconies define the structure horizontally, and the wood panelling immediately below these projecting elements and above the windows contrasts with the interspersing brick façade to striking effect. Tinted glass balustrades along the balconies permit an uninterrupted view of the natural surroundings out the French windows of the apartments. The existing site relief was intelligently used to integrate a new underground garage with 18 parking spaces for cars and motorcycles as well as a charging station for electric vehicles. The entry area is especially spacious and inviting with its four-storey atrium that extends to the top of the building, including glass roof.
The building is primarily made of high-quality yet also robust, long-lasting and low-maintenance materials: steel-reinforced concrete for the cornices, clinker brick in the façades as well as for stairways, smaller walls and access ways. The brick types Terca Lapis WDF, Terca Forum Ombra WDF and Penter Euroton Nostalgie UWF from Wienerberger are particularly suited to the high standards applied here as well as to the elegant aesthetics and the required durability. Wood was used for the horizontal façade strips and terrace flooring, while glass balustrades are provided as safety barriers on the terraces and balconies. For a particular emphasis on security, a biometric access control system was installed – a first in Lithuania – that recognises each of the residents. The building has been awarded an energy efficiency class A rating. Geothermal heating systems and heat recovery systems guarantee an optimal supply of fresh air and comfortable indoor temperatures.
Project nameResidential building at Rūtų Street 21, Vilnius, Lithuania
ArchitectKestutis Pempe, Emilis Petkevicius, Ausrine Bredulyte
ClientUAB „Promo Vision“
Terca Lapis WDF, Terca Forum Ombra WDF, Penter Euroton Nostalgie UWF
Year of completion2018