Project: Roof Penthouse
Team: Laura Malcaite, Dmitrij Kudin
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Area: 197 square feet
Photographer: Darius Petrulaitis
While walking along the street you won’t notice this roof penthouse. This is an abode where you can escape from the hustle and bustle but, at the same time, feel yourself an integral part of the charming city.
The spaces of this roof penthouse located in the heart of Vilnius Naujamiestis have three dimensions: private, public-indoor and public-outdoor. The outdoor space here forms an integral part of the indoor space owing to the given architectural entities with 5.5 m glass walls and patios en girdling practically all of the apartments.
Space is a key value of this home and a measure of comfort. The space is stratified not only horizontally by floors, but also vertically by curtains, glass walls and functions. The curtains here act in a scenographic manner: they fulfil not only a screen function but are a full-fledged space-forming element as a ‘soft wall’, whose multilayer is revealed while you are on the upper floor where the curtains of one space layer-by-layer bring to light other spaces, including the outdoor one.
The public indoor space – living-room, dining room and kitchen – is separated from the private one – bedrooms – by the furniture structure veneered in natural wood. In this way the visual boundary between the public and the private is outlined.
The wooden ceiling somewhat brings the impressive height of the space down-to-earth, at the same time being a link between the lower floor public space and the upper floor private one.
The bedrooms on the upper floor are designed in such a way as not to lose the connection with the environment; the glass showcases and monolithic railing in one of the rooms become a micro balcony, creating an illusion of a building inside a building, both from the outside and from the inside.
Here the monolithic spatial structures acquire refinement owing to terrazzo flooring pattern, sophisticated furniture and materials specially designed for this home, which in the long run will become even more appreciated.