House Tour: A luxury wooden villa in a valley of trees

Not far from Vilnius, the bustling capital of Lithuania, stands Valley Villa, a contemporary eco-friendly house that rises from the landscape like a rock amidst rolling hills and dense forestry.

The villa, designed by Arches Architects, is clad in Kebony wood and was designed to complement the surrounding scenery. Architect Arūnas Liola aimed to create a structure that was both ecologically friendly and natural in appearance as well as striking. The building interweaves natural materials with a bold sculptural form. The light, multi-tonal colour of the primary material Kebony wood complements the black slate of the building’s base. Kebony is an easily sculpted wood that requires no additional treatment when used externally, but over time develops a silver-grey patina, meaning the house will further blend with its surroundings as time goes on.

Floor to ceiling windows encase the house, so that the views of the forests become a part of the home. The two tones of the exterior in pale uncoated wood and slate black continue into the monochrome interiors. The rooms are modern and minimalist as well as natural and traditional. The spaces are open plan, allowing panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

The main living space of the home is architecturally raised up and juts out over the lower floor, appearing like a great tree house above the entrance to the building. This room is spacious, bright and open, with a neutral palette that reflects the surrounding outdoors. Its central bold black ceiling fireplace creates a focus, and both draws the eye up to the peaked ceiling whilst also creating a cosy focus around which to gather.

The external wooden shutters that surround the home create a linear pattern, echoed in the railings of the staircase and the window panels, as well as the shelving in the bathroom and the mid-century streamlined furniture chosen for the house.

While the large interiors are spacious and open plan and the surroundings are vast, there are also plenty of nooks in the house in which to find personal, intimate space. A small patio off the main lounge is sheltered from the wind and the elements, but offers views across the landscape. Similarly, a balcony behind the main space offers another intimate outdoors area to relax. Downstairs, the bedrooms are embedded into the landscape for a cosy, sheltered sleep.

Photography © Arches

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