A Home in Vilnius Will Leave You Breathless
BY Steve Napier | Aug 10, 2017 | Architecture


Valley Villa, Vilnius, Lithuania
Photo above by N.Tukaj.

Located at a former farmstead, the existing slope and all the trees in the property were preserved during the construction of this multi-awarded house. It “hangs” over a valley, with views enhanced by continuous windows.

The black-shale ground floor is partly hidden in the slope, giving prominence to the natural wood finish of the facade’s first floor and the roof. The resulting architectural silhouette is a sculptural yet unobtrusive addition to this sunny side of the valley.

By dividing the volume into micro-spaces, courtyards were created. All the main interior spaces have entrances into the courtyards that allow its residents to enjoy both the morning and afternoon sun.

Arches, Lithuania

Rolandas Liola, Arūnas Liola, and Edgaras Neniškis—all with either a master’s degree or doctorate from the Faculty of Architecture of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University—established Architektūros Estetikos Studija (later renamed Arches), a Lithuanian architectural studio, in 2002. The practice has completed projects in, among other countries, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and Montenegro. 

Lead architects of the Valley Villa project (L–R): Arūnas Liola (main architect), Rolandas Liola, Edgaras Neniškis, Margarita Kaučikaitė, and Enrika Geštautaitė.


  • "Best Individual House" and "Best Private Interior" at "Tendencies 2017,” organised by the Lithuanian architectural magazine NAMAS ir AŠ.
  • "Best Private Interior" at the contest "Interior of the Year/Golden Palette’16,” organised by Lithuanian interior design magazine Interjeras.lt.”
  • Nominated for “Building of the Year 2017,” houses category, organised by ArchDaily.
  • Nominated for the Lithuanian architecture review magazine Archiforma's 2016 awards.
  • Main prize, "Meter 1/5 meter" at the contemporary Lithuanian Architecture exhibition/competition “Žvilgsnis I Save 2015-2016.”
  • Awarded the Best Bnterior in the house category at "Mano Erdvė 2016," organized by the Lithuanian Architects Association and daily newspaper Lietuvos rytas.

The main living space of the home protrudes over the lower floor, mimicking a tree house above the entrance to the villa. The bold, black, and floor-to-ceiling fireplace creates a centre of focus amid the largely neutral palette. Photo by L. Garbačauksas. 

The living room, dining room, and kitchen share one elongated space. All the main interior spaces have openings that lead to external nooks, such as balconies, patios, and courtyards. Photo by L. Garbačauksas.

Timber battens inside the main bathroom simulate the linear patterns of the external wooden shutters that surround the home. Photo by L. Garbačauksas.

On the ground floor is a timber-clad sauna adjacent to a monochromatically tiled and angularly ceilinged sit-down shower area. Photo by L. Garbačauksas.



About the author

Steve Napier is the founder and editor-in-chief of this website, Cardigan Row, which promotes inspirational projects, theories, and ideas from leading urban planners, architects, and interior designers across the globe.