Bridge House

Bridge House

Vilnius, Lithuania – ArchLAB Studio

Built Area:     187.0 m2
Year Built:     2018
Photographs:    Leonas Garbačauskas

Sandwiched between two pine forests and closely surrounded by nature is a modern structure called Bridge House. It’s just what the homeowner wanted – an idyllic retreat with a creek or small river running nearby. The water feature actually became a challenge because it divided the plot of land into two. However, it was a challenge well-accepted, and surpassed.

A wooden deck allows close communion with nature while listening to the sound of running water.
A wooden deck allows close communion with nature while listening to the sound of running water.

The owner wanted the house to “connect” with the natural environment. But how can something so modern fit right in? To do this, the architects minimized footprint, incorporating existing trees to the design of the house.

The house is divided into two: a larger volume as the main house, and a smaller one for guests. These are connected by a bridge – which explains the name of the house.

Large windows provide a close connection between the indoors and the outdoors.
Large windows provide a close connection between the indoors and the outdoors.

To create a close indoor-outdoor connection, large windows were used. These windows bring the outdoors into the home, creating a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere inside the Bridge House.

Notes from the Architect:

Expressive modern style house is designed in a lot surrounded by nature. Pine forests are on two sides of the lot. It was clients desire to find such an oasis in nature with a small river or creek, what became a specific task for Architects, because the flowing water divided the land into two parts.

The challenge was to incorporate the new house into an existing nature as much as possible. Design and concept consist of two main volumes: home of the owners and a small house for guests. These two parts are connected with an open bridge, which becomes the axis of assembly and face of the house. Existing trees were also involved in the design, they are passing through the roof of a building.

Large windows connect the interior and exterior spaces, what creates a cozy and calm atmosphere for residents and their guests. Much attention has been devoted to supplementing the design with subtle landscaping, open fireplace, and wooden terraces, where you can relax listening to the sound of water, enjoy a wonderful view. In the final result, the modern lines of the white house are even more prominent with a green natural environment.

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Here’s another home that’s closely connected to nature – the Edgeland House

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