Valley villa near Vilnius sees Kebony make the most of the scenery

7 November 2016

An eco-friendly villa built outside the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, has put Kebony wood to good effect in a contemporary design that complements the local hillsides and pine tree scenery.

Architectural firm Arches said it chose the modified wood material not only for its aesthetic quality but also its hardwearing and environmentally sustainable qualities. The villa was built with irregular pitched roofs characteristic of the neighbouring surroundings and clad in 650 square metres of Kebony.

The clean, angular design creates a minimalist exterior with Kebony as the prime material contrasting against the black slate at the building’s base, the firm said. Architect, Arūnas Liola, aimed to design a structure that is both ecologically friendly and striking in appearance, interweaving natural materials with a bold sculptural form.

The firm has frequently chosen to work with Kebony due to the fact that it is a natural material but with the resistance to stand up to testing conditions far better than softwood. The quality of the wood, and through the skills of an exceptional carpenter, meant the timber could be sculpted and worked with easily for this particular project.

Kebony requires no additional treatment even when used as an external cladding, the material simply develops a silver-grey patina which will allow the house to adapt naturally to its surroundings over a period of time.

Liola, said: “Every time we use Kebony we learn more and more about its creative capabilities, the possibilities are endless. It is the perfect sustainable, natural and multi-purpose material for our designs, always providing an impressive final product with a striking and natural appearance.”

Gytis Korzinskas of HOTA, Kebony’s distributor in the Baltics added: “This is a remarkable project and it has been fascinating to see how such a modern architectural triumph has integrated itself beautifully into its surroundings. We at Kebony are so pleased to have been involved in such a project, and look forward to seeing what the team at Arches can design next.”