The Smilgu House is a contemporary residence located in Vilnius, Lithuania. It sits on a small plot surrounded by a forest. It was designed by Plazma Architecture Studio and it has a really cool and unusual feature: a glass garage that puts the car inside on display. The glass garage door comes in the continuation of a glazed ground floor section which extends into a double-height space at the center and then continues into the opposite direction on the upper floor. The exterior of the house is covered in vertical timber stripes which reference the long trunks of the trees all around the site.
The front section of the house is facing the street and is only partially open to the outdoorsThe plot is small and surrounded by tall trees which shelter it from other neighboring structuresThe exterior is clad in lots of thin strips of wood which reference the forestThe garage is part of the ground floor plan and is framed by glass doors and windows
The secluded nature of the site gives the house lots of privacy and separates it from all neighboring properties. That translates into an open design with lots of large windows and a strong connection to the immediate surrounding landscape. The wood cladding helps the house blend in with the wooded surroundings and by comparison, the interior is very bright and airy. At the center, there’s a large double-height living area with a view of the rear garden. There’s also a roof terrace above the kitchen and a large deck that serves as an extension for the dining area.
The interior of the garage can be seen from the outside and this space becomes one of the house’s focal pointsThe rear section of the house is a lot more open and has a large open deckThe deck extends along the side of the house and connects the social areas to the outdoorsThe double-height living area has a direct connection to the deck and a view of the gardenA modern sectional sits at the center of the living room and is complemented by a sculptural chandelierThe staircase doubles as a space divider and has a stylish and eye-catching design