Fishermen have been living in Smilčių and Žvejų Streets for a long time, and the scent of smoked fish has been attracting holidaymakers from every corner of this resort in here. The land plot is surrounded by colorful homesteads with cozy courtyards and the sea just nearby.
In this design, we attempt to integrate our object, the Villas of Sands, into the environment as much as possible, while also retaining the key spatial logic: small volumes, separate courtyard spaces and conformity with the nature of materials. The composition structure was preconditioned by the function of the complex and urban rhythm of the street (the development of the Smilčių Stret is being formed by the homestead morphotype buildings, though on some sites the development more close to urban villas appears).
Holidaymakers present on the complex are provided with a possibility to stay in a private space (courtyards, separate terraces). They have no difficulty in identification of their residential block, as four separate volumes are recognizable by “their own” different materials. These materials are common for the seaside architecture: cement scale-like plates (resembling roofing of the old houses in Klaipeda), rusty metal (rusty ships, constant seaside erosion), clinker (seaside homesteads, sand) and wood (fishermen homesteads, boats).
The rhythm of separate volumes is also stressed by landscape forms: green courtyards are separated from one another by strips paved with small pebbles extending each structure’s volume on the ground. But the design also offers a communication possibility – by passing a glazed lounge and entering the common courtyard on the western side of the site, where guests can spend their nights and allow children to play. The complex has a common breakfast-entertainment hall and baths’ complex with their own courtyard foreseen.
Status: guest house
Site: Palanga (LT)
Date: 2006 – 2009
Site area: 1 401.00 kv.m
Total floor area: 1 471.00 kv.m