This thoughtful renovation of a former homestead by Lithuanian studio Arches seeks to retain a traditional architectural silhouette while adapting to the comforts of a contemporary lifestyle. Wrapped in sustainable, reliable cedar wood from which the home takes its name, Cedar House integrates itself into the landscape without any need to dominate it. It is composed of two volumes, the main residence and the storehouse, connected by a stone rubble pavement that meanders through a manicured lawn.
The main house’s lower half is fitted with glass windows and doors, constantly framing the picturesque valley views and letting natural light trickle into the space throughout the day. A cut on the upper volume was created to accommodate a terrace, adding a touch of elegance to its silhouette. The storehouse is more robust, its glazings hidden behind sliding cedar-clad window and door frames. The interiors are kept tastefully minimalist: subtle, contemporary furnishings against a clean palette of white walls and clear wood. “The architecture invites us to feel, see, hear, smell and touch the beauty and greatness of nature,” the studio says about the project.