Apartment flat in Vilnius Old Town

Project type: Interior
Status: Built
Area: 121 m²
Year: 2011
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Team: Laura Malcaitė, Dmitrij Kudin, Linas Lapinskas
Photographs: Dmitrij Kudin, Laura Malcaitė


Usual things may also be subject to change. The past is changing into the present. To create a space for a family to feel themselves in a usual familiar environment though capable of assimilating realities of the present-day:
relics from past travels, movements, dreams. Not just enforcing but facilitating or, rather, encouraging to breathe freely was the starting point of this project.
On the other hand, this is a dialogue between the past and the present, between the Old Town heritage and the dynamic, multi-dimensional mode of modern life, where closed forms give way to improvisation favouring different vectors. While moving around this home the horizontal spaces are constantly transforming into the vertical ones, acquiring the asymmetrical virtue and an ability to move aslant. The lighting also features asymmetry with an accent on concentration of light in certain areas, here stressing the light linearity, and there making use of dissipated pinpoint light.
This asymmetry makes the flat specifically recognisable just as if it were a human face. An essential characteristic of a modern way of life, the asymmetry brings about the feeling of identity and mean incompleteness, changeability.
This “non finito” idea is further embodied in the bathroom/dressing room space on the attic floor. It is visually elongated, “terminating” with a modern icon, a window facing something outside...
A certain sterility pertaining to the spaces within the flat, their puristic aesthetics is not a goal per se, neither is it an endpoint.
It provides adequate room for new things, dust, cosy details to settle down, filling these spaces with life. A number of meaningful injections like some textual hints at the contents of the next paragraph, yet unwritten though already integrated into the sentence, are manifest.
The floor of the flat has been “infected” with the good Old Town bacilli effecting noble ageing process. In the course of time the white-painted parquet floor will reveal small cracks and the spruce texture. As if it were with a living organism, the floor will change concurrently with the environment and the inhabitants within. A small hall accommodating Scandinavian ethnographic textiles will invite for cosy get-togethers, attracting attention to what is around, while zoomorphic figures on the window-sills will jealously wait for their turn to be talked to.