Šilta Šiauré covers a block of holiday apartments in charred wood

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Lithuanian firm Šilta Šiauré has completed a block of four holiday apartments in the seaside town of Palanga, which was shortlisted in the residential renaissance category of the Dezeen Awards 2021.


After finding the remains of a burning fishing hut at the site, the Svencioneliai-based company took its traditional form for the new design, which includes a mansard thatched roof and charred wood cladding. with reference to the fate of the old building.

Above: The architectural firm Šilta Šiauré drew inspiration from traditional shapes when constructing the holiday apartments. Above: a skylight punctuates the thatched roof

Located near a campsite, the 83-square-meter building is divided into four compact accommodation units, operated by leisure company Jūra Spot, and can accommodate up to 12 people.

“The foundations of the hut tell stories about the historic fisherman’s house, and the locals found an old photo of the hut which has become our inspiration,” said the practice.

Jūra Spot Apartments have individual doors and shared terraces
The practice has coated the structures with charred wood

“One of the main design goals was to restore the house in a subtly contemporary way, without losing the unique spirit of the village,” he said.

“It feels old and rustic from afar and transforms into a new contemporary building the closer you get.”

Named after the cardinal points – the four main directions of the compass – each of the four apartments has its own individual access door, as well as a section of an outdoor wooden deck with seating that surrounds the perimeter.

A kitchenette, bathroom, small dining area, and living and sleeping area with a sofa bed have been provided for each apartment, with the slightly larger apartments at the east and west ends of the block featuring sleeping areas on the mezzanine.

The interior of Jūra Spot was painted white
Steep steps lead to a mezzanine sleeping area

Accessed by small wooden stairs, the beds in these upper spaces are nestled in the projecting skylights, one of which extends outward to create a covered porch on the decking below.

“The aim was to design bright and comfortable apartments, sized close to the campers in the area and able to accommodate as many guests as possible,” the studio said.

“Confidentiality was one of the design requirements and challenges for our clients. Therefore, each of the apartments has an individual entrance and a terrace. “

A bed has been placed in a skylight in Jūra Spot
Windows run the width and height of the skylight

Inside, the apartments contrast this dark exterior with white painted wood plank walls and white ceilings, with floors finished in herringbone paving.

Other projects nominated in the residential renaissance category at this year’s Dezeen Awards include Terracotta House by Austin Maynard Architects and Steel Craft House by Zecc Architecten.

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