Hunting house in the Lithuanian forests is a shelter and a family home
Local Devyni architektai designed a Hunting house for family use deep in the Lithuanian forests. Located on a hill in the middle of the woods, the building works as a shelter for the family when they decide to spend the night with nature and animals. Though hunting seems savage and cruel for some, it is one of the most archaic pursuits that builds on the bind between humans and nature. Contrary to popular belief, hunters are the most nature-loving people, who contribute a lot to maintaining a healthy balance in animal population, and breath together with the forest and its residents.
The hunting house was built exactly for this reason to experience nature in its closest proximity, in a humble way. The 100 sqm, single-storied house relies on local resources on every level: the main construction material, timber, was supplied by the nearby forests, and the construction work itself was done by local carpenters and artisans.
This was possible because the building has the simplest layout and shape, which was an intentional step from the architects’ part. They wanted to avoid any complex design solutions that would make professional and expensive involvement necessary. The few decorative elements of the interior are symbols taken from Lithuanian folk art: animals, birds, sunrays adorn the minimal wooden cladding and furniture. The result is a cosy, modest structure that celebrates living next to and with nature in peaceful harmony.
Photos: Augis Narmontas
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