The architects in the Lithuanian town of Klaipėda designed a building with an Abstract silhouette by drawing their inspiration from the classic archetypes of gable roofed houses.

Project details

Reference object

Office and administration building Danes Gates, Klaipėda, Lithuania

Architect

Algimantas Kančas, Gustė Kančaitė, A. Kančas Studio

Client

EDP Group

Clay roof tile used

Koramic 301, wine-red glazed

Office and administration building Danes Gates, Klaipėda, Lithuania

Office and administration building Danes Gates, Klaipėda, Lithuania

Office and administration building Danes Gates, Klaipėda, Lithuania

Office and administration building Danes Gates, Klaipėda, Lithuania

Clay roof tiles as an eye-catcher

Wine-red glazed clay roof tiles make the roof and façade an eye-catcher. Since the 14th century, the River Dange has been the main transport artery of the Lithuanian harbour town of Klaipėda. At the time, warehouses and grain stores had to be erected close to the river by decree. The flourishing trade in wood and grain created a real construction boom in Klaipėda, particularly in the 18th century, and a few of the embankment buildings made mostly from brick or wood can still be seen to this day.

A monolithic form

The waterside zone, which is currently of interest to the town and private investors as regards urban development, is intended to invite locals and tourists alike to stay a while. The plan was to erect a modern multifunctional building between the old half-timbered houses. The clients’ specifications included executing the project using building materials that enable a simple, monolithic form. The development plan for the Old Town of Klaipėda also had a major influence on the design of the finished building on the banks of the Dange.
 
In addition, there was a height restriction to be considered and the design specification of a pitched roof and right-angled arrangement of the building to the river also had to be adhered to.
 
“Our idea was to design a copy of the traditional house, but in doing so use modern products and advanced technical solutions,” explain Algimantas Kančas and Guste Kančaite from architecture studio A. Kančas.

Cast from a single mould

The winners of the two-stage architecture competition opted for ceramic roof tiles, as these could be used not only to cover the pitched roof, but to clad the façade as well. With the aid of special roof tiles for the verge and thanks to the façade corner tiles, they were able to fulfil the wish for a building envelope that appeared to be cast from a single mould. With their shining surface and handy size, the clay roof tiles seem to blend for the observer into a scale-like texture which covers the entire house. Clay also played an important role in constructing the external walls out of perforated bricks. The winered Koramic roof tiles were also fastened to the walls with the aid of a profile system. The three-storey building with additional attic level will serve as an office and administration building upon completion.
 
The originally planned apartment hotel could not be implemented for financial reasons. The glass front of the ground floor, where the café and restaurant are located, can be fully opened up to create a seamless transition between the café and the terrace facing the river. The office space is accommodated on the first to third floors. A nightclub on the attic level completes the complex. Velux roof windows of various sizes let light into the establishment from all sides throughout the day and provide a nice view of the night sky in the later hours.

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