Sestakauskas Residence (2003-2004) – This project was
for a window manufacturer in Vilnius who wanted a house
designed with sustainable products and low-energy
heating systems in mind.  The residence is located on a
heavily wooded site on the edge of a national forest. The
best views were to the north and east, which led me to
anchor the building on the southwest corner of the lot with
the living room and library wings opening up to the pine
and fir woodland.  The dining room acts as the fulcrum of
this design, part of a two-story brick core around which the
house pivots.  Upstairs there are three bedrooms.  The
footprint is approximately 180  square meters (1800
square feet) with an additional 100 square meters (1000
square feet) for the bedrooms above.  The house is
masonry construction with a combination of klinker brick
and parged walls.  The windows are super-insulated to
retain heat.  The hot-water radiant heating system is
powered by a wood burning furnace which uses pulp logs
made from the byproducts of the window manufacturing
operation. Sustainable wood was used throughout the
house.  A grey water system reuses the waste water for
the irrigation system.

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Sestakauskas Residence