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Design solution – How to live with the blues | Acoustic architecture

Design solution – How to live with the blues | Acoustic architecture

Its natural surroundings remain untouched…
a modern home nestled in a Lithuanian pine forest – that was built as a tribute to the
blues. “Hello, I’m Aidas. This is my wife, Ingrída. Nice to meet you and welcome to my blues house.” Aidas Kalinauskas, an architect, has lived
here with his family since 2014. The woods aren’t far from the city of Kuanas,
but far enough to blast the blues as loud as they want, anytime they want. It’s a house full of passion: “For the blues, romance and taking it easy. This isn’t just my blues music. Little by little, my wife has grown accustomed
to listening to the blues every day. I’ve taught her about it. It’s very important to us.” That’s apparent throughout the 170-square-meter
house. Its design is inspired by the music genre. Even the kitchen island is embellished with
old vinyl records. The center of the house is an open living
area spread across several floors. “This is the center, the heart of the home. It’s the room where we hang out together. We listen to music, watch TV or work in the
upper area. It was designed for good acoustics. That’s what the acoustic ceiling construction
and paneling are for.” The sound is as clear as it would be in a
concert hall. The integrated sound panels round off the
aesthetics and ensure optimal acoustics without interference. True to the open plan design, music accompanies
every family member as they go about their business, including when their son, Ignas,
visits. The musical atmosphere is controlled from
a single sound station. “So here is this central music station where
we can choose which room we want music to play and by pressing one or the other button
we can turn on and off music in sauna, in the terrace or in the living room.” Speakers are integrated in groups throughout
the house. So the bathroom and bedroom, for example,
are a single unit — acoustically speaking. “We spend most of the day with music. That’s no exception in this room. As you can see, we have speakers and music
equipment. We end the day with music, of course with
something slightly more relaxing. But music sends us off to sleep.” The family spent many years in the city. But they were looking for a place where they
could relax in tranquility and listen to the blues undisturbed. Once they found the land, the main question
was: How do you create a house that fits into its natural surroundings, and differs from
the building style typical of the area, but also pays homage to
the blues? “I’ve always listened to the blues. Even before the house was built, I’d come
here regularly, and the sound from the car radio felt really special here. The combination of birdsong and the blues
fit really well together. Then we took a family vacation by the sea,
listening to lots of blues music, and suddenly the idea came to me. I drew an outline of the house in the sand.” Their son Ignas is also an architect. He and his father drew up plans on the computer
before creating a 3D model. This kitchen island that swings out to the
terrace was Aidas’ idea. It bridges the home’s interior with the exterior,
which is also connected to music. “It’s a place where you connect with nature
and the building itself. In our architectural philosophy we talk about
it a lot, about this emotional connection that form between people and buildings and
this is the place for me where I really can sit and merge with the surroundings, with
natural materials, with music playing from the house, birds singing at the same time.” “Blues is really authentic music.” Every night in the forest near Kuanas they’re
singing the blues — inside and out.

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