J. Papečkys Residential House in Kaunas

Address: Kauno m. sav., Kauno m., Vaižganto g. 23

The residential house designed by one of the most prominent interwar modernist authors represents a characteristic style of V. Landsbergis-Žemkalnis, connecting functionalist aesthetics with attention to classical details which he learnt during his studies in Italy. In this case, open red brickwork materiality and laconic forms were combined with thick window edges and decorative elements. As noted by interwar researchers J. Kančienė and J. Minkevičius, J. Papečkis house illustrates a then unusual structure of an individual house-cottage with “the hall as its centrepiece. These houses usually have four doors – on the backyard side, near the kitchen and the main one facing the street; preference is given to sliding partitions, wall closets, pantry cabinets and other equipment improving the household”.

Vaidas Petrulis