Apartment house Gradaŝka designed by Sadar Vugais uses reflective facades to bring in the exterior and show the interior.
The 14.850 m3 project is an independent building subdivided into 12 different and individualised apartments and vertical lofts, which together form a unity that resembles the three-dimensional tetris. The vertical arrangement of these apartments is highlighted by the organisation of the living area, which is one-and-a-half or two storeys high. This displacement makes each unit different from the other eleven and produces a variety of apartments. The facade is made of three different materials: a stone face, which outlines individual apartments, a combination of reflective and transparent glass panels which either reflect the surrounding area into the apartment or reveal the interior of the apartment to the surrounding, and fibre glass.
The thin layer of the facade acts as a mediator, not only between the interior and the exterior, but also between the surroundings of the building and the micro-cosmos of the apartments inside the building. The different urban lifestyles of the interior are externalized through the glass surfaces, and the characteristics of the context are simultaneously projected onto the facade. What is reflected on the facade of the building is basically the same as the view from the interior.
There are no buffer spaces in this building; there is not even a garden. Instead, a direct and contradictory relationship between very private and very public spaces is established. Thin metal shades monitor the exposure of privacy to the urban landscape, creating specific atmosphere of 12 different interiors.