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Vilnius Concert Hall

A central tension, perhaps even contradiction, for civic architecture is how to create buildings that are visually profound yet simultaneously comfortable and easy-to-navigate at the human scale.

  • Type Leisure
  • Location Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Size 10 0000 sqm
  • Year 2021
Vilnius Concert Hall
Concert Hall Main View

Concept

A central tension, perhaps even contradiction, for civic architecture is how to create buildings that are visually profound yet simultaneously comfortable and easy-to-navigate at the human scale. Large scale combined with complexity of function can sometimes produce an intimidating, at times bewildering, experience for users.

Vilnius Concert Hall
Central Agora
Vilnius Concert Hall
Foyer

Design

Our proposal tackles that tension decisively. By utilising separate, yet connected, volumes, we create the sense of an ‘old town quarter’, based around a central square or ‘Agora’. This generates exciting views at distance and on approach, whilst creating a relatable and dynamic experience within.

Vilnius Concert Hall
Model Photograph - The basic geometry of the four volumes is that of simple extrusions.

The building offers true diversity of potential experiences and journeys, with the range of options changing with every new installation, season and time of day.

Vilnius Concert Hall
All volumes share a roof path, which would offer different experiences at each of the roofs: a covered colonnade above the Grand Hall; a quiet garden above the Rotunda; a “balcony” of the open cinema above the Small Hall; and a rooftop restaurant at the top of the Rehearsal Volume, above the main restaurant.

A cultural landmark for Vilnius

This design allows for diverse and simultaneous activities and attractions throughout the day, and throughout the year. We envisage a tempered, ‘keyless’ Agora – a destination in its own right, into which people ‘spill out’ and ‘spill in’ to the surrounding grounds and the wider city on a 24/7 basis. This will increase the percentage of the population, and especially younger age groups, brought into contact with the core musical offering.

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