Spanish design bureau
Arquivio Architects won the competition for the projects of the national concert hall. The international competition was supported by the International Union of Architects and initiated by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and the Lithuanian Union of Architects. The winning project was selected from approximately 250 applications from all over the world.
An international jury led by Norwegian Ole Gustavsen (chairman and delegate of the IUA) noted that “the three-volume design and new plaza provide a clear and well-adjusted intermediate level of detail between the city and the interior.” Sounds very convincing.
The jury also added that the winning bid offered a communications and acoustic solution that could meet the requirements for an open, multi-functional center that includes a first-class classical music venue where the orchestra will feel right at home.
The second prize was shared by the French Laurent Gravier and Sara Martin Camara, the third went to the Lithuanian studio UAB PALEKO ARCHSTUDIJA… The Honorable Mention was given to the Australian Smar Architecture.
Three winners were invited to the awards ceremony, where they received 60, 40 and 20 thousand euros, respectively. The Minister of Culture of Lithuania, speaking at the ceremony, congratulated the winners and added that he would very much like to see the national concert hall as “a hospitable place open to everyone, a place of harmony for people of different generations, views and tastes, uniting Lithuanian citizens in a single creative space – a real House of Nations “.
All 248 architectural ideas of the National Hall are on display in Vilnius until October 13. The start of construction is scheduled for 2021. You can see the winning projects in the gallery below: