DEREK PIROZZI DESIGN WORKSHOP LLC
M.K. CIURLIONIS CONCERT CENTRE
THE LUNGS OF A CITY
RESULTS : HONORABLE MENTION WIN
LOCATION : KAUNAS, LITHUANIA
COLLABORATING TEAMS : WILLIAM ANTOZZI OFFICE FOR ARCHITECTURE (ARCH - US), TARI ARCHITECTS (ARCH - IT), PRESENCE LAB (VENUE DESIGN - US), OVS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (LANDSCAPE - US), ATELIER TEN (SUSTAINABILITY - US) , BURO HAPPOLD (ENGINEERING - US)
PROJECT TEAM : WILLIAM OLMSTED ANTOZZI, DEREK PIROZZI, MARCO TANZILLI, CLAUDIA RICCIARDI, MATTEO TANZILLI, VALENTINA SCIACCA, CHRIS WEAVER, RACHAEL DIPPEL, LUKE KEENE.
CONSULTANT TEAM : ALBAN BASSUET (PRESENCE LAB), SHANTA TUCKER, JUNKO NAKAGAWA (ATELIER TEN), LISA DELPLACE, COREY MANNO (OVS), CRAIG SCHWITTER AND JOSEF TAYLOR (BURO HAPPOLD)
CLIENT : CITY OF KAUNAS
TOTAL AREA : CIRCA 11,750 SQM PROGRAM + 11,900 SQM EXTERNAL AREAS
YEAR : 2017
The life and legacy of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis entwined with the Lithuanian culture and people of the past through today are the foundation of what is to become the Kaunas M.K. Ciurlionis Concert Centre. As the new lungs of the city, the centre will sit lightly on the banks of the Nemunas River. Falling within the view shed of Old Town Kaunas, the site will be an integral part of the urban fabric.
A place for everyone, the Centre will be the point where community and culture perform a harmonious marriage. Connecting to the left bank, science island and the surrounding districts, the Cultural Center will be known as the place where the city breaths. A place of knowledge and ideas, Kaunas’s Concert Center will inspire throughout Europe of what it means to live in the Baltic State.
Moments sprinkle through the site as small reflections of M.K. Ciulionis’s creations. Light falling over landscapes mimic the paintings and move in the rhythms of his work.
The tactile expression of centre will be in the local materials of the region, used to form the bond between the past and the present of Kaunas, linking between them the M.K. Ciurlionis Concert Centre as the cultural epicenter.
The plan celebrates public open space, including cycle paths, multi-use paths, river-edge boardwalks, recreational and performance open space overlaid with sound conservation solutions that preserve, rehabilitate and restore local environs. Cascading topography highlighted by terrestrial wet meadows, emergent and aquatic plants embrace the flood plain allowing the site to be responsive to the natural fluctuation of the river.
The journey through the landscape is both meandering and experiential, serving both as a vital contributor to the local ecology and a substantial public and civic landscape aimed at maximizing human connectivity with ecological systems and each other, fostering a shared experience.
The main auditorium folds inward the poetic connections to the culture and city of Kaunas. The ship bows slide into the perimeter of the room framing the alcoves of the balconies. Light wells at the far end of the auditorium emulate the glowing light so fondly found in the paintings of M.K. Ciulionis, bending in and around to the viewer as you enter.
The Kaunas M.K. Ciurlionis Concert Centre is to be an exemplar of sustainability. Sustainable strategies have been identified in three key zones of the master plan which are also elaborated in the landscape design itself. The centre will be a global leader in the reduction of the human carbon footprint both visually and statistically.
Kaunas City Municipality and competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants today [28 September 2017] announced the three finalists in the open anonymous design contest for the new circa €30m Kaunas M.K. Čiurlionis Concert Centre.
Following the jury’s selection of the three finalist schemes for this landmark building of circa 11,750 sq m, the architects’ names – contained in sealed envelopes – were opened this morning by the Competition Director Malcolm Reading at a press conference in Kaunas. Mr Reading read out the names of the 117 practices in order of competition ranking.
Selected as European Capital of Culture 2022, Kaunas is becoming increasingly known as one of the Baltics’ key knowledge and cultural hubs. However, despite a lively arts and music scene, Kaunas – and Lithuania – lacks a first-rank concert hall with the facilities and acoustic quality to host leading orchestras and ensembles.
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