Studio Libeskind has won the international architectural competition for a mixed-use complex in the heart of Vilnius’s business district on Konstitucijos Avenue 18B. The competition was organized by the Vilnius Municipality, Lithuanian Union of Architects and Lords LB Asset Management. “We are thrilled to have the team at Studio Libeskind on-board for this ambitious and exciting project,” said Marius Žemaitis, Fund Manager at Lords LB Asset Management and developer of the project. “With more than EUR 40 million to be invested in the design and construction of the complex, Downtown Tower-k18B is set to become the anchor of the New City Center,” added Žemaitis.
The 20,000 sq. meter building complex is strategically located steps from the nexus of the White Bridge, Neris River and the Old Town. The mixed-use buildings will consist of office space, an upper scale hotel, dining, and public amenities. “The idea for the Downtown Tower-k18B is to create a 21st-century landmark for the city, while integrating the surrounding context to complement the urban fabric of the historic city,” said architect Daniel Libeskind. “The design will create a vibrant mixed-use complex that will invigorate and enliven the development of the,” added Libeskind.
The Downtown Tower-k18B is a harmonious progression of glass volumes that consists of a 18-storey tower, set atop a 6-storey podium that are connected by a luminous glass-covered galeria. The building’s ground floor hosts public facilities including a restaurant, bar and retail as well as hotel and office lobbies. The geometry creates a unique expression enriching the city skyline and improving its multi-dimensionality. The bold, sculptural design of this multi-faceted glass tower reflects the light, sky and surroundings with a play of transparent and opaque surfaces. Studio Libeskind is also designing the Modern Art Centre of Vilnius as well as a sports and wellness centre Vilnius Beacon in Liepkalnis, Vilnius. Source and images Courtesy of Studio Libeskind.
Article by Marco Rinaldi