Design for a New Lithuanian Modern Art Center by Daniel Libeskind

New Lithuanian Modern Art Center

New Lithuanian Modern Art Center
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Viktoras Butkus and Danguole Butkiene, co-founders of the non-profit Modern Art Center (MAC) Vilnius, along with Mayor Remigijus Simasius, announce the design of a new modernist museum by Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind. Surrounded by a new public piazza located steps away from the historic medieval city, the 3,100 sq- meters museum stands as an expression of Vilnius past and present.

New Lithuanian Modern Art Center
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The building of the Modern Art Center is conceived as a cultural “gateway” connecting the 18th century grid to the medieval walled city. The concept is inspired by the historic gates of the city and references the local architecture both in form and materials. Two volumetric forms intertwine to create a structure that flows between inside and outside. The rectilinear exterior façade is clad in luminous, crisp white concrete that references the local materials of the city.

New Lithuanian Modern Art Center
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The interior courtyard cuts through the entire form and features a dramatic staircase that leads to a public planted-roof and sculpture garden that connect directly to the piazza at street-level. The extraction of the geometric volume at the core of the structure allowed the architects to open-up the entire building, creating floor-to-ceiling glazing that will flood the interior galleries with natural light.

New Lithuanian Modern Art Center
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The southern facing exposures will be regulated by a five-meter cantilever that will provide natural shade during the warmest summer months. As visitors approach from the north, they enter though a three-story (10 meter tall) glazed entrance into a double-height, sunlight filled lobby.

New Lithuanian Modern Art Center
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The galleries are connected by means of an open floor plan that will  include  1,000  sq.  meters  of  exhibition  space  dedicated  to  both  permanent  and  temporary exhibitions. The  museum will  include  a  café, bookstore, educational  areas, auditorium,  as  well  as storage and administrative space. Construction is set to begin in 2017 and completion slated for early 2019. Source by Studio Libeskind.

New Lithuanian Modern Art Center
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Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Architects: Studio Libeskind
Architect of Record: Do Architects
Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Plumbing Engineer: Baltic Engineers
Client: Modern Art Center Vilnius (MMC)
Status: in design
Total Floor Area: 3100 sq.m.
Year: 2015
Images: Courtesy of Studio Libeskind

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