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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Images: Courtesy of Studio Libeskind