daniel libeskind unveils design for lithuania's modern art center in vilnius daniel libeskind unveils design for lithuania's modern art center in vilnius
nov 23, 2015

daniel libeskind unveils design for lithuania's modern art center in vilnius

daniel libeskind unveils design for lithuania’s modern art center in vilnius
all images © studio libeskind

 

 

 

renowned architect daniel libeskind has unveiled the design of lithuania’s modern art center (MAC) in vilnius. surrounded by a new public plaza located steps away from the medieval town, the 3,100 square meter museum has been conceived as an expression of the city, both past and present. the museum will be dedicated to the exploration of works created from 1960 to the present day, exclusively by lithuanian artists. the project was announced by viktoras butkus and danguole butkiene, co-founders of the non-profit institution, and remigijus simasius, the mayor of vilnius.

daniel libeskind modern art center mac vilnius lithuania designboom
the scheme connects the 18th century grid to the medieval walled town

 

 

 

the modern art center not only creates a home for this extraordinary collection, but the design connects the galleries to the street and the urban fabric—giving the citizens of vilnius a new cultural center infused with public space,’ explained architect daniel libeskind.

 

the building is imagined as a cultural gateway, connecting the 18th century grid to the medieval walled town. the concept references the historic gates of the city and references vernacular architecture through both form and materials.

daniel libeskind modern art center mac vilnius lithuania designboom
the rectilinear external façade is clad in luminous white concrete

 

 

 

two volumetric forms intertwine to create a structure that flows between inside and out. the rectilinear external façade is clad in luminous, crisp white concrete that sources local materials used in 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 connects directly to the plaza at street-level.

daniel libeskind modern art center mac vilnius lithuania designboom
a dramatic staircase leads to a public planted-roof and sculpture garden

 

 

 

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 floods the interior galleries with natural light. the southern facing exposures are regulated by a five-meter cantilever that provides natural shade during warmer summer months.

daniel libeskind modern art center mac vilnius lithuania designboom
the open floor plan includes 1,000 square meters of exhibition space

 

 

 

as visitors approach from the north, they enter though a 10 meter-tall glazed entrance into a double-height, sunlight filled lobby. the galleries are connected by means of an open floor plan that includes 1,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

daniel libeskind modern art center mac vilnius lithuania designboom
construction is set to begin in 2017, with completion slated for early 2019

 

 

 

we wanted to create a museum for the people of lithuania, and also give this collection a home and an international audience. this collection is about the cultural legacy of the country,’ said MAC founder viktoras butkus. ‘libeskind’s work is expressive, innovative, and, most importantly, has the power to tell the story of the past while connecting to the future of the city.’

 

MAC will also include a café, a bookstore, various educational areas, an auditorium, as well as storage and administrative space. construction is set to begin in 2017, with completion slated for early 2019.

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news