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Vilnius signs EUR 7 mln national concert hall design contract with Spanish architects

BC, Vilnius, 26.11.2020.Print version
Vilnius has signed a 7-million-euro contract with Spain's Arquivio Architects for designing Lithuania's new National Concert Hall on the capital's Tauras Hill, the municipality said on November 26th, cites LETA/BNS.

Photo: vilnius.lt

"Paradoxically, we are signing such an important agreement for Vilnius at a time when concert halls' activities have been suspended almost all over the world," Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius said in a press release.  


"But I believe the situation will soon change, and we will use this 'musical interlude' to prepare a solid design, and eventually the day will come when Vilnius will host world-scale cultural events," he added. 


The team of ten architects, the winner of the international design contest, has partnered with Cloud Architektai, an architecture studio that has extensive design experience in Lithuania, for the project, the municipality said. 


The cost of designing services includes an acoustic project to be carried out by Japan's Nagata Acoustics.


The complex with a total area of up to 18,000 square meters will be built on the site of the now-demolished Palace of Trade Unions on the Tauras Hill, next to a park and the Lutheran Garden. 


It is planned that the complex's great concert hall will accommodate up to 1,700 people and will be suitable both for classical (symphonic and chamber) music concerts and for other genres thanks to its variable natural acoustics. 


The complex will also have two smaller halls for various performances, exhibitions, events, educational activities, and a hall for rehearsals by the resident orchestra. 


The complex will also house a restaurant and a book store, and its terraces and roofs will offer a panoramic view of the capital.


The technical project is expected to be completed in early 2022. 






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