Concert Centre in Kaunas, Lithuania


Sponsor: City of Kaunas, Lithuania

Type: open, international, one-stage

Eligibility: Licensed Architects

Process: Three (3) finalists from the first stage will be asked to refine their designs for a final presentation to the client

Fee: none


6 September 2017 – Deadline for submissions


  • Jonas Audėjaitis, Kaunas Faculty Dean, Vilnius Academy of Arts, and Member of Kaunas City Council
  • Gražina Janulytė-Bernotienė, Architect
  • Gražinos Janulytės Bernotienės studija
  • Ingela Larsson, Partner, Architect, Henning Larsen Architects
  • Povilas Mačiulis, Vice Mayor, Kaunas City Municipality
  • Edgaras Neniškis, Architect, Arches
  • Modestas Pitrėnas, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of

the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

  • Daniel Rosbottom, Co-Director, DRDH Architects
  • Neill Woodger, Acoustics and Theatre Designer

The jury will be chaired by Malcolm Reading, Architect and Chairman, Malcolm Reading Consultants

Design challenge:

Selected as European Capital of Culture 2022, Kaunas is known for its lively arts and music scene; but the city – and Lithuania in general – does not have a first-rank concert hall with the acoustic quality that leading orchestras and ensembles expect today. Indeed, Kaunas lacks a substantial venue for all large public events, as well as a place for its growing business and academic communities to meet. The design is for a landmark building of circa 11,750 square metres, on a site close to the city’s heart and with memorable panoramas to its Old and New Towns.

The Concert Centre will comprise: a 1,500-seat Concert Hall of exceptional acoustic quality; a smaller, secondary hall; conferencing facilities; a restaurant, cafeÅL and bar; back-of-house and office spaces; and underground parking. The new building will sit within a public park, signalling that this is a place

for everyone.

The site for the project is on the south bank of the River Nemunas, and the Concert Centre will help to revitalise this under-developed area of Kaunas, acting as a catalyst for further regeneration and re-orientating the city towards the riverbank.

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