MODERN ART CENTER

ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION

Authors

R.Palekas, P.Išora, M.Šiupšinskas, A.Palekienė, B.Puzonas, L.Bagdonaitė

Type

Public

Area

5180 m2

Year

2011

PAVILIONS IN THE PARK

We understand the National Art Gallery and the Forum Palace building as cultural objects in the park, the ending of the perimeter structure of the right bank of the Neris River with Swedbank office building. “Pavilions in the park” is a valuable and continuous feature of this developing urban area.

VERTICALITY + HORIZONTALITY

The building’s silhouette is composed of superstructure + stylobate.

We see the Modern Art Center as horizontal and the lowest building in the river valley.

TOPOGRAPHY

We value the green slope as an integral part of the composition of the National Art Gallery, to which the intervention of the Modern Art Center building is undesirable.

RELATION BETWEEN THE MODERN ART CENTER AND THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY

We imagine the Modern Art Center and the National Art Gallery as two independent buildings.

Even though these two buildings share very similar content and can have some kind of similar architectural expression, the Modern Art Center should remain clearly recognizable as an independent subject.

ARCHITECTURE EXPRESSION OF THE MODERN ART CENTER

We design building volume as a laconic, clear and aesthetic element of urban design.

THE MODERN ART CENTER ACCESS

Entrance to the building can be reached from the upper terrace through the square in the small grove. We design the Modern Art Center square as articulated horizontal plane between trees.

MODERN ART CENTER SPACIAL COMPOSITION

There are three layers of coherent space overflowing from one layer to another in a „spiral“ scheme.

CITY FOYER

This is a special building space consisting of three river-facing terraces. Completely transparent, easily transformed, parts of the space can be separated by a sliding curtain. It is protected from direct light by the upper volume console and therefore suitable for exhibitions.

EXPOSITION HALLS

The temporary expositions hall is a single space in the basement with changing ceiling height corresponding to the floor decay of the entrance floor.  The permanent exposition hall is a large, solid space, covered with structural construction.

MODERN ART CENTER MATERIALITY

For façade, including roof and interior plane, there can be used glassy material – polished steel or other finishing. The square and the building base could be the extension of the existing environment of the parter.