Modern and Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius

Type: Museum
Status: Competition
Area: 5200 m²
Year: 2011
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Team: Andrė Baldišiūtė, Sabina Grincevičiūtė, Algimantas Neniškis, Milda Naujalytė


The new Modern Art Centre in Vilnius is proposed as extension of its riverside landscape with a sloping roof that becomes an active public terrace and amphitheatre. The dramatic angled building sits comfortably next to the National Gallery of Art and becomes and active icon in Vilnius’ constantly evolving new city skyline.
The building is foreseen as a filter between the city and the river – its open facades inviting people to pass through the site. The main internal space of the building contains its public functions and is oriented towards the river. Glazed facades draw panoramic river and city views inside. Other spaces in the building are designed to be multi-functional, thus reducing the overall size of the building and maximising its efficiency.
The primary facade of the building, its roof, faces the city across the river and becomes a venue for open-air exhibitions, concerts and other recreational activities. The rising roof frames a central courtyard, adding another multi-purpose open space that changes with the seasons throughout the year.
The proposal exhibits a strong relationship with the river, considers its appearance in the city’s skyline and engages with the neighbouring national gallery. The building successfully aspires to see and be seen.