Science Island in Kaunas 

Type: Public
Status: International design contest
Area: 10 000m²
Year: 2016
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Team: Gilma Teodora Gylytė, Ignas Uogintas, Gerda Nevulytė, Dovilė Šeidukytė, Greta Varpučianskytė, Kasparas Žiliukas

Visualisations: Edvinas Skiestenis

Client: Kaunas City Municipality

 

Concept

The Museum rises from the waters of Kaunas and welcomes all to celebrate the hidden secrets of science. The generous and transparent atrium displays the daily life of the building as part of the museum exhibit. Its iconic shape creates a natural temptation to be there - always bustling with diversity of events, it encourages innovation and creativity, spreads warm and bright energy.

The vertical columns, the bold form and the arch trace iconic elements of Kaunas interwar architectural tradition and condensed entrance hall exposes the beautiful panorama and the special aura of the cape. The external museum display merges with the island and new paths rediscover the lost connection of the city and its shipping history. The Museum strengthens urban exploration and movement using more sustainable means of transport. The National Science Centre becomes a powerful natural landmark, which symbolises the rise of innovation and flourishing public life.