Modest landmark that does not compete with the hill cautiously compliments it
VILNIUS NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
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VILNIUS NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
Architecture, being a bridge between art and technology, is the lodestar for the society. The National Concert Hall gains more importance once again with its function, connection, and integration to the city layout of Vilnius. Located on the top of the Tauras Hill, the building becomes a landmark for both city center and old town. Furthermore it becomes a part of a multifunctional open space. This is where the diversity of the architectural project begins...
The context of the National Concert Hall involves to contradictory situations: The inevitable necessity of the concert hall building to be an iconic landmark, being on a hill visible from all over the city and the fact that the Tauras Hill on which it stands is not just an ordinary hill, but a historically important land preserved to its slightest slope.
The aim is to design a sober, modest landmark that will not compete with the hill. This sobriety of the designed volume cautiously compliments the hill. Carefully integrated into the existing environment, the concert hall is characterized by a distinctive typology which gives this area an enhanced contemporary public character.
Vilnius City Municipality
Süveyda BAYRAKTAR ATAGÜR
THE PERFORMANCE IN THE CITY
The main aim is to create a concert center that integrates with the city and also dominates it spatially and perceptually.
The competition site is characterized by historical urban fabric, natural environment and contemporary urban development. The concert center serves as an intermediary among all these elements.
Protecting the existing traces, observing the public memory of the project area and the user’s usage habits are adopted as an urban design principle. Currently there are different connections to the building via foot, bicycle and vehicles.
The strong presence indicated by reference landscape elements, reinforces the identity of the region as a public space.
The objective of the National Concert Hall in Vilnius Architectural Competition is to create a building full of sound, which can unite and educate people, being a world-famous place where European culture is created. To give a building such a great responsibility that will support the city’s vision, requires the analysis of general urban development and spatial-strategic planning concepts.
Concert Halls have the power to be the catalys of urban change. On this scale, architecture can contribute to an urban identitiy, bring the urban fabric together and even trigger social transformation. The proposed building is based on a design approach that supports the new plan decisions that are being worked in accordance with the current regional plan decisions of the city. In this respect, the building is intended to assume the role of strategic object mentioned in regional plan decisions. In this manner, it is aimed to revive this part of this city and to compete with other European cities with a specialized identity.
An Arc that highly responds to the visitors’ reflex of ‘being on top of the hill’