Studio Libeskind just unveiled their latest design venture into the museum typology: the New Lithuanian Modern Art Center to be erected in Vilnius, Lithuania. The green-roofed building, dedicated to the works created by Lithuanian artists, was designed as two intertwined volumes clad in white concrete, with a large public piazza providing a connection to the historic medieval city which the museum aims to reference.
The architects drew inspiration from the historic gates of the city and the local architecture. Two volumes intertwine to create a form which flows between inside and outside, while a third volume was removed from the core of the building to form a courtyard. From here, visitors can use the “dramatic” staircase to reach a public planted-roof and sculpture garden that connect directly to the piazza at street-level.
Entering the museum from the north side, through a three-story glazed entrance, visitors are welcomed by a double-height lobby bathed in natural light. Open floor plans include 1,000 square meters of exhibition spaces for both permanent and temporary exhibitions. All the usual amenities are included-a cafe, bookstore, educational areas, auditorium and storage and office spaces.
“We wanted to create a museum for the people of Lithuania, and also give this collection a home and an international audience. This collection is about the cultural legacy of the country,” said founder Viktoras Butkus. “Libeskind’s work is expressive, innovative, and, most importantly, has the power to tell the story of the past while connecting to the future of the city,” added Butkus.