Architect Daniel Libeskind just unveiled renderings for a year-round recreational and leisure destination that’s designed in his signature dynamic and geometric style. Located at the highest point in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Beacon will serve as a multipurpose attraction at the base of Liepkalnis Ski Hill. The Beacon’s swooping form was inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and is a visual contrast between hard and soft geometries.
Created to help transform the city of Vilnius into a major center of the Baltic region, the Beacon boasts a dramatic design sited at the confluence of three major areas: the historic center, the business district, and the airport. The multipurpose destination will accommodate both winter and summer sports and offer additional recreational and cultural amenities for visitors of all ages and interests. The main three-story lodge will also include conference spaces and restaurants with stunning panoramic views of the city below.
Described by the designers as a “study in contrasting geometries,” the Beacon features a circular open arena plaza as its visual centerpiece. The two buildings that frame the arena are topped by sinuous, sloping rooflines and are sited at different elevations. The buildings and central plaza are tied together with a zigzagging canopy that provides a covered pathway and creates an eye-catching juxtaposition of shapes. Construction is slated to begin in 2015 and the project will be completed in 2016.