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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Vilnius Museum & Cultural Centre in Lithuania by Zaha Hadid Architects

December 17th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
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Our new museum and cultural centre emerges in contrast to a surrounding vertical skyline – seemingly defying gravity as it ‘floats’ above the ground, its long, curvilinear lines generating a building of enormous fluidity, velocity and lightness within which visitors may ‘experiment’ with the very notion of ‘gallery’.

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  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of project: Vilnius Museum & Cultural Centre
  • Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Period: 2007 – TBC
  • Client: City of Vilnius
  • Type: Competition / Research

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  • Area: 13000m2
  • Site Area: 98500m²
  • Footprint Area: 7800m²”
  • Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Thomas Vietzke, Jens Borstelmann
  • Project Team: Kristof Crolla, Julian Breinersdorfer, Melodie Leung, Claudia Wulf, David Seeland
  • Structural: AKT, Max Fordham and Partners (London, UK)
  • Cost / QS: SENSE
  • Media Concept: Checkpointmedia Multimediaproduktionen
  • Theatre: Anne Minors Performance Consultants

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Vilnius, European Capital of Culture for 2009, welcomes a new Zaha Hadid Architects creation – a museum and cultural centre in which visitors may experiment with notions of gallery, spatial complexity and movement.

The new building’s sculptural volume incorporates our characteristic conceptual elements, achieving great fluidity, velocity and lightness. Seeming to defy gravity it ‘floats’ above ground level, its curvilinear lines echoed through greatly elongated contours – a stark contrast to the vertical skyline presented by the Vilnius business district.

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Originally completed as a feasibility study for the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation and State Hermitage Museum, our design points towards a future architectural language, following a research trajectory which embraces the latest digital design technology and fabricated construction methods.

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