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Located on a site of polemical charge, where the Lietuva Cinema Theater currently sits, the competition finds itself in a precarious historical moment—at once announcing the inevitable destruction of a historical Modern building, but also a building whose legacy is rooted in its affiliation with the Soviet presence which dominated Lithuania for so many decades after the Second World War. The mission to assign new programs to the site –the combination of administrative offices and a world-class museum– is also a significant materialization of the shift in the cultural values of our time. 

The project registers the presence of free-market forces in their ability to fund cultural venues on the one hand, but it also underlines the idea that once culture is not promoted from the position of governmental centrality, then the nature of institutions will tend to change, bringing two apparently different programs into a productive dialogue with each other. For this reason, our proposal is rooted in a fascination of how to merge these two building programs, not so much side by side in their differences, but moreover encrypted in each other, and interlocked in a meaning embrace. This requires the understanding of how a hybrid building can be developed as a new form of invention, but also, how each program –both the workplace and the museum—can benefit from this transformation on their own terms.

Principal in Charge: Nader Tehrani
Design Principals: Nader Tehrani
Project Manager: Arthur Chang
Project Team: Myles McCaulay, Parke MacDowell, Amin Tadj, Wesley Hiatt, David Richmond, Peter Sprowls, Katherine Faulkner

Urbonas Studio:
Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Martynas Pilvelis

Cristina Parreño Architects:
Cristina Parreño Alonso

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