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Vilnius Concert Hall in Lithuania by IATBW Architects

Group of Middle Eastern architects collaborate on concert hall project in Lithuania Known as the International Architecture Team for Better World, the group of architects has revealed its design for the Vilnius Concert Hall.

IATBW (International Architecture Team for Better World) are a group of middle-eastern architects, from three different continents (Africa, Asia and Europe), joined together with a holistic vision of exploiting their multidisciplinary experience in enhancing people’s life around all over the world. 

Project description by the architects:

An inspiring, intriguing and iconic building representing the European culture, this is the main issue of our Vilnius Concert Hall design proposal, where the proposed vision should provide a unique addition to the city besides fulfilling the international standards for concert halls.

Vilnius Concert Hall in Lithuania by IATBW Architectsimage © IATBW

There is always a linkage between architecture and music, both deal with human emotions and feelings, in fact, most of the architects and musicians recognized this for a long time ago.

The concept of the work depends on the idea of diversity, the existence of old Vilnius city center besides the contemporary one, the traditional prestigious past which generates the Lithuanian present and future.

maquette of the cultural concert house image © IATBW

rendering image of concert hallimage © IATBW

By noticing such diversity, this led us to the revival phenomenon. In order to overcome your past, you should firstly accept it, learn from it, and make advantage of it as a new starting point towards the future.

national concert hall building image © IATBW

The above principles were the base for our form conceptual design, where a welcoming platform exists above the given construction area, this platform embraces the two cuboids, the grand concert hall and the minor multipurpose hall respectively. The two halls are obvious, clear and visible from outside to the visitor and even from Neris River and beyond, that is to say, there is no need to hide the identity of the two halls, as the building is clearly expressing its own function.

night view of the building image © IATBW

The grand concert hall is a rigid, firm and tough form, moreover, its orientation is towards the northern side, towards Lukiškės Square. Its plan and proportions are derived from the former union building. This hall represents the dignity of the past and Lithuanian culture, that’s why it inherited the principles of the former union, with similar planning; the center and the two wings. In addition, it is designed to be the main icon of Vilnius, due to its simplicity, orientation and pure form. This is also reflected in the interior design, where a simplified dignified classical design theme is adopted, with luxurious seats and wooden cladding for interior walls.

interior of the project image © IATBW

The minor multipurpose hall represents the emergent side of Lithuania, the promising future which depends on the Lithuanian traditional principles. For that reason, its orientation is inclined apart from the planning orthogonal grid of the whole building. Moreover, the interior design also reflects this vision with a contemporary design.

theater image © IATBW

a man playing piano in a theatre image © IATBW

In addition to hosting the two halls, the platform provides a public space for visitors via an enjoyable path starting from the surrounding landscape of Taurus Hill, and even from the bus station itself. The target here is to provide a panoramic view for the city of Vilnius.

the concert hall image © IATBW

architectural model of the project image © IATBW

The landscape design was influenced by site constraints, due to the site characteristics, especially being placed above Taurus hill. The design of landscape depended on preserving and emphasizing landscape tectonics, because both the building and its surroundings should be homogenous with each other, in other words, all components are complementing each other. The tectonics are spreading along Taurus hill, then it forms the podium platform and the iconic entrance.

maquette of the building image © IATBW

The entrance is meant to be eye-catching as a destination for the project, besides, there is no need to fake a form or to hide the real function of the project; that is why the two halls are obvious above the platform. The minor hall's form is slightly adapted to the inclinations of the podium tectonics, whereas the main hall is maintaining its solid dignified form, controlling Taurus hill, and monitoring Vilnius city.

architectural section details image © IATBW

The grand concert hall has a total seating capacity of 1674 seats, including 150 choir seats. The platform itself is large enough to accommodate a full symphony orchestra of 100 musicians, with the option for choral seating behind this. The platform formed of a series of adjustable risers to allow for a greater flexibility in the correct staging of events. The hall provides suitable clarity, acoustical intimacy, spaciousness, loudness and reverberance. For acoustic flexibility, a variable absorption system (VABS) is provided.

The multipurpose hall is a smaller second auditorium that has a total seating capacity of 500 seats to present a wide spectrum of events. The space acts as a springboard to the main space and potentially as a part of an education program.

provide the ability to present local artists and work, and able to accept and correctly present a wide range of events. The venue switches between multiple configurations in just minutes with independent row/lift technology with essential flexibility.

basement floor planBasement Floor Plan

ground floor planGround Floor Plan 

First Floor PlanFirst Floor Plan

Typical Floor PlanTypical Floor Plan

plans distributionarchitectural layoutLayout

structural details Structural detail

Section A-ASections

main elevation Main Elevation

concert hall details in plan

multipurpose hall image © IATBW

concept drawing image © IATBW

site plan image © IATBW

portrait image of IATBW architects team IATBW Team 


Project Name: Vilnius Concert Hall Competition

Project Team Names: Ahmed Abobakr (Egypt), Aida Chalak (Iran), Ali Khaled Elewa (Egypt), Eslam Nabil Wahba (Egypt), Eslam Tolba (Egypt), Johaina Kalloush (Syria), Mattia Bellisario (Italy), Mohamed Eldaidamony (Egypt), Mostafa Zakaria (Egypt), Motaz Mostafa (Egypt), Omar Elgebely (Egypt), Pellegrini Cristian (Italy), Sherif Khaled (Egypt).

Location: Taurus Hill, Vilnius, Lithuania

Category: Cultural architecture, Theatres and Performance, Concert House

Area: Total ground area of Vilnius Concert Hall about 17,000 m²

Year: 2019

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