– New construction, refurbishment and interior design for an office and retail building ensemble in Kaunas, Lithuania
– Combination of different eras and architectural styles of the individual buildings to form a new whole
– Superstructure of existing and new buildings with an elongated, connecting roof pavilion as well as a green roof terrace over the entire length of the complex
– Redesign of interconnected interior spaces with expansive lobbies, art galleries and open workspaces
– Winner of numerous design and
architectural awards since completion
BUILDINGS AND FACADES IN THE INTERNATIONAL STYLE OF THE EARLY 60S
3deluxe transformed a historic inner-city area in Kaunas, Lithuania, which included the redesign of a public square as well as the new construction and refurbishment of several buildings of an office and retail complex. The result was an exciting juxtaposition of different architectural understandings from several eras that characterize the city.
Hence, for example, the new corner building is an homage to Lithuania’s Art Deco heritage. With its rounded and organically shaped glass fronts and the elongated façade, the corner building is quite captivating thanks to its elegant simplicity and flowing forms. Here, the coming together of old and new building cultures is celebrated rather than concealed. Extensive glazing and unfussy design meet detailed window frontage featuring applied decoration inspired by the façades of the neighboring historical buildings.
The central new-build block reflects the city’s Bauhaus tradition and forges a clear link to the now modernized dual ensemble that so epitomizes the International Style of the early 1960s. The redesign of the façade picks up on the aesthetic simplicity to be found in this Baltic testimony to mid-century Modern, with a pronounced Cubist design vocabulary and clear lines.
An elongated roof pavilion covers both the newly built and the renovated structures and thus melds different styles to create a new whole.
The roof pavilion incorporates a roof terrace that stretches the entire length of the complex – a green oasis offering a magnificent view of the whole city.
The stylistic connection between all five buildings is their uniform, white-rendered façade, which enables all the buildings to merge into one radiant unit.
The redesign of the interiors likewise emphasizes the idea of connection, since all the buildings are linked internally. Extensive lobbies, atriums and open workspaces permit straightforward communication as well as concentrated and creative work. Meanwhile, shops, cafés and restaurants inject further life into this modern, agile world of work and the lively, urban leisure society.
The building ensemble is integrated into a previously largely unused square in Lithuania, which was also redesigned by 3deluxe into the lively "V-Plaza". With its surrounding historic buildings, a new, inviting public space has been created there, where people can relax and drink coffee during their lunch break, work in the open air, where children play with water, young people skate and students lie in the sun...
This is certainly the new now in Kaunas, a city in Lithuania which, with the help of 3deluxe, has brought to life a future-oriented architectural concept that sets new impulses and is geared towards the communicative needs of a young and dynamic generation.
The history-steeped “Unity Square” with its impressive buildings from different eras has been redesigned to reflect the innovative spirit of a country considered to be a pioneer of digitization.
The extraordinary design sets off the extensive façades to bright and cheerful effect, creates modern workspaces, and uses organically shaped green spaces, curved pathways, seating levels and the latest technology to transform the space into inspiring terrain with an urban ambiance.
The real challenge was to preserve cultural heritage while creating space for social transformation. And the solution was innovative architecture that caters to the needs of today’s society: bright, friendly, open and connecting.
Back in 2016 3deluxe was commissioned with the complete transformation of the central square, together with the buildings that adjoin it on its eastern side – three new builds and two renovations, along with an underground garage that extends beneath the entire square.
|Service phases (HOAI)||SP 1 to SP 5|
|GFA Gebäude||16.862 m²|
|Executive architect Lithuania||Giedraitis & architektai|
|Photography||Norbert Tukaj, Sascha Jahnke|