Second competition launched for Lithuanian up-and-comer

David Rogers

Kaunas named 2022 European Capital of Culture

Architects will be given one chance to win an international competition to design a new concert venue in an upcoming European Capital of Culture.

Officials at Lithuania’s second largest city Kaunas (pictured) want to appoint a winner this autumn ahead of the city taking on the culture role in 2022.

The one-stage competition will include space for public and community events – as well as the concert venue.

The competition, which will launch in late May or early June, is being organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants.

Reading said: “Kaunas is a European city to watch – it has a distinguished architectural heritage and is rapidly achieving prominence as a key hub within the Baltics.”

The firm was behind an international design competition for a €25 million science centre in the same city last year.

Three practices, including SimpsonHaugh, were chosen as winners from 144 entries – although an overall winner has still to be named by the Lithuanian authorities. Under the country’s procurement procedures, documents for the so-called Negotiated procedure – the next stage of the competition – are due to be issued to the three shortly. The prcoess is then a minimum of three months of negotiation with all three finalists.


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