Lithuania’s second largest city, Kaunas, has launched an international contest for a major new cycle route over the River Nemunas
Organised by the Kaunas Architectural and Urban Renewal Council – the competition seeks innovative proposals for a new pedestrian and cycle route connecting the city centre and Science Island with the industrial south bank of the river where a new concert hall is due to be constructed.
The project aims to create a new environmentally-friendly link between two areas of the historic settlement which are currently only connected by heavily-congestion vehicle traffic routes.
The new crossing will follow one of two proposed routes starting on the South Bank – which is known locally as Aleksotas – crossing the river to reach Science Island and then crossing the river again to reach the city centre which starts at King Mindaugas Avenue.
According to the brief: ‘The aim of the competition is to select a project proposing the most suitable pedestrian and cyclists traffic link with bridges across the Nemunas River in Kaunas along the western bank of the Nemunas River from Aleksotas to the island and from the island to King Mindaugas Avenue. The contest calls for solutions that meet the requirements of urban, landscape and functional aspects.’
Kaunas is home to many academic institutions and emerging businesses. The settlement – which will be European Capital of Culture in 2022 – was recently named a UNESCO global creative city and has hosted a flurry of international design contests.
The latest competition comes seven months after the same client launched a separate international contest for a major downtown road bridge for a prominent location west of the city’s landmark old town.
In April, Australia and Madrid-based SMAR Architecture Studio was named winner of a £20.2 million competition for a national science and innovation centre on nearby Nemunas Island.
UK outfits Adam Khan Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios were meanwhile among three teams named joint-winners in an international contest to design a £26.4 million concert hall in Kaunas last September.
The MK Čiurlionis Concert Centre will occupy a landmark site overlooking the city’s historic old and new towns. A waterfront park and multifunctional spaces for public and community events will also be included alongside the 1,500-capacity concert hall.
The language for the latest competition is Lithuanian and submissions will be evaluated on their urban integrity, originality, innovation, sustainability and the proposed fee. The overall winner will receive a £7,000 prize while a second place prize of £5,200, third place prize of £3,500 and two additional prizes worth around £870 each will also be awarded.
The deadline for applications is 2pm local time on 16 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Kaunas Architecture and Urbanism Council
Vilniaus g. 22-1A
Tel: +370 37422248