An open international contest has been announced for a landmark new coastal resort near Klaipėda, Lithuania
Open to everyone, the single-stage competition seeks ‘inventive and unique’ proposals to restore and expand a disused hotel in scenic Giruliai a short distance north of the Baltic Sea port city.
The project – backed by a consortium of private investors under the banner UAB Eligus – will create a new multi-purpose holiday complex in the historic resort district where King Friedrich Wilhelm III and Queen Louise of Prussia fled Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 19th century.
According to the brief: ‘Participants are expected to develop inventive and unique ideas, as well as conceptual suggestions to find new uses of the site and remaining historic buildings to suit contemporary tourism, recreation and living needs. The territory will be a year-round destination for the general public, tourists, and local residents.
‘Any ideas should take into account the remarkable natural landscape of Baltic shores, forests and dunes. The project aims to create the Baltics’ first and most balanced multi-purpose landmark destination within the residential limits of Klaipėda. The seaside resort “Queen Louise” will be a sustainable and green property with an exclusive model aimed to ensure the protection and improvement of its heritage.’
Overlooking the Baltic Sea, Lithuania is the most southern of the three Baltic States and home to a large number parks, forests and lakes along with a 90 kilometre shoreline.
The provincial town of Klaipėda was transformed into a major tourist destination after King Friedrich Wilhelm III and Queen Louise fled to the area in response to Bonaparte’s invasion of Prussia.
The recreational settlement of Giruliai was created by wealthy merchants in 1863 around seven kilometres outside of Klaipėda. The picturesque settlement featured many hotels, spas and restaurants along with a railway and cycle path connecting it to the larger port city.
The competition seeks architectural and artistic concepts to restore and expand a disused hotel close to the coast within Giruliai. The new sustainable facility will be expected to provide wellness and recreational activities and appeal to a wide range of visitors.
Applications may be in English or Lithuanian. The registration deadline is 20 September and submissions must be completed by 13 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Tel: +370 655 61237