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Lithuania to mount major concert hall competition

Competition site taken from above Aleksotas looking towards Old and New Towns
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The Lithuanian city of Kaunas has hired Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) to organise an international competition for a new concert hall

The single-stage contest will select a design for the new landmark complex within Lithuania’s second-largest city, which was recently named European Capital of Culture 2022.

The announcement comes six months after SimpsonHaugh and Partners was named one of three finalists in MRC’s previous competition for a £21 million national science and innovation centre in Kaunas.

Commenting on the latest contest, Malcolm 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 region.

‘We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Kaunas. This project is a perfect successor to the recent Science Island competition – a more complex building, setting a challenge to competitors in urban design, landscape and satisfying technical requirements. We are looking forward to a creative response from the global design community.’

Named after Lithuanian painter, composer and writer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis – the new venue will occupy a landmark site overlooking the city’s historic old town. Multifunctional spaces for public and community events will also be included alongside the new concert hall.

The competition will be launched in early summer and conclude in the autumn.

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