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Daniel Libeskind Unveils Design for New Leisure Center in Vilnius (0)

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Vilnius, Lithuania—The City of Vilnius, together with private investors and world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind have revealed the design for Vilnius Beacon at the Liepkalnis Ski Hill. The project is a collaboration between the City of Vilnius and Daniel Libeskind to create a new tourist destination and aid in the transformation of the city as a center of the Baltic region.

“We are honored to have the architect Daniel Libeskind on this project— that is a small one for him, but a very significant one for Vilnius. Libeskind has taken an unusually small and difficult space and transformed the entire landscape with incredible vision,” said Mayor Arturas Zuokas.

Ideally located between the historic center, the business district and the airport, the new center will connect the two central areas and create a multi-purpose destination for Europe. The Beacon will offer a wide range of winter and summer sports, combined with a program of recreational and cultural entertainment for all ages and interests.

“I was inspired by the landscape of this beautiful city. My goal with this project was to bring an exciting dimension of architecture that respects the natural elements, while providing a year-round sustainable center for the citizens of Vilnius,” said Daniel Libeskind. “The Beacon is set to become a new epicenter of entertainment, leisure and culture for the city,” adds Libeskind.

Project Overview

Situated at the base of Vilnius’ premier ski hill and the highest point in the city, the Beacon is inspired by the natural beauty of the Lithuanian landscape. The design is a study in contrasting geometries. At the core of the masterplan is a circular plaza that encompasses the open arena/ sports center,  sited along the periphery are the two main structures, and a zig-zagging canopy spirals around the site creating a dramatic architectural experience, as well as creating a protected pathway between the main areas of the center.

The main entrance building appears to rise from the ground on a tilt, with a sloping roofline and sinuous facade that will frame the central arena. Inside, visitors will encounter a large open-air plan that will house the ticket and rental areas as well as retail and public amenities.

Across the site to the northeast, the main lodge is set into the hill side, with a curved roof that is an extension of the natural landscape. The three-storey building will grant stunning panoramic views to the city below. On the ground floor an open lobby includes the Regional Park Information Center, and a multipurpose space to be used for events and conferences year round. On the first floor there is a bistro for casual dining with an open terrace that provides direct access to the east slope. On the top floor, a gourmet restaurant with wrap around windows will give diners spectacular views of the city and beyond.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2016.

State Trade Co. and Start Vilnius Co. are the main private investors in the project.

About Daniel Libeskind / Studio Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Daniel Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Daniel Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects internationally. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers. In addition to the European headquarters in Milan, Studio Libeskind has a New York City office. For more information, visit www.daniel-libeskind.com.

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