Kaunas Concert Hall by CallisonRTKL was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the AIA Dallas Unbuilt Design Awards.
The design for the Kaunas Concert Center creates a welcoming building that simultaneously connects community, strengthens culture, and heals the environment. The resulting solution is a layered design that acts as a mediator between the urban and natural environment connecting new and historic parts of the city. The concert hall literally becomes a gateway to culture connecting people throughout the city to the performing arts.
The City of Kaunas was looking to reinforce its position as the European Capital of Culture 2022 by adding a Concert Center along the South Bank of the Nemunas River. With a shift in the local economy from industry to culture, the new building is meant to serve as a catalyst for growth and regeneration, allowing the city to rethink its relationship with the river, while reflecting the history and rich culture of Lithuania. The resulting design should be a sustainable response that creates an emblematic civic building which engages both the local community and international visitors.