Kaunas City Museum
Status: Competition 1st prize 2018, technical project 2020, exhibition project 2021, realization 2023.
Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
Program: Kaunas City Hall building reconstruction for the Kaunas City Museum and the museum permanent exhibition design
Space: 2 200 m²
Competition architects: Vytautas Biekša, Marius Kanevičius, Rokas Kilčiauskas, Aistė Galaunytė, Martyna Kildaitė, Eglė Matulaitytė, Justinas Malinauskas, Adelė Dovydavičiūtė
Technical project architects: Loreta Janušaitienė, Vytautas Biekša, Adelė Dovydavičiūtė, Aistė Galaunytė, Justinas Malinauskas
Exposition architects: Rokas Kilčiauskas, Adelė Dovydavičiūtė, Aistė Galaunytė, Dovilė Kriščiūnaitė, Marius Kanevičius, Vytautas Biekša, Andrius Ropolas
Photography: Norbert Tukaj
About Town Hall building
The proposed renovation and reconstruction project for the building aims to fully adapt it for its intended use as a museum and to create a modern and engaging exhibition space for the Kaunas City Museum. The building, which has a rich history dating back to 1542, has undergone several major renovations in the past, with the most recent one taking place in 1973. The goal of this project is to preserve the historical significance of the building while also incorporating modern design elements and functionality to enhance the visitor experience.
The main focus of the reconstruction project for the building is to adapt it for the purpose of housing a museum and to create an exhibition space for the Kaunas City Museum. This includes expanding public access areas and reorganizing the structure of the first floor and basement to include a café, educational space, and exhibition space. Additionally, the unused cold attic space will be transformed into an exhibition space through the addition of a glass and steel structure pavilion, which not only utilizes the space but also allows visitors to view the historic attic and its wooden structures. Overall, the goal is to create a functional and engaging museum experience while preserving and highlighting the building’s historic elements.