Daniel Libeskind unveils design for new Lithuanian modern art museum

Located in the national capital of Vilnius, the Modern Art Center will be home to 4,000 works of Lithuanian art.

November 23, 2015 |
Daniel Libeskind unveils design for new Lithuanian modern art museum

The Modern Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, has a white concrete exterior that references the local materials of the city. Renderings courtesy Studio Libeskind

Architect Daniel Libeskind revealed his plans for a new modern art center in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

The 3,100-sm museum will house works created from 1960 through the present day, which includes 4,000 paintings, photographs, and videos from Viktoras Butkus’ collection. Butkus and Danguole Butkiene are co-founders of the Modern Art Center (MAC) Vilnius.

The building, made of two volumetric forms, is clad in a white concrete exterior façade. It has an interior courtyard, and a staircase that leads to a garden that is connected to the piazza at street level.

The building has floor-to-ceiling glazing to maximize daylighting. A five-meter cantilever will provide shading during the summer months. 

The museum’s galleries have an open-floor plan, and 1,000 sm of exhibition space will hold permanent and temporary displays. 

“The Modern Art Center not only creates a home for this extraordinary collection, but the design connects the galleries to the street and the urban fabric, giving the citizens of Vilnius a new cultural center infused with public space,” Libeskind said in a statement.

Plans include a cafe, bookstore, auditorium, storage, and rooms for offices and educational use. Construction will begin in 2017, and the center is expected to be completed by early 2019.  


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