In June we set off on a trip in search for new architecture again. This time it was the neighbouring Latvia and Estonia. Town of Kuldiga and its aged wooden architecture getting along finely with the new left us under a pleasant impression, as well as the new building for the Estonian National Museum in Tartu (DGT. Architects, 2016) and the Narva College of Tartu University (KAVAKAVA architektai, 2012), telling the story of the place and providing a modern academic though open and free space at the same time.
Rupert centre was selected by the international jury to represent Lithuania among 37 works of committed architecture by European architecture studios.
The edition was presented on the eve of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.
Arch-Christmas is a near-traditional event, yearly inviting architects to create and share edible architectural models. This year we took part presenting our (materially and proportionally) “golden” box of models. Many thanks to Palekas architecture studio for organising the event, friends and colleagues for the ambience and spectacles, as well as sister Asta – for the great contribution to our “kitchen-project”.
From Warsaw's stalinist setting of the Palace of Culture and Science to Oder's riverbanks in Szczecin - the office trip to Poland was accompanied by astonishment and raptures for the neighbors' regard towards the public spaces in cities. The new pieces of architecture visited, such as the Shakespearean Theatre in Gdansk (architect Renato Rizzi, 2014) and the new Szczecin's Philharmonic Hall (Barozzi Veiga Architects, 2014) evoked admiration as well. The European Centre of Solidarity (FORT Architects, 2014) in Gdansk, the SOHO Factory quarter and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw (Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, 2013) were also among the works visited.
"Art incubator kick-starts Vilnius beach,"
"The arts incubator by Audrius Ambrasas fulfills expectations of its natural context with contemporary wooden architecture,"
...and more at A10, #64.
The idea of the book was born while preparing for the exhibition 21 Model, which we presented in Kaunas architectural festival KAFe. Then was considered to archive and publish all collected material about office works as a book album. Together with the book presentation, there was an opening of the exhibition "21 Model" and architectural tour through the arts centre Rupert. In order to purchase a paper format contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Dovilė Krikščiūnaitė
Designers: Zigmantas Butautis, Dovilė Krikščiūnaitė
Translator: Gabrielė Gailiūtė
The exhibition tells the story of 21 project, illustrated by photographs of models. Photographs of skech models reflect the process of the search for a form. Sometimes the model is the end of the project, but pictures of them remain as a memory.
It is not possible to preserve all models, especially working ones, but photographs of them are kept in archives. Browsing through them helps us to recall the projects.
"Thinkers on the Neris beach: Rupert centre in Vilnius invites to try new forms of artistic co-operation,"
- says the headline of an article on Rupert in Modernists magazine, #2.
"The free area forming under the impressive roof panel constitutes the essence of the comparatively simple yet pure and elegant concept. This interspace is an attempt to merge a borderline between interior and exterior, creating a homely environment, a comfortable and flowing transition from outdoors to indoors,"
- says an article on DnB Bank headquarters in "Latvijas Architektūra", #92.
"The bank complex by Audrius Ambrasas architects is the missing link in the network of public spaces in the new centre of Vilnius,"
- says an article on Swedbank in A10 issue #31.
"A distinctive feature of the new head office building is its openness and accessibility to the public,"
- says an article on Swedbank in Architecture & Culture, #345.
"The internal pedestrian street and the flowing spaces on the building's ground floor are planned as a public urban space,"
"The ground floor, under the terrace, opens a wide one-piece space. This artfully crafted part of the complex seeks to become an important public attraction centre even during cold seasons of the year,"
- says an article on Swedbank in C3 magazine, #308.