This was the first competition that our practice won, and it marked the beginning of a new era for us. It was also the first building that we conceived to house a single organisation, and we were able to decide both its architectural form and the inside spaces. Two 16 and 14-storey volumes flank an atrium, which continues the axis of the old Ukmerges St, with Gediminas’ Castle in the distance. The ground floor, where the main client-service operations are, with a passage and a cafe space with a good view of the banks of the river Neris, resembles a public urban space. The building has become an integral part of the layout of the right bank of the river: the roof line of the lower volume brings the stylobate line of the nearby church, the shopping centre and the hotel down to the ground. It was a good decision to turn the roof of the lower part into a wooden terrace with flower pots and seats, which has become a favourite spot with locals, and a feature of the river bank.

Name Swedbank
Purpose Headquarters
Location Konstitucijos Ave. 20, Vilnius
Area 42 000 m2
Project 2005-2007
Construction 2007-2009
Client UAB Swedbank valda
Architects Audrius Ambrasas, Vilma Adomonytė, Tomas Eidukevičius, Donatas Malinauskas
Team Rasa Ambrasienė, Mindaugas Reklaitis, Vladas Lučinskas, Jurgis Jurevičius, Aurelija Slapikaitė, Jovita Dilytė
Structure Audronė Dominaitė, Mantas Žiauberis
Project manager Saulius Mikaliūnas
Photography Audrius Ambrasas, Kontis Šatūnas, Nathan Willock, Raimondas Urbakavičius

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