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Vilnius Beacon

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Vilnius Beacon


City of Vilnius


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Project Description


The City of Vilnius, together with private investors and world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind reveal the design for Vilnius Beacon at the Liepkalnis Ski Hill. The project is a collaboration between the City of Vilnius and Daniel Libeskind to create a new tourist destination and aid in the transformation of the city as a center of the Baltic region.

Ideally located between the historic center, the business district and the airport, the new center will connect the two central areas and create a multi-purpose destination for Europe. The Beacon will offer a wide range of winter and summer sports, combined with a program of recreational and cultural entertainment for all ages and interests.

Situated at the base of Vilnius’ premier ski hill and the highest point in the city, the Beacon is inspired by the natural beauty of the Lithuanian landscape. The design is a study in contrasting geometries. At the core of the masterplan is a circular plaza that encompasses the open arena/ sports center, sited along the periphery are the two main structures, and a zig-zagging canopy spirals around the site creating a dramatic architectural experience, as well as creating a protected pathway between the main areas of the center.

The main entrance building appears to rise from the ground on a tilt, with a sloping roofline and sinuous facade that will frame the central arena. Inside, visitors will encounter a large open-air plan that will house the ticket and rental areas as well as retail and public amenities.

Across the site to the northeast, the main lodge is set into the hill side, with a curved roof that is an extension of the natural landscape. The three-storey building will grant stunning panoramic views to the city below. On the ground floor an open lobby includes the Regional Park Information Center, and a multipurpose space to be used for events and conferences year round. On the first floor there is a bistro for casual dining with an open terrace that provides direct access to the east slope. On the top floor, a gourmet restaurant with wrap around windows will give diners spectacular views of the city and beyond.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2016.

State Trade Co. and Start Vilnius Co. are the main private investors in the project.
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