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Science Island International Design Contest

Nemunas Island Architecture Competition Winners, Kaunas, Lithuania – Architects Shortlist News

17 Dec 2016

Science Island International Design Contest Gallery

Location: Nemuno sala (Nemunas Island), Kaunas, Lithuania

Science Island International Design Contest Winners Online

Science Island International Design Contest: winning and commended design concepts showcased in online gallery

An online gallery, showcasing the three winning and five commended designs for the Science Island International Design Contest, has been launched by the architecture competition organiser Malcolm Reading Consultants, in association with Kaunas City Municipality.

Entry by SimpsonHaugh and Partners:
Science Island International Design Contest entry by SimpsonHaugh and Partners

The design boards for the new National Science and Innovation Centre of Lithuania – known as Science Island – are now available to view on the competition’s website:

Science Island International Design Contest Online Gallery

The Mayor of Kaunas, Visvaldas Matijošaitis, said:

‘Science Island will be a celebration of creativity, innovation and excellence, and these ideals clearly resonated with the international architectural community. We were delighted by the range of intelligent and compelling submissions we received from across the globe.
‘Making the very best submissions available for the public to view in an online gallery helps to fulfil Science Island’s educational mission. We would like to thank these eight teams for allowing us to present their ideas in this way.’

Malcolm Reading, Competition Director, said:

‘This anonymous design contest generated a great deal of interest, both in the international media and among global designers. The responses were of great quality, breadth and diversity, and we are delighted to be able to share some of these today.’

Announced in September 2016, the three winning teams are:

• SMAR Architecture Studio (Australia and Spain)
• SimpsonHaugh and Partners (United Kingdom)
• Donghua Chen Team (China)

In addition, the five teams who received an honourable mention are:

• Amid.cero9 / Elsewhere (Spain)
• Mark Foster Gage Architects (USA)
• Alper Derinbogaz, Salon (Turkey)
• UAB Architektų biuras G. Natkevičius ir partneriai (Lithuania)
• Wolfgang Tschapeller ZTGmbH (Austria)

Entry by Donghua Chen Team:
Science Island International Design Contest entry by Donghua Chen Team

Entry by SMAR Architecture Studio:
Science Island International Design Contest entry by SMAR Architecture Studio

Design by SimpsonHaugh and Partners:
Science Island International Design Contest entry by SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Science Island International Design Contest entry by SimpsonHaugh and Partners

The entries were judged by an eminent jury, comprising: Audrius Ambrasas, Director, Audrius Ambrasas Architects; Jonas Audėjaitis, Dean of Vilnus Academy of Arts’ Kaunas Faculty, and Member of Kaunas City Council; Paul Baker, Director, WilkinsonEyre; Sumit Paul-Choudhury, Editor-in-chief, New Scientist; Povilas Mačiulis, Vice Mayor, Kaunas City Municipality; Rainer Mahlamäki, Professor and Founder, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects; Rolandas Maskoliūnas, Chief Press Officer, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences; and Christos Passas, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects. The jury was chaired by Malcolm Reading.

The Science Island International Design Contest received 144 submissions from a total of 44 countries, making this the most popular design contest ever held in Lithuania. The three winners are currently undergoing a Negotiated Procedure without Publication of a Contract Notice with Kaunas City Municipality, who will select one architect or team to take the concept through to completion on site. Construction for the circa €25m project is scheduled to begin in 2017, with Science Island due to open to the public the following year.

Science Island’s mission is to popularise science through hands-on enquiry and exposition and celebrate recent achievements in science and global technologies. The Centre, within the celebrated university city of Kaunas, one of UNESCO’s global creative cities, will focus particularly on environmental themes and ecosystems, demonstrating sustainability and future energy technologies in the design of its own building. The circa 13,000 square metre site for the development is ideally positioned in close proximity to Kaunas’ historic Centras district, and most of Lithuania’s nearly three million residents live under an hour’s drive away.

3 + 1 Oct 2016

Science Island International Design Contest, Lithuania

Location: Nemuno sala (Nemunas Island), Kaunas, Lithuania

Images of winning designs now online below.

Science Island International Design Contest Winners

SMAR ARCHITECTURE STUDIO, SIMPSONHAUGH AND PARTNERS, AND DONGHUA CHEN STUDIO ANNOUNCED AS THE THREE WINNERS OF THE SCIENCE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST

• 144 teams competed, making Science Island the most popular design contest ever held in Lithuania
• All concept designs for the Centre and the wider Island masterplan were judged anonymously
• Five honourable mentions were awarded

Nemunas Island Kaunas

The Prime Minister of Lithuania together with the Mayor of Kaunas City Municipality on 30 September 2016 announced the three winners of the open anonymous design contest for the new circa €25M National Science and Innovation Centre of Lithuania in Kaunas, known as Science Island.

The successful architecture practices come from across the world. They were (in order of rank):

SMAR Architecture Studio (Australia and Spain)
Science Island competition design by SMAR Architecture Studio

Science Island contest design by SMAR Architecture Studio
images © Malcolm Reading Consultants / SMAR Architecture Studio

SimpsonHaugh and Partners (United Kingdom)
Science Island contest design by SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Science Island competition design by SimpsonHaugh and Partners
images © Malcolm Reading Consultants / SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Donghua Chen Studio (China)
Science Island contest design by Donghua Chen Studio

Science Island competition design by Donghua Chen Studio
images © Malcolm Reading Consultants / Donghua Chen Studio

Following the jury’s selection of the three winning schemes, the authors’ names – contained in sealed envelopes – were opened by the competition organiser yesterday. Lithuania’s Prime Minister, Algirdas Butkevičius, announced the three designers this morning at a press conference on Science Island (also known as Nemunas Island – ‘Nemuno sala’).

Nemunas Island Kaunas

Science Island will celebrate recent achievements in science and global technologies with the aim of inspiring visitors to expand their knowledge and support innovation. The Centre will focus particularly on environmental themes and ecosystems.

Nemunas Island Kaunas

The Prime Minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkevičius, said:
We have been delighted by the response of the international architectural community to this project. The contest has been the most popular in Lithuania’s history: one hundred and forty-four teams entered from forty-four countries.

Science Island International Design Contest winners

The initiative has clearly resonated, being both universally and humanly relevant, as well as of great national importance for Lithuania. We believe that Science Island will show how science can inspire positive change for the planet and humanity.

Nemunas Island Kaunas

Vice-Minister of Science and Education, Svetlana Kauzonienė, said:
Science Island is part of our strategy to nurture a super-smart society attuned to learning, innovation and creativity. We were looking for designs that would connect with this vision and we found them.
I would like to warmly thank all the competitors for entering. We hope the experience, even for the unsuccessful, will develop their practice of architecture.

Nemunas Island Kaunas

Malcolm Reading, Competition Director and Jury Chair, said:
Each of the three winners could create a worthy addition to Kaunas, a city with a most distinguished architectural heritage and increasingly known as a key hub within the Baltics.
The three concept designs show originality, cultural confidence and a deep understanding of public engagement with science – that the design must do as well as be. Science Island must inspire and lead, it sets the highest bar: a building where presence and performance are perfectly matched.

The design contest for this exceptional site in the UNESCO designated, and celebrated university city, Kaunas, encompassed the design of the Centre and an urban integration plan for Nemunas Island.

Nemunas Island Kaunas

The three winners will now undergo a Negotiated Procedure without Publication of a Contract Notice with Kaunas City Municipality, who will select one architect or team to take the concept through to completion on site. Each of the winners will receive an honorarium of €15,000.

SimpsonHaugh and Partners – one of the three design contest winners

The three winning designs will be showcased on the competition website during October.
See Science Island International Design Contest in Kaunas

Nemunas Island Kaunas

Five honourable mentions were also awarded. These were to the following architecture practices:

• Amid.cero9 / Elsewhere (Spain)
• Mark Foster Gage Architects (USA)
• Salon (Turkey)
• UAB Architektų biuras G. Natkevičius ir partneriai (Lithuania)
• Wolfgang Tschapeller ZTGmbH (Austria)

Nemunas Island Kaunas

The architecture competition jury which met in Kaunas over the preceding two days included Audrius Ambrasas, Director, Audrius Ambrasas Architects; Jonas Audėjaitis, Dean of Vilnus Academy of Arts’ Kaunas Faculty, and Member of Kaunas City Council; Paul Baker, Director, WilkinsonEyre; Sumit Paul-Choudhury, Editor-in-chief, New Scientist; Povilas Mačiulis, Vice Mayor, Kaunas City Municipality; Rainer Mahlamäki, Professor and Founder, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects; Rolandas Maskoliūnas, Chief Press Officer, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences; and Christos Passas, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects. The Jury was chaired by Malcolm Reading.

Nemunas Island Kaunas

The circa 13,000 sqm site area is positioned on the 33 hectare Nemunas Island, adjacent to the Žalgiris Arena and in close proximity to Kaunas’ historic Centras district. The project will be managed by Kaunas City Municipality in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Education and the Lithuanian Science Academy. Kaunas City Municipality anticipates construction will begin in 2017 and intends the National Science and Innovation Centre to open in early 2018.

Nemunas Island Kaunas

Images copyright:
Malcolm Reading Consultants/SMAR Architecture Studio
Malcolm Reading Consultants/SimpsonHaugh and Partners
Malcolm Reading Consultants/Donghua Chen Studio

Science Island International Design Contest, Lithuania images / information received from Malcolm Reading Consultants

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