Contract for design of National Concert Hall has been signed

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2020 11 26

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Vilnius City Municipality and the Ministry of Culture have completed negotiations with the Spanish architecture studio Arquivio Architects, which was recognised as the author of the best National Concert Hall project in an international architecture competition last year.

Yesterday, after the project’s parties signed the contract regarding the designing of the National Concert Hall Tautos Namai as well as supervision of the implementation of its construction project, a complicated stage was completed, during which an agreement was reached about the scope of services, the quality requirements, the preliminary design deadlines and, finally, the price of the design services.

Including the acoustics project, which has been entrusted to the leaders of this field, Japanese specialists, the price of the designing services of the National Concert Hall Tautos Namai will amount to 6.989 million (including VAT).

“Paradoxically, we are signing such an important contract to Vilnius at a time when concert hall activities are suspended practically everywhere in the world. However, I believe that this situation will soon change and we will make use of this “musical rest” in order to prepare a solid project and finally a day will come when global-scope cultural events will take place in Vilnius”, the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius said.

For future activities, Arquivio Arquitectura, a team of ten architects which won an open international architecture competition last year (the project manager is Daniel Fraile), has made use of a joint venture contract with Cloud Architektai, an architecture studio which has extensive design experience in Lithuania; this is a common practice of foreign companies which ensures smoother design process.

Since the funder of the National Concert Hall’s project, the Ministry of Culture, emphasised the significance of the preparation of the project’s acoustic part, this task was entrusted to specialists of global renown: a Japanese acoustic engineering company Nagata Acoustics. The team of Nagata Acoustics, which has implemented numerous concert hall projects, underlines that it uses a unique methodology in its meticulous pursuit of solutions and successfully utilises computer technologies. It is planned that, in order to achieve the highest sound quality, the project will be designed not just virtually but also by building a real, though significantly smaller, prototype of the hall.

The complex of the concert and Tautos Namai halls will be erected at the location of the former Profsąjungos Rūmai (Trade Union Palace): on Tauras Hill, next to a park and the Lutheran Garden. The total area of the complex will be from 16,000 to 18,000 square metres. It is planned that the Great Concert Hall will accommodate up to 1,500–1,700 people; it will also be adapted for concerts of classical (symphonic and chamber) music as well as other genres (the acoustic quality of the hall is planned to be adapted by utilising the designed measures of natural variable acoustics). The Small Hall, or the multifunctional hall for professional performing arts, which accommodates 500 people, is intended to be used for presentation of a wide variety of arts genres. The third hall, Tautos Namai, will be dedicated to exhibitions, events, and educational activities.

A separate fourth hall will be designed for daily activities of the orchestra-in-residence, primarily rehearsals. Its acoustic features will be similar to the Great Hall’s, the stage is planned to be the same size as well. The lobby connecting the complex will be adapted for implementation of various temporary and regular activities; it will include a restaurant and a bookstore. The completed terraces and roofs of the buildings should offer an impressive panorama of the capital.

The architects and engineers will work together with the professionals of various fields – acoustics, stage technologies, music of various genres, dance, theatre, and many other performing arts – as well as architects, urbanists, and heritage specialists. The technical preparation of the project is scheduled to begin on 27 November 2020 and to end in early 2022. Until then, all stages have to be completed: coordination of decisions with the public as well as interim coordination with non-governmental organisations and stakeholders.

Photo by Arquivio Architects