Vilnius City Municipality (Lithuania) has announced on 25th February 2019 an open international architectural competition for an architectural concept of the National Concerts Hall, expecting to get innovative, quality and unique architectural ideas.

The project should reach the highest standards of acoustic and functional characteristics, and to become a new landmark in Vilnius, as the city currently lacks a concert hall suitable for symphony music complying with the global standards applicable to the natural acoustics of such venues and having a capacity of at least 1,500 seats.

In 2018, the Minister of Culture of LIthuania and the Mayor of Vilnius CIty had signed an Agreement of Intent to create the infrastructure for all the services that a National Concerts Hall should provide. The top of the Tauras hill, V. Mykolaicio Street  was selected as the most suitable location for the National Concerts Hall.

This one stage project Competition is endorsed by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and will be conducted according to the UNESCO Standard Regulations for International Competitions in Architecture and Town Planning and the UIA best practice recommendations.

Deadline for submision of designs is June 25th, 2019 and the designs must be addressed to: Lietuvos architektų sąjunga, Kalvarijų g. 1,09310 Vilnius, Lithuania

There are several goals of the competition:

  • best architectural and planning solutions for the National Concert Hall and the surrounding area;
  • exceptional, outstanding, original design in terms of artistic expression and architectural concept.
  • To ensure functional communications and acoustic solutions satisfying the requirements for an open multifunctio nal art centre, featuring premium classical music concert hall with natural acoustics, and a residing orchestra.
  • To find the best solutions for the organisation of transport, pedestrian and cyclist flows for the surrounding area.



1st Prize is 60 000 €

2nd Prize is 40 000 €

3rd Prize is 20 000 €


Jury list:

Ole Gustavson, chairman, architect /Snohetta, Norway  (UIA representative)

Andreas Cukrowicz – architect /Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten, Austria

Fabrizio Barozzi- architect / Barozzi / Veiga, Spain

Xander Vermeulen Windsant- architect / XVW, Netherlands

Gintaras Balcytis – architect / Lithuania

Marija Nemuniene – architect / ICOMOS Lithuania, Lithuania

Mindaugas Pakalnis – architect / Vilnius City Municipality City’s Development Department, Deputy, Lithuania

Gundula Zach – architect / Zach+ Zünd, Switzerland (UIA represent ative), Alternate

Gintautas Blaziunas – architektas / doc. Vilnius Gediminans Technical University, Architecture faculty, Lithuania, Alternate

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