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Siauliai Arena / E. Miliuno studija + Dvieju Grupe

  • 01:00 - 26 October, 2009
Siauliai Arena / E. Miliuno studija + Dvieju Grupe
Siauliai Arena / E. Miliuno studija + Dvieju Grupe, © Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

© Gintaras Cesonis © Gintaras Cesonis © Gintaras Cesonis © Gintaras Cesonis +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Šiauliai, Lithuania
  • Architects

    E.Miliuno studija / Dvieju Grupe
  • Chief Architect

    Eugenijus Miliunas
  • Project Architects

    Gintaras Balcytis, Algimantas Bublys, Eugenijus Miliunas, Linas Tuleikis
  • Project Team

    Julius Baronas, Vytautas Calka, , Aurimas Ramanauskas, Kestutis Scevinskas, Kestutis Vaiksnoras
  • Urban Architect

    Algimantas Cerniauskas
  • Structural Engineer

    Audrius Razaitis
  • Client

    Municipality of Siauliai
  • Contractor

    AB Panevezio statybos trestas
  • Budget

    € 21,500,000
  • Area

    19600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The origin of the name of Šiauliai, a town in northern Lithuania, is identified with the word “the Sun”. Therefore, the architects wanted to provide the new largest public space of Šiauliai with an impression of solar glow outside the building. On the other hand, the building maintains moderation and modesty – a feature of people of the region – Samogitians – inside.

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

Already in the early visualization stage, the architects wished to make it as a chameleon, therefore, it was decided to apply holographic glass for the facade. The facade shades have been changing with the changing lighting: at the bright sunlight it looks like a vivid playful rainbow, whereas cloudy or rainy settings give it a calm and solid view.

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

For interior of the arena, very few colors were used in order to create a contrast between the inside and the holographic glass, to avoid turning interior details to the main accents and to make the premises for the crowds of people entering the arena as democratic as possible.

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

The building was designed to be located in a park next to a quarter of multi-shaped residential areas of blocks-of-flats of the eighth decade – in a green zone, surrounded by poor grey architecture of the Soviet period. The chosen round form of the building plan signifies a hint of the Sun. The round Arena becomes a dominant in the district of brute buildings and, on the other hand, softly dissolves in the green area surroundings.

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

The arena is a five-floor circular building, with a diameter of 100 meters and the height of nearly 19 meters. It may seat 5740 and 7000 persons at a time during basketball games and concerts respectively.

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

Since one of the project architects, Algimantas Bublys, had been actively involved in the design of sports facilities in America for a few decades, the model of the Šiauliai Arena was chosen to be rational, compact and universal - containing features, peculiar to American Arenas.

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

This coincided with the needs of the city government to have not only the arena hall but also the sports and cultural center, allowing universal activities to ensure the vitality of the building each day. Therefore, the multifunctional complex has been designed for a wide range of sports events and tournaments, as well as for artistic and theatre performances, educational activities such as exhibitions, fairs, concerts. Furthermore, it houses sports schools, clubs, a wellness and beauty center, a fitness hall, a sports museum, cafes, bars, etc. These facilities operate even when no massive events take place.

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis
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bluevertical · August 20, 2010

Siauliai Arena by E. Miliuno studija, Dvieju Grupe #architecture #interiordesign #modern #color *nice glazing system

Rimvydas · November 05, 2009
dito · November 02, 2009

bling bling

joseg · October 27, 2009

what product did they use for the facade???
who manufactures this pannels???

Linas · October 27, 2009 11:56 PM

There are facade with holographic film inside laminated glass. The glass for the facade was produced in local factory AB Panevezio Stiklas

urko · October 27, 2009

Are there enough staircases?

It is so sharp Ikeaish effect of a parking "field" in fromt of, as Alejandro Zaera Polo says, "big and beautiful" object. For him while designing Umraniye it was just a first step.

Linas · October 27, 2009 11:43 PM

There are enough (four staircases) according calculation. Theoretically every spectator leaves the building within 8 minutes.

Somchai · October 27, 2009

This is brilliant! I like the idea of a dynamic facade, changing colors as light hits it at different times of the day. It's not only functional, it's a tourist attraction itself. When we think like this, we can start to imagine the true relevance of great architecture and design, and it's contribution to the local tourist economy. If I knew I was even within two hours of the location, I would make every effort to visit and see for myself. Seeing pictures is one thing, but experiencing great work is on another level.

123 · October 27, 2009

columns are like toilet paper cylinders ;]

pipes pipes pipes. everywhere pipes!!!!! AAHHH!!

sullka · October 26, 2009

Nice project!

Love those columns.


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