Siauliai Arena / E. Miliuno studija, Dvieju Grupe

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

Architects: E.Miliuno studija / Dvieju Grupe
Location: Siauliai, Lithuania
Chief architect: Eugenijus Miliunas
Project Architects: Gintaras Balcytis, Algimantas Bublys, Eugenijus Miliunas, Linas
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
Constructed Area: 19,600 sqm
Budget: € 21,500,000
Project year: 2005-2006
Construction year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Gintaras Cesonis

© Gintaras Cesonis
© Gintaras Cesonis

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 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.

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.

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.

Cite: "Siauliai Arena / E. Miliuno studija, Dvieju Grupe" 26 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • sullka

    Nice project!

    Love those columns.

  • 123

    columns are like toilet paper cylinders ;]

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

  • Somchai

    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.

  • urko

    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

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

  • joseg

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

    • Linas

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

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  • dito

    bling bling

  • Rimvydas