In a competition to design Lithuania's new National Science and Innovation Center, known as "Science Island," TARI-Architect's proposal aims to exemplify sustainable design and construction practices. Although three architecture firms were already selected on September 30th, TARI-Architects were one of 144 firms to submit a proposal, making the competition the largest design contest in Lithuania. The Rome-based firm, which recently won second place for a design competition in Seoul, formed its design around the idea of science and its progressive nature.
Linking the pedestrian bridge to the Congress Center to the Island "symbolizes the aim of moving forward, of the human evolution, and the scientific discoveries," writes TARI-Architects.
Spaces within the museum are visually connected, allowing the visitor to journey through its fluid composition. An external exhibition area (complete with green roof) provides gorgeous views of the river, while its terrace steps gently kaleidoscope to the water's edge. Internally, a spiral staircase centers itself as the main circulation (with an incredibly vast view of the museum on each landing).
In addition to promoting scientific discovery, the firm also focuses on the building's sustainability, allowing the structure to adapt to its surrounding conditions — specifically the water level of the adjacent Nemunas River. A sun-shading system helps cool the building as well.
TARI-Architect's main ambition was to promote Science Island as a place capable of cultivating a lasting relationship with science and understanding through hands-on activities through its extroverted character.
News Via: TARI-Architects.