Spain's Arquivio Architects tops the ranking of best architectural ideas at an international competition for a new national concert hall in Vilnius.
Fres Architects and Planners of France are ranked second, followed by Paleko Archstudija of Lithuania in third place, and SMAR Architecture Studio of Australia in fourth place, according to a press release.
The final results of the competition run by International Union of Architects, Lithuanian Union of Architecs, and Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, will be announced in the second half of September. The entries will now be displayed publicly, while Vilnius launches a tender for the project.
A total of 248 architectural ideas from the US, Japan, Germany, Britain, New Zealand, Finland, China, Brazil and other countries were entered in the competition.
The first, second, and third prizes amount to 60,000 euros, 40,000 euros and 20,000 euros, respectively.
Under the terms of the competition, the new building will have a main hall of up to 1,700 seats and a small hall of 500 seats. It will also house bars, a spacious foyer with a panoramic view of the city, and premises for other cultural activities.
A total of 52 million euros have been earmarked for the designing and construction of the building.
The National Concert Hall is expected to be opened in 2023 when Vilnius will celebrate its 700th anniversary.