2019.11.18 12:30

Tsarist-era prison in Vilnius to be transformed via creative workshops

BNS 2019.11.18 12:30

Lithuania’s state enterprise Turto Bankas (Property Bank) will hold workshops next year to decide on the future use of the vacant prison in central Vilnius.

The last inmates were transferred the century-old Lukiškės prison in late June. In July, politicians, businessmen and public figures discussed possibilities to house a startup center here, a cultural space, hotel or a tourist attraction.

Turto Bankas decided to “organise a public forum and creative workshops to ensure the involvement of the public, community, [...] and specialists," Tomas Bagdonas, head of communication at Turto Bankas, told BNS.

An event is planned early next year where real estate developers, architects, analysts, anthropologists and other specialists will also be invited.

"The most valuable ideas will be further developed during creative workshops involving specialists," Bagdonas said.

In late July, the Lithuanian government ordered Turto Bankas to find out by March 2020 how the Lukiškės territory of around 2 hectares could be adapted.

The prison complex near the country’s parliament includes a prison, a hospital, an administration building and the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, and has been on the list of cultural valuables since 2002.