Vilnius has signed a 7-million-euro contract with Spain's Arquivio Architects, whose design for the new national concert hall in the Lithuanian capital won an earlier competition.
The complex will be built on top of Tauras Hill in place of the now-demolished Palace of Trade Unions.
"Paradoxically, we are signing such an important agreement for Vilnius at a time when concert halls' activities have been suspended almost all over the world," Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius said in a press release.
The team of 10 architects has partnered up with Cloud Architektai, an architecture studio that has extensive design experience in Lithuania. The cost of the design includes an acoustic project to be carried out by Japan's Nagata Acoustics.
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The largest concert hall will accommodate up to 1,700 people and will be suitable for classical (symphonic and chamber) music, as well as other genre concerts.
The complex will also have two smaller halls for various performances, exhibitions, events, educational activities, and a hall for rehearsals by the resident orchestra.
The complex will also house a restaurant and a bookstore, and its terraces and roofs will offer a panoramic view of the capital.
The design part of the project is expected to be completed in early 2022.