Lithuanian Ministry of Culture
Rune Veile, Sara Buhl Bjelke, Arne Cermak Nielsen, Martin Näf, Alexander Bredgaard, Ieva Valskyte
As a bird that has landed on top of Tauras Hill, this proposal is a sculptural, inviting and yet very functional concert hall. The elegant roof of ”Tautos Namai” can be experienced from all over the city, and the changing life inside the building and on the roof will bring different scenarios throughout the day.
The main concept of the building is the two halls placed in an open landscape with a floating roof above. The landscape of the Tauras hill is expanded into the building as a base for the public functions, mediating between the shape of the Tauras hill and the cemetery behind. Hidden in the base are all the service functions that are not accessible to the public. Like two large pine cones that drops down on the landscape are the two halls placed as individual objects within the landscape. A roof drops down on top – bends down above the lobby space and touches the hill below in a single point. The shape of the roof forms a welcoming amphitheater, an outdoor space that invites visitors to the roof. It becomes both a venue for major outdoor events as well as an entrance to the viewing platform on top. When attending a concert you are automatically directed to the central lobby, no matter from what direction you arrive. From here you have the access to all public functions and visual contact with both concert halls.