National Science and Innovation Centre
LOCATION. Kaunas, Lithuania
Our proposal for the National Science and Innovation Center is designed to popularize science through hands-on inquiry and exposition. By making full use of the sites specificity of this island in the river, a series of spaces are created that make the building a destination of its own. Apart from excellent exhibition spaces, the building provides a south oriented sheltered terrace overlooking the river and an activated crossroads that will become a lively hub as a satellite space for the city. The spatial quality of the sheltered semi public space will attract people into this wonderful world of science who would initially maybe not belong to the primary target group of a National Science and Innovation Center.
The building is perched on top of the crossroads has three main areas of support that act as lobbies. Each space has a dedicated use: cafe and restaurant, the retail space and the offices and support spaces. The offices and support spaces have their own uninterrupted access to the upper floors.
The geometry of the building is based on the well known Venn diagram, showing the relationships between the three interconnecting themes of the Center: The Human, The Machine and Nature/Ecology.
Each gallery provides a magnificent view integrating the experience of the surrounding landscape into the Science and Innovation Centre.