Science Island International Design Contest

The project’s overall aim is to foster and advance the development of science and culture in Kaunas, and in Lithuania as a whole.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Culture-Center
Country Kaunas, Lietuvos Respublika
RegDeadline 14 September 2016 GoogleCal iCal
14 September, 2016 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Science Island’s perspective on three interrelated scientific themes, the Human, the Machine and Nature/Ecology, will be framed by the future: the most likely outcomes for the world, alternative scenarios, and the extent to which each of us is part of that unfolding process. The project’s overall aim is to foster and advance the development of science and culture in Kaunas, and in Lithuania as a whole.
The project is being developed in cooperation with all Lithuanian universities and many leading experts in science, biomedical engineering, and biotechnology. It will be managed in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science, and municipal Departments of Education, the Education Development Centre, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centres and other educational institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations.
The 33 hectare Nemunas Island in Kaunas – with its central, accessible location, river views and green, open space – was recommended as the site for the planned National Science and Innovation Centre in January 2016 by a Working Group established by the Ministry of Science and Education. The Island, which is owned by Kaunas City Municipality, is currently used as an outdoor recreational space within the city, and is also home to Žalgiris Arena, Lithuania’s largest sports and entertainment arena. It is close to a number of visitor attractions, including the historic Old Town, Laisvės Avenue – notable for its numerous cafes, restaurants and cultural institutions – and the Akropolis shopping centre. A new concert and convention centre is planned on the south-bank at Aleksotas.
A number of the project’s partners and supporters operate from institutions which are within a few minutes’ walk of Science Island, these include the principal faculties of the Vytautus Magnus University, Kaunas University of Technology and the Lithuanian University of Health Science; along with the Lithuanian Zoo, Tadas Ivanauskas Museum of Zoology, the Lithuanian Aviation Museum and the Museum of the History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy.

Malcolm Reading (Jury Chair) Director, Malcolm Reading Consultants
Audrius Ambrasas, Director, Audrius Ambrasas Architects
Jonas Audėjaitis, Architect and Member of Kaunas City Council
Jim Eyre, Director, WilkinsonEyre
Robin Hoyle, Director of Science, Glasgow Science Centre
Svetlana Kauzonienė, Vice Minister, Lithuanian Ministry of Science and Education
Rainer Mahlamäki, Rainer Mahlamäki Professor, and Founder, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Rolandas Maskoliūnas, Chief Press Officer, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences
Christos Passas, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

Three finalist: €15,000
The project’s total allotted building-related project cost is €25M.

Entry Fee

Six A1 presentation boards

Winners announced: November
Construction begins: Q2 2017
Opening of National Science and Innovation Centre: Q2 2018

Kaunas City Municipality and Malcolm Reading Consultants

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