Building to act as link between capital Vilnius’s old town and business district

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has won an international competition to design an eight-storey office block in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius.

The practice triumphed over White Arkitekter and Henning Larsen Architects as well as three local practices for the work.

The competition was managed by Lords LB Asset Management and organised by the Lithuanian Union of Architects and Right Bank Development Fund.

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Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ winning design for an international competition to design a business centre in the heart of the Lithuanian capital

Lords LB Asset Management fund manager Marius Žemaitis said the brief was for a design which encouraged wellbeing for workers, provided public spaces and prioritised sustainability. He said RSHP had “excelled in all of these criteria”.

While most of the 19,200sq m building will be reserved for office space, it will also contain a public shopping arcade running through the middle.

The new pedestrian route is intended to act as a link between the city’s central business district and its old town, which are located on opposite sides of the building.

Above the central avenue, which will be lit by a glazed atrium roof, a grand staircase will lead up to a roof terrace with views over the skyline of the old town.

The building also creates the illusion of a column-free space, with the cross-laminated timber floor beams supported by three trusses spanning the length of the building.

Described by RSHP as “nearly net zero carbon”, the building features a series of passive measures and will locally source materials during construction where possible.