Joint Kaunas Universities International Scientific Innovation Centre with Science Museum near Laisves Ave. and S. Daukanto Str.

The object is in the historical part of Kaunas – the New Town (unique cultural property code – 22149). This territory has an established urban structure type and network, roads, streets, squares, entrances, access roads, paths, their types, routes, pavements, linden alley in Laisves Ave., spatial structure with the main historical functional and compositional centres: St. Michael the Archangel (Garrison) Church (20904), situated in Nepriklausomybes Sq., Laisves alley – the main composition axis of the New Town, regular perimeter construction with buildings of 1-4 storeys of the second half of the 19th-20th century, open spaces – squares, centrepieces.

The territory of the designed object is in the most important spot of Kaunas New Town, limited by Laisves Avenue – the pedestrian street, connecting the New Town with the Old Town, and S. Daukanto Str., leading to Nemunas island. An important object of attraction – the fountain – can be found at the intersection of these streets. The project is designed at the spot of the previous universal shopping centre “Merkurijus” and the undeveloped territory in the depth of the quarter. Neighbouring the plot are the Vytautas Magnus University and the central building of KTU.

Goal of the project: development of the project of Joint Kaunas Universities International Scientific Innovation Centre with Science Museum near Laisves Ave. and S. Daukanto Str. and organisation of the territory to Donelaicio Str. including Romuva cinema (unique code 32115, valuable features: compact volume, two storeys with semi-basement under building P, layout of floors, rectangular window and door openings, architectural solutions of façades – functionalism stylistics, structures, architectural details of premises). The aim is to develop a modern scientific research and study centre, by creating informal outdoor and indoor spaces in the present infrastructure of the quarter, by demolishing inferior buildings and building new ones.

This project would seek to strengthen Kaunas community of scientists and students, enhance the quality of studies and the international competitiveness by concentrating the science and study potential, developing conditions for interdisciplinarity of studies. At the end of 2013 rectors of five universities operating in Kaunas signed a protocol of intention to merge and to restore the University of Lithuania before 2022, which was established in 1922. Various clusters of universities are planned for optimisation of programmes and activities. This is how universities expect to strengthen their forces for global promotion of Lithuania as a country of science, simultaneously cooperating and attracting students from abroad. Authors of the project are free to determine the size, the programme and the operating scenario of the object.


Physical demand program for this task is free to choose by the author’s decision – you can decide on yourself what size, program and scenario building it should be. But have in mind the case study situation. Consider it fair to look for standards from relevant literature or similar objects


Refer to ARCHITECTURAL themes map section number – 6

DWG file of the territory

City center analysis_KAFe2016

3D drawing

Kaunas old maps