V-Plaza - Urban Development

Kaunas / Lithuania / 2020

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In the midst of a newly designed building ensemble boasting bright facades and ultramodern
workspaces the German architecture practice has created a visionary plaza that is a celebration of contemporary mobility. Cyclists and scooters cruise along organically curved levels, between them oases of tranquility, water features, cafes and restaurants. This hybrid of skatepark, playground and urbane living room has now opened – the perfect venue for a young, dynamic society. Cool Lithuania!


V-Plaza – Urban Development
What was previously a largely unused space adjoined by historical buildings is now becoming a new, inviting public amenity where you can casually enjoy a coffee in your lunch break or get some work done outdoors while children play in the water, young people skate and students relax in the sun…


wood, and elaborately modelled elements made of white molded concrete. The choice of plants for the green spaces is based on the local flora. Native pine and birch along with insect-friendly grasses and shrubs form the basis of the greening concept. An artificial stream meanders through the organic concrete landscape with wooden islands, inviting visitors to linger and play, while an interactive fountain installation enlivens the large, flat open space in the square, which
can also be used for events, festivals and markets. The man who is funding the transformation of the square is a passionate skateboarder and wanted to offer skate enthusiasts a new home in the city, hence large parts of the square are laid out to be skater-friendly too. Specialists in skate park construction were therefore brought on board to help realize the challenging free forms developed by 3deluxe. Another addition, lying opposite the new corner building, is a modern amphitheater, and the frontage facing it can be outfitted with a giant LED screen for public viewings when required.
On this basis, additional mobile elements will be used to bring further life to the square: a pavilion that can be planted in various ways as an urban gardening project, changing installations such as kiosks, food trucks and mobile seating, and a temporary event stage.
All in all, it’s a square to bring people together, to create new opportunities, and to improve the quality of life for people in Kaunas.
The earthworks began in 2017, and the project is expected to be finished in June 2020.

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    In the midst of a newly designed building ensemble boasting bright facades and ultramodernworkspaces the German architecture practice has created a visionary plaza that is a celebration of contemporary mobility. Cyclists and scooters cruise along organically curved levels, between them oases of tranquility, water features, cafes and restaurants. This hybrid of skatepark, playground and urbane living room has now opened – the perfect venue for a young, dynamic society. Cool...

    Project details
    • Year 2020
    • Work finished in 2020
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Public Squares / Urban Renewal
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