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Keywords Change this

Brutalist, Concrete, Brutalism, Soviet Architecture

Project timeline

1970 – 1971

Type

Culture & Entertainment

Location Change this

Vilniaus koncertų ir sporto rūmai
LT-010 Vilnius
Lithuania

Current state

Original

Also known as Change this

Vilniaus koncertų ir sporto rūmai

Architect Change this

Team

Jonas Kriukelis
Zigmantas Liandzbergis

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Article last edited by Blazej on
March 19th, 2017

Palace of Concerts and Sports in Vilnius Change this

Vilnius, Lithuania
by Eduardas Chlomauskas Change this
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The Palace of Concerts and Sports (Koncertų ir sporto rūmai), built in 1971 in the southernmost part of "Žirmūnai" in the middle of the former cemetery, is an example of Soviet Brutalist architecture, remarkable for its vessel–like exterior. The Palace, once one of the architectonic icons of Soviet Vilnius, was, until the 1990s, a major venue for sporting events, especially local and international basketball matches, as well as concerts and shows. Its seating capacity is about 4,400.

On October 22nd, 1988 the building hosted the statutory meeting of Sąjūdis, the Lithuanian political organization that led the struggle for Lithuanian independence; on 14–15 January 1991, a public funeral for the victims of the January Events took place at the Palace. Later in the 1990s, the building was used as a temporary shopping mall where space was leased to small entrepreneurs for business exhibitions and fairs. In the 2000s developers announced plans to build multifunctional complexes, incorporating sports, business and residential structures, that would replace Žalgiris Stadium and the Palace of Concerts and Sports; the projects have been stalled due to the inclusion of the Palace into the list "Registry of Cultural Values" in July 2006, and related litigation.

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