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Fluxus House

Kaunas, Lithuania
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L. Mykolaicio nuotrauka, 2018 m.

The building on Parados 1 is an important structure in Kaunas due to various reasons. One of the reasons is the architect who designed this structure. Boruchas Klingas was a Jewish architect who was located and practised in Kaunas during the interwar years. He designed many buildings in this period, such as the Jewish Real Gymnasium (now the J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium), the Jewish Children's Home (now the Centre for Addiction Diseases), and a residential building on Vytautas Avenue (now the Museum of the History of Education). He prepared the design of this three-storey building in 1931.

The plot of the building is shaped like a triangle, and it is at the intersection of three streets in Kaunas. Even though the structure has a rather plain facade, it is noticeable from all angles. It resides entirely on the plot with a sleek and circular corner. The circle corner is higher than the other parts of the building, and there is a frame around the windows located here, which accentuates the corner. Furthermore, due to having continuous windowsills at the facades of the structure, it contains a horizontal emphasis. Together with the House of Agriculture in the neighbour plot, the building forms an architectural gateway to Parodos Hill.

Another unique feature of this building is one of its former residents, Jurgis Maciunas. He lived in this building between the years 1931 and 1944 on the third floor. He was one of the most innovative personalities in the field of art and the father of the Fluxus movement. In 1998, a memorial plaque was hung on the house, which was designed by sculptor Stasys Zirgulis. Furthermore, the intersection in front of the building is also named after the artist since 2017.

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