Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

LITHUANIA HOUSE OF BASKETBALL

Architectural Bureau G.Natkevicius & Partners

YEAR
2020

CATEGORY
Museum

PHOTOGRAPHS
Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

CONSTRUCTORS
1 Planas_M. Vaidelys G. Antanaitis

LEAD ARCHITECTS
Lukas Lebednykas, Adomas Rimselis, Gintautas Natkevicius

LOCATION
Kaunas, Lithuania

PROJECT MANAGERS
K. Cesnauskas, M. Jucius, T. Juras

EXPOSITION DESIGN
Ralph Appelbaum Associates RAA

AREA
1837 m²

Text description provided by architect.

Lithuania House of Basketball is an exceptionally designed Basketball Museum building, located in an exclusive location between the urbanistic old town, near the historic Kaunas Castle and natural Santaka Park, at the confluence of the largest Lithuanian rivers.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

The laconic building is the last building of Kaunas Old Town urban fabric, which seems to complete the quarter - a passer-by is already entering Santaka Park here.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

Built in a highly sensitive environment, the House of Basketball building manages to avoid “playing” historic architecture and instead boldly presents itself as a modern, contemporary building.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

The house of Basketball is seen walking along the Nemunas embankment, Santaka Park, and adjacent streets, therefore the building required a façade from all sides, also visible from above - from the slopes of Aleksotas across the river, from the roofs of the city and the church towers.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

The building supposed to look architecturally like a sculpture that has something to say when looking at it from any side - the plastic façade reveals itself differently, from a bird’s eye view as well - "clean", smooth any engineering equipment free roof became a full-fledged part of the building’s composition.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

The entire façade of the uniquely shaped building is constructed of aluminum constructions with glass and copper plates.

A luxurious, red-eye-catching copper cladding not only matches the environment but also adds to the solid, durable appearance. Copper as the eternal material will never disappoint, fade, but will increase the material and aesthetic value of the building.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

Copper matures over time like good wine - the façade darkens, becomes luxurious and solid, oxidizes, and transforms from glossy to dark brown, even more, suited to the surrounding context of red brick masonry. One corner of the Basketball Museum is like hanging in the air.

The central axis of the building became a century-old oak tree, surrounded by a U-shaped building - it was integrated into the main façade of the building, forming a small inner courtyard.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

Right here, next to this large oak tree, surrounded on three sides by a semicircular copper-clad building, will stand a statue of J. Naismith, a Canadian who invented basketball in 1891. The façade of the entrance and the main exhibition halls surround the tree growing here, it becomes the axis of the building and the story being told.

The oak with the sculptural building complements each other: the curvature of the building highlights the oak and it is very visible in the background of the building.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

Inside the House of Basketball, passing through a semicircular folded building, the oak is always visible as an axis around which the building rotates.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

The architects sought to combine several things that would take the visitor further like a script: the shape of the building itself attracts like a sculpture, the courtyard, and the oak continue to meet, and after entering the building you see how interesting and effective the interior is.

Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys
Lithuania House of Basketball
© Lukas Mykolaitis, Martynas Plepys

The interior, dominated by concrete and monochrome shades, is designed as a background for the museum’s exposition.


Lithuania House of Basketball
Plan - Basement floor
Lithuania House of Basketball
Plan - Ground floor
Lithuania House of Basketball
Plan - First floor
Lithuania House of Basketball
Plan - Site


Lithuania House of Basketball
Section - A
Lithuania House of Basketball
Section - B


Lithuania House of Basketball
Structure
Lithuania House of Basketball
Structure


Lithuania House of Basketball
Elevation - North west
Lithuania House of Basketball
Elevation - South west
Lithuania House of Basketball
Elevation - South east

Architektu biuras G. Natkevicius ir partneriai
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Architektu biuras G. Natkevicius ir partneriai
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