Throughout its operation, LRT (Lithuanian Radio and Television) was located in an anonymous to public, gated territory, and performing its functions in an outdated building complex that was not originally designed for this purpose. The competition posed a complex task to reorganize the current site with preserved historical radio building – to fit the new headquarters with the new image of the institution.
In the current age of information overflow, the traditional radio and television is on the verge of inevitable transformation. In order to maintain its relevance, the institution needs to turn into a multipurpose media centre, built upon the fundamental values of transparency, trust and openness to public. This resulted in a concept of Forum – the platform for democratic society, where different members indirectly meet and intertwine within a constant exchange of ideas and information.
The future LRT headquarters is not simply the new exterior skin, but rather its content, broadcasting creativity, innovation and openness. The campus is combined of 4 volumes, representing the 4 program blocks, that pick up the scale from the protected building to form a united complex of past and future, public and private. The elevated administration block creates an indoor public space that ensures a fluent connection between the two public squares in opposite sides of the site. The volumes are stepping down towards the adjacent park finishing with a spacious roof terrace overlooking the city.
The large program demanded in the brief is consciously compressed into a compact building by utilizing the height difference of the site and placing most of the storage and service areas to the lower terrain. This allowed to liberate the space on the ground floor for private and public activities and resulted in a rational volume with minimum ecological footprint, putting an emphasis on the responsible use of resources in the context of climate crisis.