The Lithuania Home of Basketball Museum is a focus within the city of Kaunas. The museum sits close to the medieval Kaunas fort and Santaka park, the place the 2 largest Lithuanian rivers converge. Designed by G. Natkevicius & Companions, the venture stands out as a recent constructing within the city cloth of the outdated quarter of town.
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Due to the museum’s location, the architects needed to think about that the constructing façade can be like a sculpture throughout. Which means: It might be seen from all sides. The museum may even be seen from above, from close by multi-story buildings, church towers and from the slope of the Aleksotas hill throughout the Neman River.
The Home of Basketball’s sculptural façade consists of three main supplies. The entrance elevation permits for views out and in of the museum by alternating skinny, vertical sheets of glass and aluminum framing. Different components of the façade are extra opaque and clad with giant, diagonal strips of copper sheets. Because the copper will patina over time, the oxidation course of will trigger the steel to remodel to a richer, reddish-brown shade, alluding to the purple brick masonry buildings within the metropolis.
The museum’s horseshoe kind creates a courtyard area on the middle. The constructing wraps across the 100-year-old oak tree that serves because the constructing’s central axis. Its centrality permits it to be seen from contained in the constructing, whereas its branches stretch over the rooftop and is seen to passersby.
All inside elevations of the courtyard encompass the identical vertical glass ribbons and darkish aluminum framing because the entry façade. Within the close to future, the museum plans to erect a statue of James Naismith, the Canadian that invented basketball in 1891. The statue can be positioned alongside the central oak tree to emphasise Naismith’s legacy and reinforce the axis round which the constructing is centered.
Though the outside of the constructing incorporates easy and stylish materiality, the inside pushes this to an excessive and favors ultra-minimalism. It options concrete structural components and black and white finishes, which function a backdrop for the exhibitions and occasions.
Pictures by Lukas Mykolaitis and Martynas Plepys