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Partisans is proud to reveal its National Concert Hall proposal for the city of Vilnius, Lithuania. Historically, centers of culture such as galleries and concert halls were designed to cater to a privileged few. The Tauras Hill, as the site for the new National Concert Hall, presents an opportunity to re-envision what an open and democratic cultural institution should look like in the twenty first century. Considering historical layouts such as that observed at the Palais Garnier in Paris, our proposal extends the concept of the grand staircase traditionally conceived as the entrance and primary socializing space for the venue, to become reconceptualised as an entire park with pathways, stairs, seating, and an amphitheatre. In this space, the casual stroller or the concert goer may slow down, see and be seen, socialize, or simply walk in the seeming privacy that a set of earphones bestows.
The condition of seeing and being seen, reproduced within the National Concert Hall, also serves to define the main boundaries of the building and its negotiation with the site. The north end of the building, in allowing the hill to permeate into its main mingling spaces like the intermission lounges and entry hall, works to produce a continuous field of sociable space between building and site.