Proposed for an island park in the Kaunas River, the National Science & Innovation Centre will signal the historic City’s reinvention as an emerging scientific and technological hub. The client envisions an immersive, experiential museum – comparable to the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw and Copenhagen's Experimentarium – that will serve as a teaching tool for sustainability and help establish the City as a new global destination for education and innovation.
The design of the net-zero Centre unfolds into a flowing origami-like sequence, inspired by the geometry of the site. Extensive glazing opens views in and out of the building, whose massive cantilever also frames new perspectives – below, within, and atop the structure – from which to engage with the park, the City, and the river. An expansive green roof, punctuated by photovoltaic arrays, creates an upper-level park accessible by ramps rising from the entry plaza.
The Centre is crowned by a performative tower within which water pumped from the river will power an exchange system that works in concert with the dual-skin thermal building envelope, enabling the building to “breathe” in response to climatic conditions.
- 93,000 GSF
- Black box theatre
- Physics Research Lab
- Robotics Research Lab
- Chemistry Research Lab
- Biology Research Lab
- Virtual Planetarium
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Rising from the island to meet the future, the net-zero Centre unfolds into a geometric sequence that invites exploration. Inspired by the accelerating trajectory of scientific discovery, the building expresses the anticipatory nature of critical inquiry – always reaching for the future.Building Performance Community Impact
Strategies for Net Zero
While the client requested a maximum annual energy use of 100-150 kWh/m2, our design leverages an interdependent bundle of energy efficiency strategies - including PV, wind turbines, occupant sensors, high-performance systems, and heat exchange pumps - to achieve net zero. Additional wind turbines and biomass electric generation could feasibly take the facility beyond zero energy.Energy Decisions