K & D COMPLEX
The history of Klaipėda city is long and difficult. Since the 14th century this city – port – bulwark adjoined the coast of the Baltic Sea. In the centre of Klaipėda city here are two territories, which stand out from their surrounding social and urban environment – this is an old town and the only one Lithuanian port. The proportion between the two areas most influenced the architectural expression and functional model of our designed buildings. Until the city was built, its silhouette was only formed by the (C)ranes of the port.
The new volumes is the architectural interpretation of (C)ranes. They also become the metaphor of (K)laipėda city, port and Sea and the new sign of the old town boundaries. The buildings were designed so that their narrow sides (without any small detail) are turned to the side of the old town. The facades are decorated with the red clinker bricks, which are the characteristic building material in this region. The facades become the comparative continuance of the old town’s roofs.
In the „K“tower there is a hotel and offices. The glass plane of this building facade is parallel to „Naujojo sodo“street. The „D“form habitable tower is oriented to the port gate and is parallel to the Sea coast line.
The architectural expression of the glass hall connecting the two first floors of the towers interprets the traditional local building method „slab construction“: wooden framework with the filler of bricks and plastering. On the ground floor there is a restaurant, beauty salon and the editorial office of a newspaper. The central hall, with the stairs of the unique monolithic construction connects all the functional zones on the first two floors. On the first floor there is a bowling, bar and offices. Two towers meet the ships coming from the Sea to the port. They are also the meeting places of the citizens. The view site is in the height of seventy meters and allows the visitors to enjoy the panoramas of Klaipėda city, views to the Sea and Kuršių Nerija, which is protected by UNESCO.
Status: multifunctional complex
Site: Klaipėda (LT)
Total floor area: 24 000 kv.m
Site area: 10 928 kv.m