Three copper canopies highlight the entrances to ‘Kauno Dokas’ and provide relief to the dark glass facades, with a nod to the building’s curvilinear plan. Architects KANČO STUDIJA explain their concept: ‘The second largest river in the country flows nearby, so the shape of the canopies is a reminder of the gentle waves of the water.
’The choice of materials is more obvious – just over the river bridge, the old town has many examples of copper architecture. So, a copper skin is a continuation of the city’s history but expressed using a fresh language of building elements.’
GREEN BUILDING PHILOSOPHY
The project’s innovative developers follow a ‘green’ building philosophy and this is Lithuania’s first and, so far, only Class A+ business centre. Also for the first time in the country, renewable geothermal energy alone is used to satisfy all its heating needs and it is the first to use river water to cool an entire business centre.
The building provides 11,000m2 in a continuum of 3 blocks, connected by translucent roofed atria. It comprises an open parking lot and technical rooms on the ground floor and 4 levels of office space above. The plan form is designed for maximum layout flexibility, enabling tenants to organise workspaces according to their needs.
A 5,500m2 extension is now under construction with a horizontal canopy wrapped around the edge of the building – also conceived in copper.