INTERIOR: MARTYNAS MAŽVYDAS LITHUANIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY


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MARTYNAS MAŽVYDAS LITHUANIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY Interior

Designers: Jokūbas Jurgelis, Laimis Valančiūnas, Jurga Marcinauskaitė / 2XJ architects
Client: Martynas Mažvydas Lithuanian National Library

A new interior design for the Martynas Mažvydas Lithuanian National Library was created in the context of the renovation of the building, which was originally constructed in 1963. Many elements including the interior spaces, structural plan, interior elements and finishing materials are protected by strict heritage regulations. The interior spaces were therefore left essentially intact and many elements and materials were restored or recreated. However, many new functions were introduced within the existing spaces on the six floors of the building: a few hundred workspaces for visitors, spaces for co-working, coffee shops, a conference room, gallery, recording studio, cinema room, arts incubator, daycare centre and more. A lot of attention was put into aesthetic solutions that highlight the relationship between ‘old’ and ‘new’. A modern homogeneous structure of black furniture and other elements was created, which now forms a new identity for the library.