Georgian architect's project wins Vilnius bridge competition in Lithuania

A visualisation of the KILD team of architects’ winning design. Image: KILD., 03 Apr 2019 - 19:25, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian architect Ivane Ksnelashvili and his team members of Vilnius-based KILD architects have been announced winners of a competition to design a bridge over the Neris River.


The young architect, whose previous work along with KILD colleagues was chosen among competing projects for an environment-friendly bridge in Seoul, was this time recognised for a design connecting the Vingis Park with the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre venue in the Lithuanian capital.


The Georgian professional worked with Dominykas Daunys, Petras Isora and Ona Lozuraityte of KILD on the project for the 5 million concept, organised by the Architects’ Chamber of Lithuania for the Vilnius Municipality.


Titled the Uzvingis Island Bridge, the pedestrian crossing project was launched to “restore the historic island of Uzvingis as an additional public space” and “enrich the expansion of the city centre” towards the exhibition venue also known as Litexpo, its summary said.





The bridge project provides crossing over the Neris River for pedestrians and cyclists. Image: KILD.


KILD profile for their design said it reflected a focus on sustainability and attention to local features of the location, preserving the shape of the landscape on the banks of the river.


The winning entry of the competition includes pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, while also allowing the former a sitting terrace in the middle part of the structure and a “viewpoint terrace” for cycling enthusiasts.


The 172-metre-long bridge encompasses an area of 1620 square metres and is seen as an “integral public space” with the Vingis Park.





The two pathways are split at certain point of the design, directing pedestrian and cyclist traffic away from one another. Image: KILD.


The entry is another winning project by Ksnelashvili and KILD architects in Lithuania.

In 2018, a submission by Dominykas Daunys, Petras Isora and the Georgian creative was announced winner of a contest for a pedestrian and cycling crossing in Kaunas, the country's second largest city.