Vaidila Square

The Vaidila Square complex in Klaipėda is a unique example of Soviet modernism.

It combines archi­tecture and elements of folk art. How to create a contem­porary urban look and preserve the original layout of the square in the technical design of its renov­ation? This was our key challenge.

In designing the new square, we maintained its original structure of rectangles and also added new areas, activ­ities and spaces. We have designed recre­ational spaces, the “moving urban furniture” – benches, more green areas and trees, a stage, children’s playgrounds, a dancing fountain, a new bicycle path, as well as renovated the old fountain and restored the wooden sculp­tures Vaidila, Aitvaras and Bildukas.

 

 

The vision for Vaidila Square was first developed in 2015, when we were working on the urban strategy for the whole district. More inform­ation on the strategy can be found here. The design and construction of the square took place between 2018 and 2021. Vaidila Square and the Oak Grove are examples of how old Soviet-era neigh­bour­hoods and their public spaces can take on a modern and welcoming look.

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