Kėdainiai bridge

Program: Bridge
Team: Jautra Bernotaitė, Andrius Ropolas, Ronaldas Pučka, Paulius Vaitiekūnas.
Type: Competition
Location: Kaunas, Lithuania
Client: Kaunas Municipality
Year: 2017

Kėdainiai bridge was an open competition for a concept of a bridge in a visually sensitive location – intersection of two largest rivers in Lithuania Nemunas and Neris. Foreseeing the impossibility of the competition both in terms of a budget and infrastructure, we proposed an impossible project which questioned the necessity of this object in this location. What would happen if we tried to do a project which would not compromise on location? To articulate this, we moved the intersection of two rivers beyond the bridge. This radical move solved a challenge of disturbing a visually sensitive perspective and created best possible situation in terms of location. However, at the same time this revealed a very complex and ambitious nature of this action. Creating the best possible situation for the project, made it almost impossible to build. Location of the bridge revealed itself as a paradox.

Final comment of the jury, after revealing the winners, was that this bridge should not be built in this location. It ought to be moved further.

The Lithuanian name of the project “Iš lėto leidžiasi saulė” bears it’s name from popular 90’s song by Karališka Erdvė.