Designing new buildings for architects is becoming a privilege because most of the projects commissioned in already dense cities are refurbishments of existing developments. That makes context an extremely important measure in any architectural creation, that even challenges the role of architect itself—we are less creators, innovators, revolutionists, we are becoming more social moderators, tuners of existing urban layouts.
In these settings understanding the context and respecting it is as important as never before. However—the understanding of what is urban context, what is polite behavior with context, what are admissible impacts on existing contexts also change, and that creates quite new paradigm of how architectural challenges shall be tackled in the existing urban fabric.
Lukas Rekevičius is a practicing architect with a studio AKETURI ARCHITEKTAI
. The Office put a strong emphasis on complex urban, environmental and heritage preservation challenges. Two last decades saw AKETURI ARCHITEKTAI working on highly demanding projects in UNESCO protected Vilnius Old Town and the Curonian Spit. Our achievements were showcased by professional media worldwide.
AKETURI ARCHITEKTAI won multiple industry awards, including three Mies Van Der Rohe nominations in 2012, 2014 and 2018.
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