Lifeguard Station with Amphitheater / DO ARCHITECTS

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  • Reconstruction Project Architects: Gilma Teodora Gylytė, Algimantas Neniškis, Karolina Čiplytė, Aurimas Baužys, Domantas Baltrūnas
  • Original Design: Algirdas Sviderskas (1984)
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Text description provided by the architects. In this wild and vulnerable landscape, battered by constant winds, a small structure provides refuge in the dunes. Overlooking the sandy Baltic shoreline, this once brutally monofunctional and closed object has been delicately deconstructed into a light and inviting public gathering space - a unique sunset viewpoint on Lithuania’s Curonian Spit.

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The station’s newly perforated lower level frames an approaching eye’s view of the sea, a juxtaposition to the panoramic window sheltering lifesaving facilities on the upper floor of the structure. Below, a ground level cafe/bar spills out onto a timber amphitheater stepping down towards the shore. This

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Plan
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public space blurs the line between inside and outside, open and closed, locals and visitors and expands the possibilities for enjoying the stunning surroundings of the beach.

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Plan Plan
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The station has been stripped, revealing its honest, concrete structural surface. Its crisp faces and sharp corners strike a distinct contrast between the station’s clean white lines and the grass covered dunes and ever changing sky, reflecting the constantly shifting atmosphere and light of the Curonian Spit.

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