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Idea by

Jautra Bernotaitė, Andrius Ropolas, Paulius Vaitiekūnas

Office De Architectura

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Gedimino 33, Kaunas, Lithuania
Office De Architectura is an architectural office based in Lithuania with international experience and focus on cultural and research projects.

Opening of the Britanika hotel


48 hours of legal panorama

Opening of the Britanika hotel


48 hours of legal panorama
Opening of the “Britanika” hotel is a project of turning an invisible concrete ghost to a most desired landmark for 2 days.
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  • Site-specific cases

'Britanika' is one of the most famous abandoned buildings in Kaunas overlooking city. The hotel construction started in the 80’s however, it was never finished. After Lithuania regained independence, the hotel became a symbol of incompetence. During thirty years of its existence, the hotel infused itself to the panorama of Kaunas, but at the same time, its presence was ignored and witnessing vistas from the top was illegal.

For the Kaunas Architecture Festival, we created an intervention - the first-ever opening of the hotel to see what it takes to turn a building from a concrete ghost to a beloved landmark. This temporal intervention created a new narrative for the hotel - forbidden became public, illegal - legal. The building was finally open. During 2 days around 1500 visitors had an opportunity to visit it. It was first and probably last time it was open - a demolition awaits. But until then, it lives its invisible life, undoubtedly creating new stories.



Axonometric drawing of the intervention.

Photo: Vaidotas Žukauskis

Photo: Vaidotas Žukauskis

Photo: Vaidotas Žukauskis

Opening of the Britanika hotel


48 hours of legal panorama

Opening of the Britanika hotel


48 hours of legal panorama
Opening of the “Britanika” hotel is a project of turning an invisible concrete ghost to a most desired landmark for 2 days.
File under
Type of project
  • Site-specific cases

'Britanika' is one of the most famous abandoned buildings in Kaunas overlooking city. The hotel construction started in the 80’s however, it was never finished. After Lithuania regained independence, the hotel became a symbol of incompetence. During thirty years of its existence, the hotel infused itself to the panorama of Kaunas, but at the same time, its presence was ignored and witnessing vistas from the top was illegal.

For the Kaunas Architecture Festival, we created an intervention - the first-ever opening of the hotel to see what it takes to turn a building from a concrete ghost to a beloved landmark. This temporal intervention created a new narrative for the hotel - forbidden became public, illegal - legal. The building was finally open. During 2 days around 1500 visitors had an opportunity to visit it. It was first and probably last time it was open - a demolition awaits. But until then, it lives its invisible life, undoubtedly creating new stories.



Axonometric drawing of the intervention.

Photo: Vaidotas Žukauskis

Photo: Vaidotas Žukauskis

Photo: Vaidotas Žukauskis


Idea by

Jautra Bernotaitė, Andrius Ropolas, Paulius Vaitiekūnas
Office De Architectura
Gedimino 33
Kaunas
Lithuania
Office De Architectura is an architectural office based in Lithuania with international experience and focus on cultural and research projects.