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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. In 2018 partners of Office De Architectura became assistant curators of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 and helped to create and realise the vision of the future interdisciplinary learning environment in Venice.

Gallery Without Walls


New story for the obsolete

Gallery Without Walls


New story for the obsolete
Can the future of architecture be not about building new or rebuilding existing, but creating new narratives?
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Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Most of the old buildings are perfectly fine as they are, but because they lose touch with a contemporary image, they erode from the collective memory as useful spaces and are renovated, demolished or altered in different ways. However, there is another way to keep old buildings relevant without physically changing them – creating new narratives. Gallery without Walls is a temporary participatory model of what an old gallery building could be. Even though it is a new structure, unlike typical pavilions, it does not try to grab all attention to itself. It copies the shape of an existing structure in a simple and shameless way and demonstrates its potential. A solid cube from the ’70s becomes a translucent open gallery box in 2018. During two years lifespan, this model will try to create a new narrative of the old. Is this structure contemporary? If so, does it mean that the old gallery is contemporary too? Or at least can we start seeing it as such?


Temporal transformation of the cube and the creation of the new narrative by showing new possibilities.

The new model is built on the former pool next to a forgotten and rarely visited Kaunas Picture Gallery. Photo credit: Norbert Tukaj

The interior of the Gallery Without Walls is transparent, open 24/7 and accessible for all. Photo credit: Norbert Tukaj

The new is designed as a seamless part of the old. Photo credit: Norbert Tukaj

After two years Gallery Without Walls will be demolished, but newly created narratives and discovered potentials will remain in the old building. Photo credit: Norbert Tukaj

Gallery Without Walls


New story for the obsolete

Gallery Without Walls


New story for the obsolete
Can the future of architecture be not about building new or rebuilding existing, but creating new narratives?
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Most of the old buildings are perfectly fine as they are, but because they lose touch with a contemporary image, they erode from the collective memory as useful spaces and are renovated, demolished or altered in different ways. However, there is another way to keep old buildings relevant without physically changing them – creating new narratives. Gallery without Walls is a temporary participatory model of what an old gallery building could be. Even though it is a new structure, unlike typical pavilions, it does not try to grab all attention to itself. It copies the shape of an existing structure in a simple and shameless way and demonstrates its potential. A solid cube from the ’70s becomes a translucent open gallery box in 2018. During two years lifespan, this model will try to create a new narrative of the old. Is this structure contemporary? If so, does it mean that the old gallery is contemporary too? Or at least can we start seeing it as such?


Temporal transformation of the cube and the creation of the new narrative by showing new possibilities.

The new model is built on the former pool next to a forgotten and rarely visited Kaunas Picture Gallery. Photo credit: Norbert Tukaj

The interior of the Gallery Without Walls is transparent, open 24/7 and accessible for all. Photo credit: Norbert Tukaj

The new is designed as a seamless part of the old. Photo credit: Norbert Tukaj

After two years Gallery Without Walls will be demolished, but newly created narratives and discovered potentials will remain in the old building. Photo credit: Norbert Tukaj


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. In 2018 partners of Office De Architectura became assistant curators of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 and helped to create and realise the vision of the future interdisciplinary learning environment in Venice.