Lithuania Science Island

The proposed National Science and Innovation Centre – known simply as ‘Science Island’ in Kuanas, Lithuania – will celebrate the region’s recent achievements in science and global technologies, for which design proposals were invited through an international competition. We responded to the challenge by creating an uplifting natural environment which will inspire visitors to expand their knowledge and support innovation in environmental science and sustainability.

Our vision for the Science Centre explores the symbiotic relationship between nature, man and machine. The architectural form represents a copse of eleven ‘Great Oaks’ – Lithuania’s national tree. Each abstracted ‘tree’ stands twenty five metres tall, their canopies conjoining to create two exhibition floors high above the ground with dramatic views out across the city. A missing central tree creates a vaulted cathedral-like void in the canopy, allowing natural light to penetrate to the forest’s floor. It is through this void that visitors ascend and then cross to access the various exhibition spaces above.

Science Island and Visitor Attraction



Kaunas City Municipality

The Science Centre is for the people and of the people. It brings light into darkness, illuminating what has been lost, celebrating what has been found and sowing seeds of knowledge and understanding to preserve and protect the future.

Competition Entry

Science Island is part of our strategy to nurture a super-smart society attuned to learning, innovation and creativity. We were looking for designs that would connect with this vision and we found them.

Svetlana Kauzonienė
Vice-Minister of Science and Education, Lithuania