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It Takes a Vilnius: Zaha Hadid to Design Guggenheim Hermitage Museum

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Congratulations citizens of Vilnius, not only are you getting your own Guggenheim/Hermitage Museum, but it’s going to be designed by none other than Zaha Hadid! Hadid’s office has just informed us that it was chosen today to design a new center for international art in the Lithuanian capital that will house pieces from the collections of both the New York-based Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the St. Petersburg-based State Hermitage Museum. The design of Zaha Hadid Architects (pictured above) triumphed over those of Studio Daniel Libeskind and Studio Fuksas in an international competition judged by a six-member jury that included Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas, Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky, and former Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens. As for the design, it’s a Hadidian mix of fluidity, velocity, and lightness that Hadid’s office likens to “a mystical floating object that seemingly defies gravity.”

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