Anykščiai square urban vision workshop

The municipality of Anykščiai District together with MMAP has organized an intensive workshop to forge a redevelopment strategy for the core of the city. Team Bauland has worked on creation of urban strategy and conceptual solutions to reduce car-traffic and connect the historic part of the city with historic Baranauskas square.

The historic city of Anykščiai has gone through difficult historic periods. During World War II bridges and city center were destroyed. In the summer of 1941, two mass executions of the local Jewish population occurred. After a series of chaotic urban structure interventions Baranauskas square has lost its identity and vibrancy altogether.

Location: Anykščiai, Lithuania
Year: 2020
Client: Municipality of Anykščiai District, MMAP
Project type: creative workshop


Livable and compact urban
structure of Anykščiai
Public and green spaces working as one continious system
Prioritization of pedestrians
and bicycles
Sociocultural memory and sense of present

Our number one priority is to dedicate open spaces for people and bring the residents back to the main square to rediscover the history of their own town. It is the sense of safety that needs to change to encourage people to use streets as public space and make the town walkable again. 

Alternative 1

Old town activates the square and vise versa. Our suggestion is to limit tranport in the south of square and to create a continious open space for residents and town guests to walk around and mingle. This approach would intensify the small streets which would be a great asset for small buiseness owners.

Alternative 2

Baranauskas square takes over an existing parking lot and connects to a west block. Our vision is to limit or fully eliminate cars in this area and dedicate this new dynamic open space to local buisnesses and pedestrians. To make it even more lively we suggest to pack the court with small buisnesses like cafes and boutiques which would attract residents and town guests. 

Alternative 3

The connecting square is an option to join two public spaces on different sides of the street and make it one. It takes some changes of street character to make it feel as continiuous open space. It is neccessary to  eliminate the sense of barrior that the main street currently creates. New suggested buildings would help to better define and humanize spaces.




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