Last week, the reformed square was closed due to work, without submitting an adjusted plan. On the weekend, the new fence criticized activists with deaf posters the vague decisions of the city municipality of Vilnius.
On Saturday, the Vilnius regional architecture council unanimously approved the project.
"In this complex area with so many large layers of history, creative problems can not be tackled, with only priority being given to architectural aesthetic decisions", says the publicly stated conclusions of the meeting.
"The return of the" historical truth "in the project to the restoration of the former relief is regarded as the restoration of the Reformed cemetery, which was the same during the Soviet era, which according to the Council has the same characteristics as a criminal offense. every place and every public space has its own history and every layer of it and its ability to reflect, make society more mature.This provision also applies when we are talking about decisions taken in the Soviet era and that the state of reflect the society and cultural orientations of that era.
A good and high-quality representation of such architecture and landscape through architectural and landscape measures requires a very high level of professionalism and a high degree of attention for the creative process. The Council is losing ground in these two projects. The Council also notes that the existing site of the team was highly integrated and still in the system of recreational public urban areas and that both its spatial planning and the path system are much more articulated by the importance of the reformed church than the solutions offered in the project. The pedestrian channel, which was created from the Taurus Hill, via the P. Cvirka Square and the monumental area of F. Zappa to the synagogue, is parallel to Pylimo Street, one of the unique features of Vilnius urban fabric, to which the solutions of the project pay insufficient attention.
According to the Council, this characteristic should be retained as an important cultural layer – the historical layer, while being combined with the cultural symbols of the reformed areas – marked by the places on the cemetery, the former chapel and the church board. In addition, the Council notes that historical, archaeological, architectural and urban research data are insufficient to adequately carry out design and contract work and that the quality of the architecture can only be guaranteed through a well-organized architectural competition. "
Vilnius Regional Architecture Meeting was organized following the official request of 13 public organizations to suspend the work of the Reformed Square project. Based on 2017 In Lithuania, which has entered into the Architecture Act, project proposals for reconstruction, if they are in conflict with government organizations, can only be coordinated with the approval of the Regional Architecture Council. Project proposals for the reform square were prepared in 2014. According to the municipality of Vilnius, in 2014-2015 the project was discussed during three events organized by the municipality or other institutions. In the main media channels, information about the project did not appear until 2018. 29 June, after signing a contract with the contractor.