Vilnius: From car focus to society focus


Vilnius (Lithuania)

Challenge area:

Creating Public Realm

Implementation period:


The Challenge

Car dominance hindering the potential of a natural gathering place

Known for its natural springs, the site of Vingriu square and Pylimo street is located in the heart of Vilnius and served as a community well and gathering place for centuries. But rapid urban development and vehicular dominance in the early 1900s led to the springs being buried and the space transformed into a monofunctional street for vehicular circulation and parking.

The challenge of car dominance hindering quality street life, outdoor activities and safe pedestrian experiences in Vilnius needed to be addressed.

The Solution

Transforming a neglected street into a vibrant and artful public space

A design concept was created to reveal the buried natural springs, bringing the meandering water stream back to the surface to offer play opportunities, a tranquil atmosphere and historical significance. The site was pedestrianised, and vehicular access remains for services and emergencies only.