Vilnius’ architecture of the 20th and early 21st centuries ranges from the Modern Style to High-Tech, and reflects all the architectural trends and political shifts that swept across the city during this period. At the dawn of the 20th century, the elegant Central European Sezession style was still in vogue. Architecture later progressed to the stripped-down interwar Modernism of the 1920s and 1930s, and after the Second World War it ventured into the controversial Soviet-imposed Neoclassicism. After ‘totalitarian’ architecture was officially discredited in the mid-1950s, postwar Modernism flourished, particularly in the new residential districts that were built to house the city’s growing population. At the end of the Soviet period, Late Modernism saw a large number of public buildings appear around the city centre. With the reestablishment of independence in 1990, and with the consequent changes that took place in the economy and in society, Vilnius experienced yet another wave of urbanisation. Private houses were built again, filling the city to the limits, and a spectacular steel and glass city centre took shape on the right bank of the River Neris.
> The Early Years of the Century 1900–1918 > The Interwar Period 1918–1940 > The Soviet Years 1940–1990 > After the Restoration of Independence 1990–2016
edited by Marija Drėmaitė, Rūta Leitanaitė, Julija Reklaitė texts by Marija Drėmaitė, Rūta Leitanaitė, Nijolė Lukšionytė, Karolis Kučiauskas, Diana Kontrimaitė, Algimantas Mačiulis, Vaidas Petrulis, Julija Reklaitė, Jurgita Rimkevičienė, Indrė Ruseckaitė, Jūratė Tutlytė, Aida Štelbienė, Renata Vaičekonytė-Kepežinskienė translated from Lithuanian by Andrius Gailiūnas, Gabrielė Gailiūtė, Rūta Leitanaitė language editor Joseph Everatt photographs by Audrius Ambrasas, Raimondas Urbakavičius, Norbert Tukaj and others design by Jūratė Šatūnienė, Kontis Šatūnas
ISBN 978-609-95484-9-4 356 pages, 170 x 150 x 24 mm flexi-cover, bw illustrations
published in collaboration with Architektūros fondas.