Sports Hall in Kaunas
(Survived
, k.k.v.r.
15971
)
<p style="text-align: justify;">Kaunas Sports Hall is one of the most popular and widely covered Lithuanian architectural monuments of the interwar period. The object ordered by the Palace of Physical Culture, together with the football pitch, running tracks, the Palace of Physical Culture (1934), and the national stadium (1935) were part of the sports complex developed near Ąžuolynas. The European Male Basketball Championship held in 1939 even granted this place an international status. Not only because of Lithuania’s triumph, but also thanks to the modern basketball arena. European basketball functionaries at that time considered the hall to be “the only hall in Europe of such quality” designed specifically for basketball.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">However, despite its international significance, the construction of the hall was limited not only by time (the hall was finished in half a year), but also by the lack of financial resources: “The goal was to have a building with maximum capacity by using cheapest measures”. Nevertheless, we can argue that the architectural expression of the building was hardly affected by that. On one hand, we had a building of impressive technical characteristics: “The hall, capable of housing eleven thousand spectators (3.5 thousand seated), was 63 m long, 61 m wide and 15.2 m high in the middle. Technical design was based on four bolted steel arches of 61 m, set apart from each other by 13.2 m, and resting on strong 80 m<sup>3</sup> reinforced concrete foundations. Each arch, weighing 12 tons, consisted of 12 sections. The walls were made of metal frachverch construction, the stands were wooden, and the roof was out of boars covered with roofing felt.” On the other hand, utilitarian construction represented <em>existensminimum</em> ideals characteristic of international modernist architecture of that time.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Hence, an ascetic and plain, yet monumental in its scope the building became a real monument to Lithuanian zeitgeist at that time. However, it is interesting to note that people had differing opinions on the architecture of the building at the time of its building. For example, weekly magazine on culture, literature and art Naujoji Romuva<em> </em>published a text in 1939, signed by initials A. T., whose author called the sports hall a “failure” and “ugly” and argued that “it is unlikely that there will be anyone who can say that it is a highlight”.</p>
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Adresas: Kauno m. sav., Kauno m., Perkūno al. 5
Architektūros tipas: Professional
Architektai: Anatolijus Rozenbliumas
Metai: 1938
Laikotarpis: Interwar
Architektūros šakos: Architecture, Separate building, Culture/ Sport/ Leisure/ Other
Medžiagos: Masonry (brick), Metal, Ferroconcrete
Nuotraukos: 17
Susiję objektai
Telšiai Žemaitė (Former M. Valančius) Gymnasium
Telšiai Žemaitė (Former M. Valančius) Gymnasium
1935 - 1936
Kaunas central post office
Kaunas central post office
1930 - 1932
Dormitory for the victims of war
Dormitory for the victims of war
1934 - 1935
Jonas Vileišis House in Kaunas
Jonas Vileišis House in Kaunas
1930
M. Bruskienė Residential House in Kaunas
M. Bruskienė Residential House in Kaunas
1932 - 1933
Kaunas County Municipality Palace
Kaunas County Municipality Palace
1932 - 1934
Borisas Goldbergas Residential House in Kaunas
Borisas Goldbergas Residential House in Kaunas
1937
Vatican Diplomatic Mission (Nunciature) in Kaunas
Vatican Diplomatic Mission (Nunciature) in Kaunas
1930 - 1931
Residential House of Artist A. Žmuidzinavičius
Residential House of Artist A. Žmuidzinavičius
1928
Apartment House of Company “Butas” in Kaunas
Apartment House of Company “Butas” in Kaunas
1931 - 1932
Antanas Gylys Hospital Building
Antanas Gylys Hospital Building
1932 - 1934
J. Papečkys Residential House in Kaunas
J. Papečkys Residential House in Kaunas
1937
Petras Mačiulis Residential House in Kaunas
Petras Mačiulis Residential House in Kaunas
1935 - 1936
Christ's Resurrection Church in Kaunas
Christ's Resurrection Church in Kaunas
1933 - 1940
Cinema theater "Romuva"
Cinema theater "Romuva"
1938 - 1940
Elementary School for Jewish Children in Kaunas
Elementary School for Jewish Children in Kaunas
1930 - 1931
Č. Pacevičius Villa
Č. Pacevičius Villa
1935
Residential House of Architect Stasys Kudokas
Residential House of Architect Stasys Kudokas
1937
Agriculture Bank in Kaunas (now KTU Central Administration Building)
Agriculture Bank in Kaunas (now KTU Central Administration Building)
1933 - 1935
Palace for Firefighters in Kaunas
Palace for Firefighters in Kaunas
1929 - 1930
Grigorijus Gumeniukas Residential House (Adapted to Kaunas 3rd Gymnasium)
Grigorijus Gumeniukas Residential House (Adapted to Kaunas 3rd Gymnasium)
1934 - 1935
Evangelical and Reformed Church in Kaunas
Evangelical and Reformed Church in Kaunas
1937 - 1947
Health Insurance Fund
Health Insurance Fund
1933 - 1935
The Palace of the Common Labourers in Kaunas
The Palace of the Common Labourers in Kaunas
1938 - 1939
Palace of Physical Education
Palace of Physical Education
1932 - 1934
Palace of Klaipeda Pedagogic Institute’s Sports and Gymnastics
Palace of Klaipeda Pedagogic Institute’s Sports and Gymnastics
1937 - 1938
Funicular of Žaliakalnis
Funicular of Žaliakalnis
1931
Elementary School (now Jonas Jablonskis Gymnasium) in Kaunas
Elementary School (now Jonas Jablonskis Gymnasium) in Kaunas
1931
Jonas and Gediminas Lapėnai Apartment House
Jonas and Gediminas Lapėnai Apartment House
1932
The headquarter of milk processing company "Pienocentras"
The headquarter of milk processing company "Pienocentras"
1931 - 1934
Commerce, Industry and Crafts palace
Commerce, Industry and Crafts palace
1937 - 1939
A garage of Amerikos lietuvių prekybos akcinė bendrovė company
A garage of Amerikos lietuvių prekybos akcinė bendrovė company
1929 - 1932
Office of the Bank of Lithuania in Kėdaniai
Office of the Bank of Lithuania in Kėdaniai
1931 - 1932
Office of Former Insurance Company Lloyd
Office of Former Insurance Company Lloyd
1938
Simonas Volpertas Private Clinic in Šiauliai
Simonas Volpertas Private Clinic in Šiauliai
1930
Former Frida Arkusienė Residential House
Former Frida Arkusienė Residential House
1939
Gymnasium named after Petras Vileišis in Pasvalys (former School of Commerce)
Gymnasium named after Petras Vileišis in Pasvalys (former School of Commerce)
1933 - 1935
Residential Houses at 83 and 85 Laisvės Av. in Kaunas
Residential Houses at 83 and 85 Laisvės Av. in Kaunas
1931 - 1940
A project for Culture House in Kudirkos Naumiestis
A project for Culture House in Kudirkos Naumiestis
1939
Draft project for the Mother and Child Museum in Kaunas
Draft project for the Mother and Child Museum in Kaunas
1938
Draft project for the Adelė and Paulius Galauniai House
Draft project for the Adelė and Paulius Galauniai House
1930
Jewish Gymnasium in Kaunas
Jewish Gymnasium in Kaunas
1931
Telšiai St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Telšiai St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
1935 - 1937
Kaunas Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Kaunas Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
1935 - 1938
Raseiniai Old Post Office
Raseiniai Old Post Office
1933 - 1934
House of Vladas Stankūnas in Kaunas, Savanoriu av. 58
House of Vladas Stankūnas in Kaunas, Savanoriu av. 58
1934
Kaunas German Upper Exact Sciences Gymnasium (now A. Puškinas Gymnasium)
Kaunas German Upper Exact Sciences Gymnasium (now A. Puškinas Gymnasium)
1923 - 1930
Juozas Daugirdas Apartment House
Juozas Daugirdas Apartment House
1930
House in Kaunas at 4 L. Sapiegos St.
House in Kaunas at 4 L. Sapiegos St.
1935
P. J. Krasauskas Residential House
P. J. Krasauskas Residential House
1938
Museum of Samogitians "Alka"
Museum of Samogitians "Alka"
1936 - 1941
Gymnasium in Kėdainiai
Gymnasium in Kėdainiai
1935 - 1944
Villa "Šilelis"
Villa "Šilelis"
1938 - 1939
Villa in Naglis st. 8
Villa in Naglis st. 8
Residential house of Lidija Vaišvilienė and Olimpija Balsienė
Residential house of Lidija Vaišvilienė and Olimpija Balsienė
1939
Meilach Melamed house in kaunas
Meilach Melamed house in kaunas
1938 - 1939
House of Janina Rožanskienė
House of Janina Rožanskienė
1939
House of Dumbriai in Ukmergė
House of Dumbriai in Ukmergė
1933
Church in Biliakiemis
Church in Biliakiemis
1937 - 1940
Lithuanian Riflemen's Union house in Utena
Lithuanian Riflemen's Union house in Utena
1933
Mausha and Nathan Feinberg‘s house
Mausha and Nathan Feinberg‘s house
1929
House of Lionginas Junknevičius
House of Lionginas Junknevičius
1937
Meat Processing and Bacon Factory of “Maistas” company in Tauragė
Meat Processing and Bacon Factory of “Maistas” company in Tauragė
1931 - 1932
Former Petras Araminas primary school in Marijampolė
Former Petras Araminas primary school in Marijampolė
1934
Primary School in Alytus
Primary School in Alytus
1937
Branch of Lithuanian Bank in Biržai
Branch of Lithuanian Bank in Biržai
1934
Railway station in Plungė
Railway station in Plungė
1931 - 1932
Health Insurance Fund in Panevėžys
Health Insurance Fund in Panevėžys
1936 - 1937
Building of the Panevėžys District Municipality
Building of the Panevėžys District Municipality
1933
Former house of notary Jonas Dikinis in Raseiniai
Former house of notary Jonas Dikinis in Raseiniai
1933 - 1936
Former bus station in Raseiniai
Former bus station in Raseiniai
Raseiniai Primary School
Raseiniai Primary School
1933
House built by Teresė and Mykolas Narbutai
House built by Teresė and Mykolas Narbutai
1932
Kėdainiai County Municipal Hospital
Kėdainiai County Municipal Hospital
1935 - 1937
House built by Uršulė and Zigmas Starkai
House built by Uršulė and Zigmas Starkai
1933 - 1937
Primary school in Palemonas
Primary school in Palemonas
1935 - 1937
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Yra Palace of Physical Education (Survived, k.k.v.r. 1149) dalis

Kaunas Sports Hall is one of the most popular and widely covered Lithuanian architectural monuments of the interwar period. The object ordered by the Palace of Physical Culture, together with the football pitch, running tracks, the Palace of Physical Culture (1934), and the national stadium (1935) were part of the sports complex developed near Ąžuolynas. The European Male Basketball Championship held in 1939 even granted this place an international status. Not only because of Lithuania’s triumph, but also thanks to the modern basketball arena. European basketball functionaries at that time considered the hall to be “the only hall in Europe of such quality” designed specifically for basketball.


However, despite its international significance, the construction of the hall was limited not only by time (the hall was finished in half a year), but also by the lack of financial resources: “The goal was to have a building with maximum capacity by using cheapest measures”. Nevertheless, we can argue that the architectural expression of the building was hardly affected by that. On one hand, we had a building of impressive technical characteristics: “The hall, capable of housing eleven thousand spectators (3.5 thousand seated), was 63 m long, 61 m wide and 15.2 m high in the middle. Technical design was based on four bolted steel arches of 61 m, set apart from each other by 13.2 m, and resting on strong 80 m3 reinforced concrete foundations. Each arch, weighing 12 tons, consisted of 12 sections. The walls were made of metal frachverch construction, the stands were wooden, and the roof was out of boars covered with roofing felt.” On the other hand, utilitarian construction represented existensminimum ideals characteristic of international modernist architecture of that time.


Hence, an ascetic and plain, yet monumental in its scope the building became a real monument to Lithuanian zeitgeist at that time. However, it is interesting to note that people had differing opinions on the architecture of the building at the time of its building. For example, weekly magazine on culture, literature and art Naujoji Romuva published a text in 1939, signed by initials A. T., whose author called the sports hall a “failure” and “ugly” and argued that “it is unlikely that there will be anyone who can say that it is a highlight”.


Vaidas Petrulis