Zaha Hadid Architects is a firm known for flowing and stylish designs. Their entry in the competition inviting designs for a museum and culture center in Vilnius, Lithuania, had exactly these characteristics. A six-member jury, which included the Lithuanian PM, judged Zaha Hadid’s concept as the best of the lot. Take a look at the accompanying pictures and you’d easily understand why. The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum’s concept is something that gives the impression of a floating creation – defying gravity. It reflects an ongoing endeavor at Zaha Hadid Architects to incorporate the latest in design technology and fabrication methods. The form of the building is composed of curvilinear lines, flowing and smooth. The entrance plazas are wonderfully revealed, and amidst the surrounding green fields, the museum becomes all the more enigmatic. The facade is metallic and within, the main units are arranged as inlays, while the sub units are arranged in folds and protrusions. These parts are aimed at reflecting the various institutions and artifacts that are to be housed inside. The space within the museum is perfect to portray artistic familiarity and liveliness. With a strategic location – at the riverside – the concept for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum aims at becoming the center of public life. The harmony between the internal environment and the surrounding landscapes is apparent for all to see. As Vilnius marches into future as the European Capital of Arts, this structure will definitely be at the forefront of any effort in this direction. Check out more pictures below.