Office centre “1000” or the Banknote Building

What would you say when going home one evening you saw Ben Franklin’ s face smiling at you from the building across the street? You would probably think it’s a funny commercial or something similar, but temporary, not permanent. Well, some funny guys from a design and architecture company in Lithuania thought it would be original to paint the facade of an office building in the second biggest city in the country with the image of the national banknote. This project is called Office centre “1000” , but people call it simply “the Banknote building“.

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I must mention that the bill displayed on the building is the LTL 1000 banknote, but it is no longer in use, as it was used some time in the 1920s. The office building is located in Taikos str. 88a, Kaunas, Lithuania and it was built between 2005-2008. The team of architects (Rimas Adomaitis, Raimundas Babrauskas, Marius Siaurodinas and Virgilijus Jočys ) worked for their customer (JSC “Univesa”) and they succeeded applying the image on the glass exterior of the office building by using a special enamel technique. That is why it is considered now to be an odd architectural representative, but yet a very nice-looking one.