As Lithuania’s industry and economy grew, its new (although, it was hoped, temporary) capital – Kaunas – witnessed a construction boom on a gigantic scale. Under the influence of western lifestyle and values, architecture quickly became one of the main expressions of modernity, as every institution looked the building that was housing its offices as a real-life ad for its brand. Pictures of buildings were widely published in the press, displayed on packaging, and even printed on official documents.
These two buildings epitomise these trends: their façade still inspires confidence and a sense of financial stability. The corner building used to house the offices of “Pienocentras”, the largest cooperative of milk-processing companies, which was in charge of milk collection, manufacturing, sales and export. The ground floor would welcome passersby, with a grocery store, a snack bar, and a milk bar: In the basement, which extended all under the inner court, were located the refrigeration chambers. The building stands out with its large windows, a luxurious façade, and a rooftop that used to be illuminated, when built. The third and fourth floor housed flats, with a gorgeous view of the city’s panorama.