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Seilern wins go-ahead for Vilnius overhaul plans

London’s Studio Seilern has won planning permission for this 13,265m2 mixed-use development in the Old Town of Vilnius in Lithuania

As well as restoring six existing baroque and gothic buildings on the plot, the Boksto 6 scheme includes a performing arts space, jazz bar/restaurant, spa, flats, offices and an underground car park.

Sat within a UNESCO World Heritage site, the project ‘acknowledges the scars ’ of the ageing buildings on the plot while the ‘new-build confidently asserts itself in a contemporary language…derived directly from its site and from its context, in keeping with the natural evolution of the overall complex through [its 500 year] history’.

Design drivers - the architects’ view:

-The existing Baroque and Gothic fabric is the most valuable asset of the complex, and should be reinstated to its original form

- The complex being at the fringe of the old town has not benefited from the regeneration and the vibrancy at the core of the old town.  The inner courtyard should therefore be conceived as a public space, with a cultural element at the core of the site.  A performance venue was therefore conceived.

- All new building insertions, while uncompromisingly contemporary, are a direct response to the context, and integrate into the overall complex through the use of landscaping; massing that is derived from the context, and the use of reflective materials, to mirror the context. 

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