Boksto is a 13,265 sqm mixed use project in the centre of Vilnius, Lithuania. It includes a performing arts space, restaurant and spa, residential and office accommodation. The overall complex consists of 6 buildings and large courtyards and gardens that have evolved and have been modified over a period of 500 years and Boksto 6 is now deemed a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and overlooks one of the oldest streets in the historic centre of Vilnius.

Inspired by the example of the Alhambra, where building and landscape merge and morph into one another, we suggested that the façade of the new builds could reflect the historical fabric, rather than imitate it.  By using highly polished stainless steel to clad the new build insertions, the contemporary element pays homage to the historical fabric. The essence of keeping the scars of the building aging visible is as much part of the restoration effort, as bringing the Baroque essence back to its original intention.