As early as this autumn, the first lessees of a modern Baroque business and leisure complex “Bokšto skveras” will settle in the centre of Vilnius Old Town, in Bokšto Street. The complex, which took almost a decade to be designed and built, will be open to all the residents and guests of Vilnius. This is an investment by the Ortiz brothers, the owners of a real estate development and management company Baltisches Haus, in the area of Vilnius Old Town which was abandoned for many years.
“Modern Baroque may sound like a paradox, but this will be a unique complex in a unique location. Usually, after a decision to settle in the Old Town, in exchange for a prestigious historic location and great views, one has to deal with parking problems and poor microclimate in the office. We will offer offices with state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting solutions, a spacious underground parking lot; therefore, the lessees will have not only a great historic environment but all the modern advantages as well” Oliver Ortiz, author of the “Bokšto skveras” idea, states.
The first phase of the “Bokšto skveras” complex was completed this fall, following which the opening of a 60-seat restaurant “Gastronomika” – led by the famous chef Liutauras Čeprackas – part of the offices and an underground parking lot offering 90 spaces are scheduled. During the warm season, the restaurant will invite one to enjoy a spacious outdoor terrace.
“We have no doubt that the opening of “Bokšto skveras” will breathe new life into this part of the Old Town that has long been bypassed by all. Not only will there be a great restaurant worth visiting, this complex will be open to the residents and tourists. Even though the complex was abandoned in Soviet times, we managed to preserve and restore many of the Baroque architecture elements. Thus, there will definitely be something to look at”, Mr. Ortiz states.
The second phase of “Bokšto skveras” construction is scheduled to be completed next year. Upon completion of the works, the most spacious spa centre (1,500 sq. m.) in Vilnius Old Town with a 25 m swimming pool and Japanese garden, including the remaining office spaces and a chapel with a seating capacity of up to 150 available for conferences, events and personal celebrations, will offer services to residents and guests. Apartments for rent will be set up in part of the complex.
After the restoration of Saint Elizabeth Chapel, not only will the old view of the Bokšto Street be restored but the pictorial décor elements of the middle of the 18th century with enduring value will also be revealed. Moreover, a renovated square, with a preserved 250-year-old linden tree in its centre, will be opened to the city.
“Bokšto skveras” will occupy the area of 0.75 ha and will house a 6,000 sq. m. premises: half of the area will accommodate office spaces and the rest is intended for the restaurant, spa, apartments and the restored chapel.
For a long time, spaces of Bokšto Str. 6 were closed to visitors of the Old Town, as for the past seven years archaeological digs were being carried out here. Valuable finds uncovered during these digs were handed over to the National Museum of Lithuania, and the most valuable objects are currently being exhibited in a museum located in the Bastion of the Vilnius Defensive Wall. Only upon completion of the archaeological digs, in 2010, was the detailed plan of the territory approved; a construction permit was obtained in 2014.
According to Audrius Masionis, the Director of the project developer and manager of Baltisches Haus, UAB, construction works took much longer than the construction of a new office building, due to the historic location.
“The restoration and recovery of historically valuable details took a great deal of time. In addition, sophisticated engineering solutions were implemented, which will provide the building complex with all the modern amenities not visible from the outside. From a technological point of view, it is extremely complex project, which was implemented with a support from international architects and builders”, Mr. Masionis tells.
The contractor for the project is Panevėžio statybos trestas and the architects are Archinova and Studio Seilern Architects (Great Britain); construction maintenance service provider is Statybų techninė priežiūra, and the project coordinator is Contestus, and many others.
More information: www.bokstoskveras.lt/en.