It is rare for anyone to pay attention to the grey façade of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, hidden between the trees in Lukiškės Square. This building is like a shadow; it is a building of monumental architecture of socialist realism, which plays an important role in the life of Lithuania. Since 1958, this was the headquarters of the Council of Ministers of the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR. Between 1990 and 1991, this was the first headquarters of the Government of the Reinstituted Republic of Lithuania. Now, it is a building where the foreign affairs of Lithuania are being shaped, with diplomats and foreign delegations visiting it daily. The volume of the building, a clear planned corridor structure, proximity, finishing materials and interior décor partially but very broadly reveal the characteristics of the post-soviet government designs. It is also interesting how the building was adapted to different needs throughout the times.
In 2013, new complexes of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs were developed and located in the back yard, barely visible to any passers-by. Large glass galleries, vast general use spaces, conference halls, tempered glass floor and contemporary finishing materials – this is a new and very different philosophy for designing administrational buildings.
The synthesis of these two significantly different styles creates a unique opportunity to closely compare and evaluate the changes in the architectural and interior aesthetics, influenced by the change of the pollical regime and the emergence of the new generation of architects.