year : 2015
location : Kyiv, Ukraine
type : public building / renovation
status : international competition Ist prize
authors: Serhii Ferlei, Yurii Ignatenko, Denys Matvienko, Anton Oliynyk, Olena Orap, Mariia Pakhomova, Oleksii Pakhomov, Andriy Schulyar
Ukrainian House on the European Square — A Place Where Ukraine Meets Europe
The Ukrainian House became the locus of many social activities and a place for free artistic expression in the early days of the Revolution of Dignity.
The purpose of this project is to provide newly emerged social practices and initiatives with a space for growth, enabling them to transform the society and turn the lifeless shell of the former Lenin Museum into one of the best multipurpose cultural centers in Europe.
The Ukrainian House needs to open up for visitors from all over the world and serve as a living poster for the Ukrainian values born during the Revolution of Dignity: Freedom, Dignity, Unity and Community.
The project relies on the building gentrification, imbuing it with new uses while preserving the existing framework. The project conforms with existing regulations related to the historical preservation. Considering that the building was initially conceived as a “Pantheon”, changing its purpose only later, it demands adjustment of scale, making it more humane.
The European Square is to become human-scale public space, unencumbered by monuments, where everyone could personally feel that a human being represents the most valued asset of the European civilization.
The area around the Ukrainian House is an all-season public space offering a plethora of events and social experiences. In order to make the building a natural destination for citizens and tourists the project proposes to establish a pass through the building (by making an access doorway on the north elevation from the conference hall roof level). This will connect a European Square with Volodymyrska Hill Park making a Ukrainian House a connector.
Various spaces around the Ukraine House include 5 distinguished functional areas: a public square (the European Sq.); the Ukrainian House front area for meetings and getting together; a court for street arts, sports and games; an amphitheater for performing arts and community activities; and a maintenance court.
A public square is a renovated pedestrianized space on the European Square, featured by a green artificial hill (extension of Khreschatyi Park) and an urban bath shaped amphitheater (which bottom is connected with existing underground passage). The hill and the amphitheater combined equipped with various types sitting places and ground water fountain serve as places for observation and intimacy allowing multiple spatial experiences. Existing underground passages are to be converted into public bike parking and bike rental spot. The traffic flow is reorganized by shrinking the car lanes while providing new bus and bicycle lanes as well as bringing the pedestrian circulation up to the ground level.
The area in front of the Ukrainian House features sitting terraces aside from the main stairs converted from existing flowerbeds.
These terraces surrounded by decorative trees become a comfortable space for sitting and waiting allowing a vast observation of the square with its surroundings.