Efficiency of the government and consequently well-fare of the society is closely related to development of infrastructure. Ukraine is situated in advantageous geographic location, therefore it is twice as interested in arranging proper transportation system which will become a significant stimulus for economic growth. Creating the Center for Development of Innovative Transportation Technologies, KO+KO Architects considers their design as an incarnation of intents of the Ukrainian society to establish sustainable means of communication, as a fact of realizing its crucial importance for human life. Apart from the symbolic function, the center is thought to fulfill tasks announced in its name, thus providing ground for the developing of Ukraine. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The basis of the architectural scenario is constituted by the principles of biomechanics. This style affixes to relation between form and function dynamically playful character, allocates structural elements as key details of the architectural plot. The style appealed to illustrate the basic idea of perception of the edifice – as huge living mechanism. Biorhythm of the mechanism includes an entire network of factories that produce new ideas, concepts, innovative technologies, which eventually become brought into reality. It expressively demonstrates a fact of reconciliation of chaos and order, “orderly chaos.”
Structural clarity of this form is associated with plasticity and streamlining of vehicles, imposed by the laws of aerodynamics. Even in water, living organisms have the same form to reduce the friction force of the water. In this context, the edifice might be regarded as a huge underwater organism coming from the depths of the Dnieper River in order to relax after a long voyage, presenting its beauty and experience to human beings.
Seminal principles that define the specific form of the building:
- Demolition of actual standards with directed blast (creating chaos).
- Ordering of fragments
- Flowing the form through bionic impact
The carrying capacity of the bridge across the harbor is 20 thousand vehicles per day, length of the bridge – 385 m, the width of the roadway – 27.7 m. This is a free enough and high-speed traffic artery of the city. To facilitate the entrance to the facility it was set up an additional street from the Moskovskyi Bridge in the direction of Podil. Dynamic architecture of the building encourages dialogue with access road, forming a green park space on the one hand and the volume of the building on the other. The street itself is conventionally divided into three parts that establish maximum accessibility and functional unloading of the movement. The first branch of the road has an open parking for 20 cars, it is an orbital road that is designed for special equipment and personnel. The second branch leads to the scaffolding, forming part of the open exhibition and entry into the private exhibition. The third branch is a car park and driveway to the center.
The left wing of the building has a courtyard with the economic turn pocket for easy movement of freight cars. Through the first branch the one can contemplate a provision of urban amenities, which also serve as a resting-place (in addition, it is close to the projected subway station). The first branch will actually serve as a transit point for visitors, yet the central axis of the building will serve as the main access to the facility. It separates the general layout on mentioned car park and provision of urban amenities. Car park is designed for 140 vehicles with a possible extension and provision of separate facilities for disabled people at the top. The new building will become a prominent symbol of the quay. It can be regarded as a stand-alone edifice or as a part built in accordance with the principles of sustainable development of the future “City Center”.
Despite the complexity of the volume, the Center fulfills a simple thought-out function. Initially, staff and visitors enter into the central atrium, which also performs as an exhibition space. From the public area there is a convenient access to the offices and conference rooms, auditoriums and restaurants, which can be accessed using the atrium elevators.
The Center for Development of Innovative Transportation Technologies has a symbolic meaning. It absorbed light energy, life energy, energy of breakthrough, caught the mood which should inspire our country to new solutions, new architecture, new life.
Architect: KO+KO architects
Location: Ukraine, Kyiv
Project team: Zakhar Kozoliy, Oleksii Komarov
Project area: 17,860 sqm.
Project year: 2011