Buddy’s House / Sergey Makhno

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Architects: Sergey Makhno
Location: , Kyivs’ka oblast, Ukraine
Area: 235.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

“Superstructure”: 11 Projects That Defined Kiev’s Soviet Modernism

Pavilion “Transport”, from the of Achievements of the National Economy of USSR. Image Courtesy of Valentyn Shtolko

Around the globe, the post-war years were a period of optimism and extreme experimentation. On both sides of the cold war’s ideological divide, this optimism found its greatest expression, architecturally speaking, in modernism - but of course, the particular circumstances of each city offered a unique spin on the modernist project. According to the curators of “Superstructure,” an exhibition presented at Kiev’s Visual Culture Research Center from January 28th to February 28th, the utopian architectural works of Kiev represented ”an attempt to transform the city into the environment for materialization of artistic thinking – in contrast to the strict unification of city space by typical construction and residential blocks.” Architects such as Edward Bilsky and Florian Yuriyev, often working in collaboration with artists such as Ada Rybachuk and Volodymyr Melnychenko attempted to create projects that were a complete synthesis of architecture and art – an approach to design that often didn’t sit well with the Ukrainian authorities of the time.

Featuring research by Alex Bykov, Oleksandr Burlaka and Oleksiy Radynski, “Superstructure” examined the projects which were typical of this particular cultural moment in Kiev. After the break, we present this research, and a selection of images from the exhibition.

Office Zotov & Co / Architecture bureau Zotov&Co

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Architects: Architecture bureau Zotov&Co
Location: , city,
Project Leader: Ekaterina Dolhaya
Chief Architect: Viktor Zotov
Team: Oleg Selivanov, Roman Slyadnev
Area: 70.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andriy Mihailov

City of Kyiv Launches ‘Terra Dignitas’ Revolution Memorial Competition

’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Image © Flickr CC User Peter Collins

The City of Kyiv has launched an international design competition aiming to commemorate the lives lost in Ukraine‘s Maidan Revolution, both through a memorial to their memory and through implementing the ideals of the revolution in the urban space surrounding Maidan Nezalezhnosti. The competition, honed through months of public discussions and consultations, is being organized by the Kyiv City State Administration and ’s Ministry of Culture. More details after the break.


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Architects: FORM
Location: , city, Ukraine
Architects In Charge: Victoriia Shkliar, Olga Antontseva
Area: 120.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrey Bezuglov

Sergey Makhno Office and Showroom / Sergey Makhno + Illya Tovstonog

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Architects: Sergey Makhno , Illya Tovstonog
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

Mini Shopping Mall Takes Top Prize in CANactions Youth Competition

Courtesy of Valentyn Sharovatov

The top prize in CANactions‘ 2014 Youth Competition has been awarded to Valentyn Sharovatov of Unika Architecture & Urbanism, for his ”Extrasmall Shopping Mall”, a design for a miniature shopping center on a tight site on Lviv. CANactions is Ukraine‘s largest architectural event, running since 2008.

The design by Sharovatov activates a neglected public square, using the draw of cafes and retail to regenerate this small corner of . More on the design after the break.

Shustov Brandy Bar / Studio Belenko

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Architects: Studio Belenko
Location: , Oblast,
Architect In Charge: Denis Belenko Design Band
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pavel Babienko

How Kiev’s Independence Square Helped Spur an Uprising

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In a fascinating article for the GuardianOwen Hatherley visits Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in Kiev, the public square at the heart of the Ukranian revolution that ironically was designed under Stalin as a Baron Hausmann-style weapon against uprisings. Hatherley examines how elements of the public space were utilized by protesters, and how different areas of the square are now hosting a variety of political factions. You can read the full article here.

User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition

The recently announced ‘User-Generated Kyiv Ideas Competition‘ is searching for creative ideas and architectural solutions on building a better city. In nowadays circumstances, where citizens arise and understand that a city should be built by its citizens, the competition aims to convert the maximum energy generated by the revolutionary wave into urban ideas and new functions of public space.

The jury includes Ai Weiwei, Haris Piplas, Heribert Wolfmayer, Stefano Regazzo and Marc Jay

UPDATE: The registration is open until March 17 has been extended to April 25th (18:00 Kiev time) and projects must be submitted by April 17 April 27th (18:00 Kiev time). For more information, please click here.

Notting Hill / Yunakov architects

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Architects: Yunakov architects
Location: Kyyiv, city,
Design Team: Yunakov Ivan, Kornienko Olga, Karpov Andrey
Area: 170 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Oleg Stelmah

Confectionery Factory Roshen / Yunakov Architects

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Architects: Yunakov Architects
Location: , Vinnyts’ka oblast, Ukraine
Design Team: Yunakov Ivan, Yunakov Fedor
Year: 2012
Photographs: Oleg Stelmah

House in Dniepropetrovsk / Yuriy Eroshik + Victoriya Yakusha

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Architects: Yuriy Eroshik + Victoriya Yakusha
Location: Dnipropetrovs’k, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast,
Design Team: Yuriy Eroshik, Victoriya Yakusha
Interior Design: Victoriya Yakusha, Diana Kashiya, Yuriy Cugankov
Area: 2,000 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Yakusha Design

Restaurant “Odessa” / YOD Design Lab

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Architects: YOD Design Lab
Location: Chervonoarmiyska street, Kotsyubyns’ke, Kyivs’ka oblast,
Creative Director: Volodymyr Nepyivoda
Art Director: Dmitriy Bonesko
Designer: Volodymyr Nepyivoda, Dmitriy Bonesko
Graphic Designer: Ilya Nepravda
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

Water Patio House / Drozdov & Partners

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Architects: Drozdov & Partners
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Oleg Drozdov, Alexander Strulev
Landscape: Jeroen Schipper Architecten
Area: 725 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

Kyiv Culture Space on Andriivskyi Descent Competition Entry / Dmytro Aranchii Architects

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Dmytro Aranchii Architects shared with us their proposal for the cultural space on the Andriivskyi descent, an educational competition sponsored by ESTA Holding earlier this year. The challenge was to create an architectural concept of the Yunist factory former site development, and out of 1 hectare, the competition terms determined the cultural space as 10-15 percent of the area linked to the Andriivskyi descent, and the rest of it was for commercial use. This consists of a multifunctional cultural space with an integrated chamber music hall. Besides the hall, the architects suggested to place a literature space in the cultural center suitable for seminars, conferences, meetings of readers and writers, poets and essayists, as there is a lack of such place in . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Beton Restaurant / Yunakov architects

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Architects: Yunakov architects
Location: , Ukraine
Design Team: Yunakov Ivan, Karpov Andrey, Yaroslav Katrich
Area: 860 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Oleg Stelmah / Electraua

IT Park Proposal / ZA Architects

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With the main challenge of providing an environment for the prosperous IT business incubator in city, the design by ZA Architects creates favorable conditions for the creation and development of the new ideas in the multi-component environment. The design backbone is the provocation of communication between people, casual acquaintances, experience sharing, receiving of new knowledge and social events of all kinds. More images and architects’ description after the break.