In Dnipro, Ukraine, sits a unique multi-purpose pavilion rich with historical roots and design influence. Stage is a collaborative project between architects from Ukraine, Poland, Denmark and Italy, crowdsourced and crowdfunded by the citizens of Dnipro. The site for the pavilion has been centered around community involvement throughout the complex history of Dnipro, but it has laid unused for over 70 years.
Stage is an emanation of the rich and vibrant culture and was built to accommodate the needs of dozens of artists, poets, painters and musicians, who previously relied on various spaces scattered around the city. Their "collective creative energy" was used to reactivate the lost community space. Stage was recently awarded Special Mention in the 2018 European Prize for Urban Public Space.
Read on for more about Stage and the collaborative effort that made this initiative possible.
Using extensive public outreach, the team behind Stage crowdsourced the project brief to the people of Dnipro. The community was also involved in crowdfunding the building materials, site preparation and even the manufacturing of the building components.
The structure includes a stage for performances, a lounge space and storage and is made almost entirely of simple materials like wood and plywood, with the goal of the project "to make each creative contribution clearly articulated in the design, while preserving coherency of the whole structure." During the summer of 2017, Stage hosted over 60 grassroots cultural events organized by the community of Dnipro.
Collective work is the essence of this project. In such a project, designing and building become a performative process – one, which needs to be designed and orchestrated.
- Kuba Snopek, Project Initiator and Director
In the spirit of the collective character of the project, the full credit list is detailed below:
Initiated by: Kuba Snopek, Kateryna Rusetska, Andrii Palash
Directed by: Kuba Snopek
Produced by: Andrii Palash
Leading architect: Tomasz Świetlik
Communication: Kateryna Rusetska
Event coordinator: Olga Samoylenko
Media production: Kateryna Kozlova
Volunteer coordination: Mariia Yarchuk
Collectively designed by:
Tomasz Świetlik (leading architect)
Jens Pedersen (computation)
Kamil Szołtysek (program)
Riccardo Mariano (geometry)
Katarzyna Dorda (landscape)
Anastasiia Tymchenko (context)
Denys Meshcheriakov (landscape)
Mykyta Momot (3D)
Anastasiia Ponomarenko (2D)
Consulting: Ira Lobanovskaya (strategy), Polina Chebotareva Between Architecture & People
(psychology), Dmytrо Taraba (construction and production), Dmytrо Kirpa (construction and
Research: Monika Pietrosian, Petro Vladimirov, Kasia Pabich, Anastasiia Skvarniuk, Maja Balwierz, Artem Ilyschenko
Crowdfunding: Kateryna Rusetska, Andrii Palash, Kuba Snopek
Main construction team: Tomasz Świetlik, Evhen Borysenko, HIP Park, Oleksii Drubych, Dmytro Driaiev, Valerii Boiko, Vlad Radionov, Mykola Foshchii, Kostiantyn Podobyed
Construction support: Hanna Zayikina, Ivan Maslennikov, Oleksandra Bilyayeva, Violetta Kim, Oleksandra Lukjanenko, Nadiia Koval, Oleksii Envald, Yurii Fomenko, Vlad Lemm, Valerii Kasyanenko, Kseniya Foshchii, Mitya Churikov, Mariia Dukarecz, Tymur Niyazov, Oleksandr Kotsiuruba, Yevhen Ragulin, Kostiantyn Cholovskyi, Dmytro Reshetov, Steph Franck, Thomas Dumke, Yevheniia Klunko, Yuri Birte Anderson, Yevheniia Morozova, Hanna Volodina, Viacheslav Koliesnikov, Reveka Ryzhykova, Kyrylo Kholopkin, Dasha Mashukova, Illia Reshetov, Viacheslav Ivankov, Viktoriia Rudiuk, Andrii Khomutov, Yuliya Ovcharenko, Bogdan
Moovin, Evgen Goncharov, Stanislav Pivonos, Georgiy Apahov, Yulia Apahova, Larisa Shevchenko, Mariia Vynarska
Backers: Ian Pèninșolar, Egor Zed, Volodymyr Lesnikov, A.Burtsev, Robert Lucyshyn, Kateryna Iliushenko, Anton Borzov, Viktoriia Semeshko, Iryna Lobanovska, Sergii Budnitsky, Anton Kharytonov, Anna Stetsenko, Olexandr Pochytalin, Pasha Tkachenko, Alex Polyakov, Sergii Aldosev, Dmytro Svetlichny, Dmytro Zhmurko, Veronika Demedetska, Yurii Artiukhov, Anna Markova, Denys Shcherbakov, Roman Tomilin, franktc, Rodion Sorokin, Teodor Mytsyk, Anton Vodopolov, Volynskyi Bohdan, Matthew Pearson Steel, Svitlana Volovych, Nataliia Kashirina, Mariia Uchitel, Alla & Dmitri, Mariia Lesnikova, Slava Kolesnikov, Viktoriia Nikitina, Yuriy Tymchuk, Andrey Korlyuk, Dmytro Inytskyi, Anton Piven, Michael Gendin, Dmytro Driaiev, Manuel Tanner, Harchenko Svitlana, Nataliia Tkachenko, Olena Chertilina, Anna Rudkevych, Mariia Dukarets, Anna Golubchenko, Olga Zelenska, Dmytro Zhmurko, Liza Temchenko, Family Bobko, Peter Rudenko, Alexey Tretiak, Dariia Gryshchenko, Oleksandr Kovtiukh, Artem Shyshkin, Kate Rohoza, Aleksandra Stolyar, Michael Obrizkiv, Kateryna Zemliankina, Vitalii Mashkara, Marek Ozyhar, Denys Meshcheriakov, Yevhen Hrinko, Oksana Mamchenkova, Savranskiy Dmytro, Volodymyr Stepanov, Oleksandr Omelnytskyi, Julia Gulitska, Andrii Pushkarov, Mariia Vynarska, Kate Velcheva, Puzko Vladyslava, Artem Shyshkin, Pereverziev Oleksii, Yurii Bulichev, Dariia Gryshchenko, Buffy Summers, Viacheslav Dosuzhiy, Konstantin Perets, Malovanyi Oleksandr, George Semikoff, Titus Kovalenko, Serdiuk Viacheslav, Mariia Biloshenko, Alexander Kotsuruba, Ihor Turlion, Viktoriia Ivanova, Klimova Inna, Cheshirskyi Kit, Khramtsovskyi Vitalii, Yevhen Hendin, Yevhen Borysenko, Dariia Senchykhina, Nicholas Moore, Sao Chan Cheong, Maja Plocienniczak, Yehor Tokmakov, Olga_K, Alexander Kotsuruba, Anton Borodulin, Anna Kosenko, Valentyna Kliuiko, Mariia Khomenko, Diana Suldina, Valentyna Kozlova, Andrii Ignat, Michael Gendin, Svitlana Kolodii, Roman Ustenko, Maryna Zhydkykh, Mykola Serdiuk, Evhen Tymoshenko, Alex Amyotov, Kirill Ulman, Lyu Zyuman, Julia Priimak, Anastasia Avramchuk, Anton Borodulin, Oleg Semikolenov, Niiazov Tymur, Oleksandr Siambanis, kier f miner, Oleksandr Ivliev, Iryna Yermakova
Design: Tetiana Kovtun, Danil Daneliuk
Photos: Sasha Burlaka, Vlad Lemm, Mariia Vynarska
Video production: Lera Malchenko, Oleksandr Hants
Collaboration: NGO Kultura Medialna, Capital of Culture, Work.ua, ask.fm, comfy, HIP Park, Greenwood, Just Club, Sayvo, Comfy, HIP Park