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Kyiv: The Latest Architecture and News

Wood and Glass Villa / Karlikova Architects

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Balbek Bureau Develops Temporary Housing Scheme for Displaced Ukrainians

Since the beginning of the war, over 7.1 million people have been internally displaced within Ukraine. In response to this growing humanitarian crisis, Kyiv-based practice Balbek Bureau has developed a modular temporary housing system that aims to provide a dignified dwelling to internally displaced Ukrainians. RE:Ukraine is designed to adapt to different types of terrain and settlement density while being deployed in a short time frame. While the project was intended for areas of Ukraine that are not under fire, the framework can also accommodate refugees abroad.

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Chernobyl Journey Exhibition / balbek bureau

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  • Architects: balbek bureau
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1900
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021

Ukrainian Architectural Landmarks Face the Threat of Destruction

Photo by Andriyko Podilnyk on Unsplash . ImageLviv
Photo by Andriyko Podilnyk on Unsplash . ImageLviv

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unleashed a major humanitarian and refugee crisis, with 4.2 million people fleeing into neighbouring countries and 6.5 displaced internally. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 18 million people are projected to become affected in the near future with the current scale and direction of the ongoing military violence. In addition to the threat to human lives, Ukraine’s culture is also at risk, as cities and historic buildings are being destroyed. In March, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has expressed concern over the damage caused to historic landmarks in Ukraine and called for the protection of its cultural heritage. The following are some of Ukraine’s most prominent architectural landmarks, which are now in danger of being destroyed amid the conflict.

Rbrechko, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. ImageSt.Sophia's Cathedral, Kyiv. ImageSt. Sophia CathedralVia Shutterstock. ImageDerzhpromVia Shutterstock. ImageUkrainian wooden churchVia Shutterstock. ImageResidence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans+ 5

UNESCO Expresses Deep Concern Over Ukrainian Landmarks and Takes Action to Protect Endangered Heritage

Photo by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@dima_pima?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Dima Pima</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com/s/photos/lviv?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Unsplash</a>   . ImageLviv
Photo by Dima Pima on Unsplash . ImageLviv

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has expressed concern over the damage caused to historic landmarks in Ukraine and called for the protection of its cultural heritage. At the same time, the organization has taken action within its capabilities to help safeguard the endangered sites. Ukraine is home to seven World Heritage sites, including the 11th-century Saint-Sophia Cathedral and the entire ensemble of the Historic Centre of Lviv. In addition, several sites in the recently damaged cities of Kharkiv and Chernihiv were on the tentative list for potential nomination to World Heritage status.

<a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:80-391-0151_Kyiv_St.Sophia%27s_Cathedral_RB_18_2_(cropped).jpg">Rbrechko</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>, via Wikimedia Commons. ImageSt.Sophia's Cathedral, KyivPhoto by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@andriyko?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Andriyko Podilnyk</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com/s/photos/lviv?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Unsplash</a>   . ImageLvivPhoto by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@lifeinkyiv?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Eugene</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com/s/photos/kyiv?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Unsplash</a>   . ImagePecherskyi district in KyivPhoto by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@viktortalashuk?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Viktor Talashuk</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com/s/photos/kyiv?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Unsplash</a>   . ImageKyiv+ 5

On the Ongoing Hostilities: Architectural Institutions Rally in Support of Ukraine

On the 24th of February 2022, Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine. Set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis and armed conflict in this century, so far, this war has mobilized people across the world in order to exert pressure on authorities and put a stop to the armed hostilities. Individuals, as well as institutions in the architectural field, have taken part in these acts of solidarity, issuing statements, condemning actions, and even halting their work in Russia. From the UIA to MVRDV to Russian Institutions such as Strelka, the architecture world is denouncing the acts of violence and supporting an immediate cease of fire.

Kyiv, Ukraine - September, 2021: Maidan Nezalezhnosti square - aerial drone view. Monument of Independence. Image via Shutterstockvia MVRDV,  used under terms of "fair use"The Mirror Field Installation. Image Courtesy of BYHMCBabyn Yar Synagogue by Manuel Herz, image by Iwan Baan. Image Courtesy of BYHMC+ 5

Octo Tower / Goldakovskiy Group Architects

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Community Uproar Preserves One of Kyiv's Most Famous Modernist Building Facades

Following news of Edelburg Development's plans to completely remodel the modernist facade of Dytiachyi Svit (Kids’ World), one of Kyiv's most notable modernist buildings from the Soviet era, and replace it with an "unrecognizable" vibrant and contemporary design, members of the community and activists protested against the intervention, forcing all parties to agree on a design competition to restore the historical facade. Dmytro Aranchii Architects was selected as the winner of the competition, with a proposal that "traces the transition from the original building to the new one" in a minimalistic and recognizable stylization, preserving the original facade and complimenting it with a contemporary intervention.

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Terekh.Group Office / SHOVK

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  • Architects: SHOVK
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  140
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Professionals : Greenfort

Babyn Yar Synagogue / Manuel Herz Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021

Hillside House / TWO+

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Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Architects: TWO+
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Focus, Wever & Ducre, Alutech

DOT Coffee Station #1 / YOD Group

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  • Architects: YOD Group
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  30
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Cinca, Glazer, Plan b

Mirror Field Installation / Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center

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6:19 Studio / balbek bureau

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© Yevhenii Avramenko

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  • Architects: balbek bureau
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  111
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020

Mumbai Apartment / Nelly Prodan Design

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  62
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  CEA, Casabath, Casabath Soho, Equipe, Iris, +4

Istetyka Eatery / Yakusha Design & Architecture Studio

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