Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Urban Reclaiming the Shore in Kyiv, Ukraine by Taller 301 Architect
May 31st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Taller 301
After presenting the project before the jury members in Kyiv/Ukraine, TALLER 301 was awarded First Prize in the International Architecture Competition URBAN LANDSCAPING IN KYIV FOR EURO-2012. The project entitled Reclaiming the Shore consists of 413 hectares between the Dnieper River and the City Center, and envisions a series of interventions to be developed for the upcoming UEFA European Football Championship 2012 hosted in Kyiv, as well as a long term vision for the city.
THE DNIEPER WATERFRONT – KYIV BEYOND THE UEFA EURO-2012:
RECLAIMING THE SHORE – KYIV LANDBRIDGES:
IMPROVEMENT OF THE EXISTING PATH:
RING NODE STRATEGY – STRUCTURING THE LANDSCAPE:
EXTRACT FROM THE JURY REPORT: 1st PRIZE
On the scale of the Territory the project proposes to re-use the idea of wild life passages in an urban environment. The riverside park is extended over the road to reach the water in a series of green plateaus that can be programmed with public recreational programs as harbor baths, beaches or skiing hills. The land bridges are plausible as proposals, flexible as ideas, and beautifully visualized. As an overall vision they are addressing the challenge of the urban landscape of Kiev in a bold and very literal sense, while being flexible enough for further development. A challenge of the idea though, will be how to connect the plateaus individually along the water to improve the circulation in the park.
Between the city and the park the project proposes a series of ring-shaped bridges at selected infrastructural crossings. The bridges are not only a significant upgrade to the underground pedestrian passages of Kiev but will also become public spaces of their own – hovering between the trees in the park, or encircling a busy traffic node. The circles have an iconic quality and are addressing the need for an improved and recognizable pedestrian infrastructure as well as public gathering spaces for the 2012 Euro-cup.
The two ideas can work independently or together. The project is proposing tangible ideas that can work in the short term planning of the Euro-cup as well as in a long term vision for the city. With only few interventions Reclaiming the shore has the potential to strengthen the identity and enhance the recreational qualities of a unique urban landscape in Kiev.
COMPETITION TEAM: Pablo Forero, Julian Restrepo, Ivanovha Benedetto, Juan Carlos Cuberos, Manuela Mosquera, Susana Somoza and Alejandro Montoya.
TALLER 301 is an architecture studio based in Bogotá, Colombia. They work within the fields of architecture, urban planning and landscape design, with a highly academic approach through rigorous research and analysis. TALLER 301 is founded and lead by architects Julian Restrepo and Pablo Forero.
TALLER 301 has received numerous prizes in international architecture competitions such as “The Bering Strait Project” (1st Prize), an Adaptable Floating Gallery in London, England (2nd Prize), the Embankment for the Drava River in Maribor, Slovenia (3rd Prize), Social Housing in Luanda, Angola (Honorable Mention), as well as different national competitions.
They are currently commencing the construction of a house in the outskirts of Bogotá for the Zambrano-Clavijo family and will develop a 9,000 m2 Cultural Center for a university in Bogotá alongside TAB / Taller de Arquitectura de Bogotá.
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