CONCEPT OF RESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF KYIV ISLANDS
Status: International Architectural Competition / Municipal enterprise "Kyiv system management" (Kyiv City State Administration)
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Architect: Leonidas Papalampropoulos- ldlp
Team: Leonidas Papalampropoulos
Structural Engineer: Marinos Kattis
Kyiv islands are an urban paradox as the country side divides the city into two parts. The in between area due to its size can hardly be recognized as a big urban park and remains unclassified with standard urban terminology. At present time it‘s a huge uncontrollable recreational area that creates an edge between the banks of the Dnieper.
The aim of the proposal is to preserve the natural ecosystem and create new urban potentials. In order to combine two contradictory elements such as the ecosystem and the city, an Apparatus (Prosthesis) is inserted into the landscape in the form of a Suspended Monorail Tram system with an Elevated Pedestrian route that intersects with the islands and connects all possible activities. Program is organized on the apparatus with the form of spot sites that follow the linear development and create glades in the forest. The masterplan respects the given zoning of the area and embodies central key aspects of the city into the device. The proposal can be summarized in the follow urban components:
a. The Suspended Monorail line- Pedestrian Route
The Key component of the plan runs through the islands and leaves the landscape untouched. Tram Stations are added in necessary parts.
b. The Spot Site.
Program is inserted into the spots and forms space according function and scale. Six spot sites are on the first group and three on the second depending on topological and programmatic needs of the proposal. The Spots continue the flow of the landscape or leave the ground untouched (hotel case).
The waterfront, untouched from urban mass (the skyline is preserved) is reinforced with recreational activities such as beaches, water in water pools and walking decks. The new port –in Spot Site 4- reorganizes boat circulation and removes unnecessary components.