Constitution Square, Kharkiv

Architect: Dmytro Kaleniuk, Alexander Zhidkov, Aleksandr Strulev
Location:  Kharkiv, Ukraine
2012 y.

With all its ambiguity in the quality of design and finishing works, the global “European-quality repair” of facades in the city of Kharkov exudes unbending optimism. I would like to support this impulse, but not limited to “painting buildings”. Common areas are also in need of significant modernization. And if you start to deal with them, then it would be quite logical to start from the oldest square in the city of Kharkov – Constitution Square.

Of course, you can limit yourself to “standard” landscaping, breaking up flower beds and flower beds, arranging benches and fountains that will be idle for a good half of the year due to winter cold. But it is better to go further and create a modern public space with a poly-function.

With this BLITZ-PROJECT, we propose to organize a multifunctional indoor multi-level city square. The spatially forming element is a ramp, in shape resembling a kind of Mobius loop. Along the outer radius of the ramp, rooms of equal area are located, having an approximated, translucent wall, the height of which increases as the ramp is lowered. The filling of these areas can be very diverse, from art shops, music shops to chamber exhibition halls. The lowest level, along the perimeter, is occupied by catering facilities: coffee shops and cozy restaurants. The central core, which has a terraced structure, is used for mass events such as:

  • Organization of exhibitions of works by contemporary artists and sculptors.
  • Organization of theatrical performances, concerts, literary readings, competitions, fashion shows.
  • Organization of viewing of football matches and other sports TV broadcasts.
  • Organization of public hearings.

The roof of the atrium space is a perforated spatial shell filled with translucent acrylic.

The problem with most Ukrainian squares is that they rarely meet the needs of modern citizens. It is difficult to imagine a more overwhelming and uncomfortable atmosphere than the space of modern Kharkiv squares. What can make ordinary townspeople go out into the summer heat or winter cold on these open spaces?