The lively spirit of the city centre is currently taking over former industrial areas. One of these areas is Honcharivka. The context of the project is a former factory built in 1889. Back then, a steam-powered confectionary and pasta factory (later known as The 2nd Krupska State Confectionary) used to be the leader of confectionary industry in the Russian Empire. The factory had fantastic palatial architecture – with a central building and two side wings.
The goal of the design project is to create a new trigger facing the riverfront that will encourage the development of the whole neighbourhood. The balance between commercial and public facilities is expected to create a new urban space – open, lively, and vibrant with events.
Unfortunately, the property is in a very bad condition today, with lots of original features gone forever. That’s why, our first goal was to conserve everything that is left on the site.
New volumes are inverted against the old blocks, which helps to make the best use of this small plot and preserve most of the walls. This puts a completely different perspective on the factory walls. Their exterior becomes integrated into the interior of the public spaces, and the remaining partition walls become part of the paving of the embankment and of the foreground square.
The apartment tower joins a chain of landmarks along the river bank. It doesn’t impede sight lines and enhances the scale of the street preparing a soft transition to the domineering complex dating back to the second part of the XX century that suddenly appears right beyond the dam.
The place offers marvellous opportunities for new businesses, economy, and entertainment, in the form of a multifunctional hub that can accommodate various exhibitions, educational initiatives, offices, and even apartments. We believe that this synergy has every chance of becoming a tremendous success.
The central building works as the principal public axis. It can serve as a venue for major public activities.
The ground floor is occupied by various public spaces. They flow into each other creating a seamless open structure that links Kontorska street with the embankment and continues into the bridge. This helps to integrate the entire complex into the busy pedestrian traffic of the existing embankment.
The plot is located on the border between two contrasting urban scales: the widest part of the Lopan river a short distance away from the dam is counterposed against the quiet low-rise historic neighbourhood of Kontorska street.