/ Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
 / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
 / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
 / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street

Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street

Years
2020-2021
Location
Ukraine, Kyiv
Type
Project area
650 m²
Client
'SAGA Development'
State
In the process of implementation
Task
To create a cozy yard without major interventions. To integrate the playground and tiles that were already built there. To green the space and make it attractive.
Challenge
To set a new trend in the city development by creating a human-centric space in the Kyiv city center where cars dominate the area. To show that this is possible even without large-scale construction work.
Solution
We took into account the characteristics of the environment and turned the shortcomings of the location into a highlight, that will make the space recognizable and give it unique features. To do this, we used the approaches of tactical urbanism. We divided the location into various functional zones to make it interesting for different types of users.

Location

The 'CHICAGO Central House' residential complex is situated on 44 Antonovycha street in Kyiv city center, a few blocks away from the 'Olimpiysky' National Sports Complex. This area is full of business activity and new fascinating architecture.

 / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street

The architecture of the 'CHICAGO' residential complex is reminiscent of American cities. The same cities that gave the world a fashion to build skyscrapers and a high level of motorization. We observe this tendency around the Antonovycha street complex as well. The area is very dense and multi-story. Next to the complex lays a busy main street and a parking lot.

Location context / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Location context
Starting conditions. Courtyard / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Starting conditions. Courtyard

Ідея

The character of the surrounding area and the architecture of the complex prompted us to the main idea. We decided to transform a paved space into a cozy city courtyard by using methods of tactical urbanism.

In solving our problem, we provide an example of quality change without capital interventions and stimulate further transformations in this area.

At first, we linked the yard to the environment by using yellow road markings to zone the space. With this, we also emphasize the similarity between the yard and the city street.

Then, we placed comfortable wooden decks and mobile furniture on different sides of the yard. They are surrounded by dense greenery in tubs of numerous sizes.

This contrast between greening and the urban environment gives a strong impression on a public space user.

Master plan / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Master plan
Project sketches / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Project sketches

This method once became very popular in American cities. There, under the influence of Jane Jacobs' ideas, city planners began to turn congested traffic streets into cozy public spaces for people.

Project design

While planning the territory, we based our decisions on the initial conditions of the yard. The spot already had a playground build on it and gray tiles laid on the plaza. The diagonal contour of the playing field has defined the shape of the space. We continued its slanted boundary with the yellow marking on the tiles.

 / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street

Although our yard is small-scaled, we found room for various functional areas. In addition to the playground, there is a plaza open to the activities and creativity of residents. There's also a green zone next to the benches-terraces and a summer cafe with street tables.

Zoning / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Zoning

Playground

The playground had already been done before our involvement in this project. It is located on the edge of the courtyard stylobate overlooking the parking lot and its shape has largely dictated the overall planning decision.

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Plaza

We left an open square in the center of the courtyard. It has become the core that gathers all other functional areas around itself. Space can adapt to the different needs of residents, leaving them the space for transformation and creativity.

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Summer cafe

A street terrace with cafe tables is located in the far corner of the courtyard. To furnish this area, we used outdoor furniture from manufacturers such as mmcite and HIS. The cafe area is also surrounded by a variety of greenery in tubs. A special atmosphere in the evening is added to it by decorative lighting with lamps on wires stretched between the available lanterns.

 / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street

Terraces

Bench terraces, placed in different areas, are a crucial part of the project. They complement the landscaping and allow you to interact with it.

The terraces have wooden cladding mounted on a metal frame. They are installed on the pavement in the yard without major construction work. This leaves room for transformation in the future if the need arises.

Location of street furniture / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Location of street furniture
Construction of terraces / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Construction of terraces

Greening

Our yard is located straight above the underground parking lot, surrounded by asphalt and tiles. To liven up space, we used tubs of various sizes from small to large. Their diversity brings curiosity and comfort to the area. Also, it reminds us of American plazas, where this approach is popular.

Tubs have a diameter of up to 1.6 m. The largest of them are custom-made out of concrete. Small ones are made of clay and manufactured by the Danish company bgreen

Plant pots / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Plant pots
Plant pots' placement plan / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Plant pots' placement plan

The largest flower pots contain full-sized October Glory red maple trees. They create shade in the yard and frame the space with greenery. A variety of decorative plants grow in smaller containers and create a unique mood by changing their appearance as the year goes. Also, we used such plants as lilac, various varieties of hydrangea, small-plum plum, mountain pine, and others in landscaping.

In addition to trees and bushes, perennial ground cover plants also play an essential role in landscaping, including Bieberstein's sagebrush, sage, Fassen's cattail, etc.

Planting plan&spec. Trees and bushes / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Planting plan&spec. Trees and bushes
Planting plan&spec. Flowers / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street
Planting plan&spec. Flowers

This project is important value-wise. It shows that you can create a cozy space even in an auto-centric environment. You don't always need extensive construction work to transform a piece of the busy street into a center of peoples' life and leisure. With a touch of tactical urbanism, it's possible to do anywhere.

We hope that this project will set a new trend in the arrangement of Ukrainian yards and public spaces, and will lead as an example of the new quality of the urban environment. 

 / Residential complex courtyard, 44 Antonovycha street

Landscape architecture studio 'KOTSIUBA'

Maksym Kotsiuba, Mariia Andrienko, Julia Vygnan

 

Dendrologist

Olena Balzhyk

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