The main reason why Kyiv islands have become a wasteland is that they almost have no access from both sides of the river. For a 12-kilometer piece of land of Trukhaniv and Muromets islands there are only three points from which one can get into the area (from the Moscow bridge, from the pedestrian bridge and from Hydropark). Hardly anybody can cover the distance on foot and get pleasure from walking and contemplation.
Team: Volodymyr Petrov, Oleksiy Petrov, Iryna Miroshnykova, Anna Dobrova, Alisa Magirovska, Dmytro Prutkin, Vadim Sidash, Victoria Leonchenko, Anton Prihod'ko
Collaboration: Bassinet Turquin Paysage
The park consists of ten corridors. They are the landscape stripes except for the Smartroad that crosses the park from north to south. It consists of two levels: a monorail and a motorway. A seven-station monorail allows an even distribution of people arriving from left and right banks. The motorway connecting Rusanivka and Obolon neighborhoods is plugged in to existing highway crossings. It is a tollroad with a 60 km/h speed limit: to use it you have to pay. A Smartroad itself consists of piezoelectric elements that generate electricity from contact of the car wheels with the road. The amount of energy generated is enough to power the monorail, lighten the park and charge the electric car batteries. Under the road is a pipe that disallows the polluting gas to escape into the atmosphere. The pipe absorbs CO2 and delivers it to a carbon dioxide processing unit (CDPU) on the edge of Kyiv. The gas passes through a filtration process and feeds microscopic seaweed. The seaweed is used to produce fuel.
It's a long time since the Druzhby Narodiv Park on Trukhaniv island has become a place for extreme sports. There is a whole bunch of activities there: an amateur offroad motortrack, trial and bmx sites, the school of wakeboarding, a place for techno-trance music parties under the Moscow bridge. A piece of vacant land in the center of Kyiv evolutioned in one of the best sites for youth’s active entertainment. The activities that naturally filled the area have to be preserved and encouraged. On the north-east the X-Camp is bounded by Lapuhovaty island. This is why rather noisy activities (e.g., dancing, skating, offroad) are set closer to existing highway and they become quiter (e.g., chess, frisby, golf) as they get closer to the reserved area. The X-Camp also includes a temporary accomodation for guests from other countries taking part in competitions.
The south-western part of Trukhaniv will become an art residence. It will give the most talented artists from all-over the world a possibility to bring their ideas to life. This is a place for self-fulfilment and creativity. Life in the art residence is funded with grants from international foundations. The artworks created here while taking part in exhibitions all-over the world will popularize Ukraine. The space of the art residence is composed of the single-story houses (temporary accomodation for the artists) and pieces of flat walls standing here and there all over the place. The wall surfaces form an open-air exhibition and a natural space for performance.
Le promenade corridor is a planted pedestrian and bicycle path. The Boulevard corridor is a transition space between the park and the urbanized area. The productive corridor is a place where fruit trees are planted. The waterfront corridor is a natural area that implements an anti-erosion strategy. The brook corridor provides water throughout the whole area of the project. The wetlands are located on both sides of the brook. The ecotone corridor is a protective space between the park and the adjacent areas. The native forest corridor consists of native plants. A maximum of existing trees is placed here. The evergreen corridor keeps the park green all year long. The crossing space between corridors is an essential part of design. There are three kinds of crossings:
- geometrical mix: the transition between the corridors is made formal.
- ecological mix: the crossing of two corridors creates a new ecosystem that takes 50% from each environment.
- typological mix: in the crossing site a new planted space emerges with no direct relation to either of the corridors.
The curves and the crossings of the corridors generate open spaces. Depending on shape, size and location these clearings have different typologies. They can be lawns, pastures, flowering meadows, orchards, botanical fields, playgrounds or even small sites for commerce (kiosk, newsstand etc).