The project was a masterplan for the riverfront of Kiev proposing solutions that could be achieved in time for the euro 2012 football tournament, which the Ukraine was co-hosting with Poland, along with a long term vision for the city.
NAAU’s proposal sought to reconnect the city of Kiev with its waterfront area and the Dnieper River. As a primary means of communications and trade between the Ukraine and its neighbours, the river played a major role in the development of the city. Present day Kiev is characterised by a strong degree of separation from river, as evidenced through the expressway that runs along its western shore.
The proposal seeks to break down and blur the barrier between the city and its river. Along the embankment leading down to the water there is a large network of monuments, historical sites, parks and tourist attractions. The masterplan identifies key points throughout the area that provide opportunities to easily connect through from the city edge to the waterfront. At the end of these connections are a series of new river front activity precincts, including river baths, and ice skating rink/arena, night time entertainment district, parking structures and a ferris wheel. These new node points are connected along the river by a refurbished tourist tramway and a new water bus.
As a part of the project NAAU looked in detail at how this plan could be enacted at Poshtova square, an area to north of the city connected to the upper city by a funicular railway. The proposal is divided into two stages. first a modest urban landscape intervention in time for the euro 2012 football tournament, including a landscaped public bowl on the square itself, boardwalk waterfront and a series of small pavilions providing retail, information and public toilets. Beyond 2012 the square was to be configured with the inclusion of a pedestrian deck bridging the Naberzhne highway, connecting the square down to the river and providing a range of new boutique retail tenancies, bars, restaurants and a tourist lookout over the Dnieper river.
John Doyle, Laura Martires
Completed Concept Design