The project of reconstruction of Teatralna Square provides for the lift in Uzhgorod Mayor's stall
Recently in Uzhgorod, they announced the results of the competition for preliminary designs of the comprehensive improvement of the pedestrian zone in the old town and adjacent areas. As a result, in the near future, so far only on Teatralna square, the utilities will be replaced, new paving and fountain will appear.
The procedure of the competition definitely raises many questions: the notification on the official website of Uzhgorod City Council in February stated that the duration of the contest was one month. Later, probably due to legal requirements, it was extended to 4 months. Terms and conditions of competition remain anonymous for the general public - they were not published neither on the official site nor in the municipal newspaper. Those who wished to participate in the competition were advised by the city council to learn about the terms and conditions directly in the department of architecture and urban planning (which, by the way, contradicts the order of the Cabinet on the procedure of architectural and urban planning competitions). The information about the qualitative and quantitative composition of the jury was not made available to the public either - the names of those who evaluated preliminary designs are now published for the first time by Zakarpattya online.
But, despite the somewhat suspicious descreetness of the competition, it did take place: at the beginning of this month, the members of the jury chose the project of Roman Danylevych from Lviv. The published preliminary design is not the final and ultimate version of the reconstruction of the central square of the city. The jury expressed a lot of comments to the proposed design that must now be taken into account in the design and estimate documentation.
For example, objections were raised about the possible appearance of a so-called portal near the Philharmonic building: some kind of a glass structure, resembling a trade booth, or a basement extension for the architectural monument. Uzhgorod residents, who remember the scandalous illegal construction in the context of which the name of the Mayor Victor Pogorelov was mentioned, could not help but notice a strange coincidence: the glass "thing" on the sketch stood exactly where in January 2012, the unauthorized foundation was situated.
Bearing in mind that dishonest city officials have already encroached on the area once, it is logical to suspect another attempt to appropriate an attractive piece of the territory in the city center "bypassing" public opinion. However, according to people who have information about the project, the glass structure in front of the Philharmonic represents a sort of a "portal" - something like an elevator, which would provide for Uzhgorod residents and visitors a descent to the lower promenade.
A group of authors, who will be developing the reconstruction project, will decide about the re-pavage of the square - the new pavement must not distort the atmosphere of old historic center. There is a "backup" option of pavage with sett, but since it is not very convenient, they will chose some other alternative materials. Experts say, that sandstone will be appropriate in this case: unlike the cold and "glass" granite or elegant, but expensive marble, sandstone is more affordable and at the same time, a noble material that should emphasize the shape and features of the historic center. However, the question of pavage materials will be discussed later: the first problem to be solved is the update of utilities.
The project of reconstruction of the Teatralna Square will be developed by a team of authors, including architects from Uzhgorod. The winner of preliminary designs, Roman Danylevych, is also a member of the creative team who has a specific license for designing in the old town and who specializes in the update of the utilities, and he will be dealing primarily with this aspect of designing...
When a proper Teatralna Square reconstrution project has been developed, the authors promise to bring it to the review by the Urban Planning Board and make a presentation to the general public with the participation of journalists. However, when exactly it will happen is now hard to say: there is a lot of work in this area. So now we can only wait for the publication of the finished extensive reconstruction project, relying on professionalism, common sense and good taste of the creative team of developers.