Project: Urbanideas 
Project location: Franka str. 58, Lviv, Ukraine.
Design year: 2021
Project status: competition

Client: Department of architecture and urbanistic | Lviv City Council 

Awards: First Prize of the competition.
As part of the reconstruction, we preserve and restore the historic one-story building, located with the main facade to I. Franka Street, thus preserving the formed silhouette of the street and its chamber character of the beginning of the 19th century. Therefore, in our idea there was a place for a small hut, which will perfectly perform the function of a lecture hall and a hall for meetings of a larger gathering of people, and will also be a symbol of the passage of time and the eternity of life's values.

The main building of the Center was located behind the one-story building, on the second plan. In this way, the simplicity of the new volume creates a background for the historical building present here, which is richer in decor and details. The main building recedes deep into the courtyard, in such a way as not to overlap the still usual silhouettes of the church and monastery for perception from the street. In addition, due to the fact that the facade of the new building was located at an angle to the existing front of the street development, we managed to incorporate a large volume, not hiding the usual view on a hill with greenery, which opens like a window to the natural world from the almost entirely built-up street of I. Franka.

The functional structure of the Center is built in such a way that the most external functions (open lectures, community gatherings, etc.) will take place in the premises of the old building, located closest to the outside world - the street. Functions that are more intimate in nature, such as trainings, classes with a psychologist, rehabilitator, speech therapist, etc. are located further from the outside world - in the depths of the new building. 
Also vertically there is a segregation of functions from more visited to more private:
The first floor accommodates the reception, a free hall, a small cafe, recreational spaces, rooms behind glass partitions for group and individual classes. The first floor connects directly with the inner courtyard - access to the terrace and stairs for sitting.
The second floor contains a large cafeteria with a kitchen. There is also a small chamber terrace for gatherings
between the noise of the street and the center.
On the third floor, the rooms for individual classes are mainly concentrated.
The fourth floor contains spaces for free use: quieter activities: yoga, therapeutic gymnastics, more active activities: table tennis, rock climbing, dancing. Sensory zones: mobile, relaxation, power, musical.

Thanks to the increase in the height of the building to the height of the neighboring building, we have the opportunity to use the built-up spot as efficiently as possible and accommodate the entire range of the center's premises. But despite that the overall volume is not massive, as all the roof slopes reproduce the angles of the neighboring roofs of the historic street building.

This project also takes into account the economic aspect and suggests using the most energy-efficient walls and energy-saving glazing. Most of the facades are made of a brick wall, only a smaller facade is glazed - to ensure the maximum connection of the users of the Center with the surrounding
natural environment. But there are also beautiful views from the windows of the building, as are the window openings have specially turned ends in the direction of more beautiful views.

We have unobstructed access to the courtyard of the Center from both the street and the building - immediately to the terrace and stairs for seating and a ramp. The glazing of the first floor ensures an additional visual connection of visitors with the environment.
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