- contemporary architecture
In the center of Vitebsk, “City-Arch” is designing a new administration and business centre. Its image includes the stylistic devices of contemporary architecture as well as the features of the surrounding historical housing.
The land site, on which the new complex will be built, is located in the very heart of this old Byelorussian city. The range of its immediate neighbours includes two and three-storey houses of the late XIX - early XX centuries that are of historical value, and the famous Patronage of the Mother of God Cathedral. At the same time, the future construction site itself has been a sheer wasteland for the last three decades. Visually, this place has always been perceived as a gap and a regretful deficiency in the historical fabric of the city, and has long since been in need of attention from the town-planning standpoint. Valery Lukomsky shares that the starting point during the development of the master plan and the architectural composition was the fact that the future centre would be located next to the famous Cathedral. Eventually, the architects were able to tactfully and gracefully penetrate the cityscape and thus express the idea of the connection between the present, the past, and the future.
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