The competition brief was to save and expose existing foundations of the Uspenskyy Cathedral. A plot is located in Krylos, not far from the small city Galych, which used to be a capital of Galycko-Volynske kingdom. The place has a rich history and plays an important role in the formation of Ukrainian state. The grave of a king Yaroslav Osmomysl has been found in the local Cathedral.
As the time passed, lot’s of archaeological research has been conducted. The area around the ruins of the Uspenskyy Cathedral is now a historical heritage reserve. Still the ruins of the stone foundations of the Cathedral were left exposed to the sun, rain and the wind for a long time. The goal was to secure and conserve the existing foundations and safely show them to the visitors.
It was crucial to express the local history with the new structure, not just to make a spectacular pavilion. The structure of the Cathedral foundations is quite regular with a distinct altar part. The plot sits on the slope, inclined to the North-East, exactly where the altar used to be. Which makes this part of foundations naturally more visible than the other one. The Altar part (315 sq.m.) has been cleared to the height of 2 meters, as the most valuable one. The other 764 sq.m. of foundations are preserved, covered and traced by the paving on top of them. Following the slope, the area around the foundations is escavated on the East and the South side. The underground space in the South serves as a part of a New Museum. The East side is continuously opening itself by glazing as the slope inclines to the North. The North-East corner is the most open one and houses the main entrance to the Pavilion.
Visual contacts with the foundations are now possible both inside and outside of the Pavilion. First the visitors can see the 2 meters height foundations through the large glazing on the North-East. The second contact is inside the Pavilion, where you can face the altar part extremely close. One more level of showcasing the ruins is through the rectangular sky domes on top of the roof. The roof above the altar part is flawlessly turns into an open square above the conserved part of the foundations. The square advances to the West, wrapping the new church. Here we visitors can explore the upper level of a continuous public space. The square acts as a connection between the new and the old. There are no barriers such as stairs or walls. Just a place, sharing the memory by tracing the part of the preserved foundations. And showing the saved ruins by opening the altar part.
The marble cube is placed on the roof above the center of an altar, symbolizing the religious significance of the Uspenskyy Cathedral in the past. The roof is used as an observation deck with a beautiful area views to the East.
Krylos, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
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Taras Sulyk, Roman Sulyk, Olena Artemchuk, Ivan Markovych