The Sevastopol Architectural Council considered the concept of improvement of the Balaklava embankment
On November 7, the Architectural and Artistic Council, chaired by the Governor of the city of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, considered the concept of improvement of the Balaklava Bay embankment. The project was presented by the head of NEKID LLC Nikolai Strelkovich.
The concept for landscaping the embankment involves the use of bionic forms that follow the contours of nature and strengthen the connection between the embankment style and the surrounding area. As the main architectural technique, we chose the bio-tech style, which combines new technologies and natural elements to create a unique environment. We respect the past, look carefully to the future, and at the same time fit our architecture into its cultural and natural context. We use materials and solutions that are in harmony with the architectural context of the city, as well as with the style of the yacht marina and the bionics of the yachts themselves, to create a unified style and harmonious atmosphere— quotes the press service of the Government of Sevastopol Nikolai Strelkovich.
The governor noted that the proposed project concerns exclusively the improvement of the embankment and does not provide for global changes to the already established appearance of Balaklava.
At the same time, we have to reconstruct historical buildings that are significant for the city, including cultural heritage sites: Apraksin’s dacha, Shcherbin’s dacha, doctor Pedkov’s dacha, Prince Yusupov’s hunting lodge and the warehouse of the Schitt Cognac Factory. But this is not the subject of today’s discussion; all these projects will be considered by the scientific and methodological expert council at Sevnasledienotes Mikhail Razvozhaev.
The idea of restoring the historical shady plane tree alley along Kalicha Street aroused keen interest among members of the Architectural Council. The authors of the project proposed a classic three-row structure, which “will create zones for the safe operation of berth 7B, a separate bicycle path on the street side and a wide central part with the possibility of variable use — holding seasonal exhibitions and events, exhibitions of art objects.”
The authors of the project also proposed planting aromatic herbs on the embankment and using various textures—wood and stone—in the design of recreation areas. It was proposed to landscape the area using coniferous and deciduous plants in a ratio of 70/30 percent.
Member of the Architectural and Art Council, deputy Vyacheslav Gorelov expressed a desire to install the same benches on the embankment as throughout the city — instead of those proposed by the authors.
The proposed version of the benches creates a feeling of unsteadiness and flimsiness — they need to be secured for the safety of people. Instead, it is better to use those forms that de facto exist in Sevastopol.
Mikhail Razvozhaev noted that the idea was to create a separate collection of outdoor furniture for Balaklava.
A fair question about the technical viability of the benches. Bolting them to the embankment is not a good idea. It was planned to create an exclusive design for the Balaklava, but the issue of functionality and reliability of outdoor furniture, of course, is a priority, — said the head of the city.
Director of the Sevastopol Children’s Art School Alexander Burtsev emphasized the importance of preserving the cultural code of Balaklava, in particular, fishing crews:
People are interested in watching the process: how fishermen pull out fish, dry and repair the nets. Fishermen and boats are part of Balaclava, its charm. The emasculation of this “everyday” culture means the loss of traditions. In the same way, it is necessary to preserve the fragments of the cannons remaining on the embankment.
State Duma deputy Tatyana Lobach, who participated in the Architectural Council, noted that it is also important to consider the issue of integration of local areas when forming a single space.
I would like to take a closer look at the park near Nazukin, 25 and near the Kuprin library. There and near the institute, there are small islands of greenery, these are green spaces that already exist, trees are already growing there, and what are we going to do? I understand that in the park near Nazukin, 25, there are stalls, and I would like us to remove the fence there in the future and integrate this park into the general concept of the embankment, so that it is a small park areashe says.
Mikhail Razvozhaev noted that all the facilities familiar to residents and guests of Balaklava will remain in their places.
The fishermen, naturally, will remain in the bay, no one will touch them — this is part of the Balaklava flavor. Now we are talking about second-line facilities — they will adapt: something will be used for trade or hotel business, and in the industrial zone, which has already been formed, we will create a fishing camp — maybe with a permanent market or a weekend market, this is still a question will be discussed. In any case, everything that creates a special Balaclava atmosphere will be preservedsaid the governor.
The Architectural Council accepted today’s presented project as a basis; all the details and the appropriateness of using elements new to the city will be openly discussed in the future at the supervisory board, as happened during the reconstruction of Bolshaya Morskaya Street.
source: press service of the Government of Sevastopol