Kyiv's Theatre on Podil: mausoleum, nuclear power plant, or Kaaba?

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Source : 112 Ukraine

The design of the scandalious building does not leave the citizens of Kyiv in peace
18:39, 30 November 2016

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Construction of the long-suffering house for the first time in two decades came so close to the end, but this end does not seem to be happy.

Theatre on Podil was founded in Kyiv in 1987 under the leadership of Vitaly Malakhov. By 1994 it was almost wandering, traveled on tour not only the whole Ukraine, but also performed in Greece, Egypt, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico, Finland, Turkey. In the 90s, performances were held in the arcade, then the troop was stripped of this platform. The theater rented hall in the palace "Ukraine."

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Construction of a building for the theater began in 2004. First phase of construction of Theatre on Podil included the construction of an administrative building with a small auditorium. The second phase was the new building of the hall of audience of almost 300 people.

Work on the second stage facility began in 2006, but due to lack of funds it was stopped. Since then building remained unfinished, walls were covered with mold and fungus, robbers continually stole copper from the roof (nearly 20 kg).

Opening of a new theater building on Andriyivsky incline was repeatedly postponed. Only in 2012, the city authorities promised to open the theater. While the house was planned to perform in the style of so-called pseudo-historicism. The theater was to be like the Kyiv "merchant" architecture of the late XIX - early XX century.

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During the reconstruction, budget has been actively stolen. In 2011, Security Service caught embezzling 2,667,000 UAH. In 2014, the utility of the mayor's office and representatives of the private company overestimated the cost of 430 thousand UAH. Some of these funds (about 140 thousand UAH) had to transfer customer accounts to a construction company.

In April 2015, came the disposal of Kyiv City State Administration to complete the construction of the Kyiv Drama Theatre on Podil, construction of which will be completed for patronage funds. According to the document, "financing the necessary work would be done by attracting patronage funds from off-budget subsidiary Roshen Confectionery Corporation as an entity that was willing to take on a commercial basis as a philanthropist in the development of social and cultural significance of Kyiv. The renovation project have also changed: Kharkiv architect Oleg Drozdov developed a new facade of the theater.

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After that, completion of repair was scheduled forthe Day of Kyiv 2016. But it had to be postponed to November, and then to March 2017 because of violations of construction technology and architectural complexity of the subject.

In late November, a new theater, rebuilt by the project Drozdov, began to emerge. But this architecture stunned Kyiv resident. Angered social media users called black façade the "crematorium" and "black cube". In their view, the theater does not fit the architectural ensemble of the Andriyivsky incline, dominated by old buildings. Also, activists are angry that the project was not consistent with the citizens. According to a member of the Council of Urban Kyiv Hryhoriy Melnychuk, modern architecture has no place at Andriyivsky incline.

Klitschko’s adviser Pavlo Ryabykin explained that the project of reconstruction of the theater was based on the recommendations of UNESCO.

"Roshen" tried to appease opponents of the theater, listing its advantages. The main feature, it will be very convenient for people with disabilities. In addition to ramps and lifts, the theater would have screens with subtitles and special equipment for tactile perception of plays.

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Patron explains that the black part of the building is made of expensive materials, which are light and which allow building on the incline. Also reported that over time, the side of the building becomes greenish tint and will blend in with the mountain.

Opening the facade of the theater was accompanied by dissatisfaction. But Kyiv gallery owner and art expert Eugene Karas defended the new building, calling it a "tough decision."

In social networks, there are many examples of "folk art" concerning theater. Chief architect of Kyiv Oleksandr Svystunov assured that the facade can be adjusted after consultation with the public. Meanwhile, online city council received a petition that has more than 400 votes, with the requirement to demolish the new facade.

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Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko ordered to finalize the design of the facade so that "he fits the ensemble of buildings." The mayor promised that without public opinion theater will not be opened.

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