Aqualine / worldly design group : Francis McCloskeyLópez + Zuzana Chupacova / Puerto Rico / USA (Syracuse, New York), Slovakia (Trenčín)
To enhance the World Heritage nature of the designated place, a direct pathway is created between the Church of St. NicholasatRubleny Gorod and the Church of the Savior at Gorod. The connection between the two churches is elevated up to the maximum allowable height, to create not only a physical access between these two historical elements of Gorod, but creating a high point from which to enjoy the ravine as a living museum of Yaroslavl’s history.
The pedestrian platform is suspended from the main structural arches with a steel honeycomb structure. Each cell of this structure is covered with a plastic “bubble”. The idea is that it will promote tactility and invite visitors of Yaroslavl to sit on them, while material of anthropological and historical importance (which can include material from excavations on the site) will be suspended in each “bubble,” which means that instead of the structure supporting a museum, its surface becomes an interactive exterior museum that invites visitors to play with the space and the information, as well as taking advantage of the direct visual references that the ravine has to offer. It is finished in permeable pavement, for drainage and walkability.
The design takes into account that the existing stadium is the main place for Yaroslavl’s celebrations and events, as well as a place that is full of historical interest. As such, to increase the capacity of the stadium to hold the citizens of Yaroslavl and its visitors, the perimeter is conceived as a giant amphitheater, from which to watch large presentations and events, with the Churches of St. Nicholas and the Savior at either extremes of the structure, and always in plain sight. The exterior of the structure is as simple as possible from eyelevel perspective, to respect the existing World Heritage urban fabric.
To make a direct connection to the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and their importance to the history of Yaroslavl as much as the history of Russia, the center of the large exterior space is flooded to create an enormous body of water. The view of the existing buildings also enjoys reflection on this body of water. This changes the current state of the stadium from a place where the local population plays tennis and soccer to a place where both Yaroslavl’s citizens and its visitors can enjoy floating on rented boats in the summertime. In the winter, this body of water is frozen to provide amenities for ice skating. Again, there is constant view of the churches, to aid Yaroslavl’s identity as a touristic destination. At any given moment this can be drained towards the river to increase the capacity of the ravine for a particularly large event. With a body of water, it also has the capacity to be outfitted with floating platforms for particular events. By occupying most the space in this manner it can be excavated more carefully for archaeological work at any point in time.
The designed structure becomes a giant theater screen with the capacity to display onto the Ravine as a large scale performance. The surface above also creates a platform from which the Mayor can address the general public, at plain sight.
From below the interactive museum surface, the enclosed space is about flexibility of use. The supporting spaces; including an office, a bar/cafe, toilets, and plenty of storage for each one of these functions; are four piers that neatly hold up the platform/roof above. The ample space inside can then be easily transformed according to the occasion, whether it be a convention, exhibition, town meeting, or a private party, etc. Читать далее