Synergycity

Location
Kiev (Ukr)

Client
Information Society of Ukraine (ISU)

i.c.w.
CIMKA

Design
2006

Area surface
50 ha

Competition: Technopolis Master Plan
In the closed competition for the Technopolis project living, working, education and recreation will not be housed in various ‘urban districts’, but will be finely mixed and interwoven with each other.  We aim to create a pleasant and varied living and working environment at a district level, which will be self-supporting as a satellite town: SYNERGYCITY.

For the design of SYNERGYCITY, we have used the historically grown urban blocks in Kiev as inspiration. It is precisely these hybrid urban areas, in which permeable blocks of buildings have developed into complex spatial structures with a mixed programme and a rich variety of public, semi-public and private spaces that turned out to be the perfect spatial model for the inclusion of a diversity of programme components when developing a modern ICT city.

SYNERGYCITY wishes to offer maximum flexibility for future developments and at the same time guarantee a number of essential spatial and programme-related qualities. The means to achieve this is a generic zoning plan, worked out specifically within a sample parcelisation – the master plan. At base level the plan is formed by a series of urban blocks that are linked together, so-called clusters, which are made up in different ways of four archetypal low-rise building blocks. In addition to this, a number of high-rise features are positioned throughout the planning area.

In the chain of clusters, room has been reserved for zones in which no buildings will be built. These open spaces offer room for vegetation, water, sports and recreation. In spatial terms, the central axis along the squares, streets and parks is the most important one for pedestrians. This principal structure will be open to the public as much as possible, whilst neighbouring sections may be public or private.

Parking issues in SYNERGYCITY will be resolved at three different levels. At the level of the entire plan area, parking facilities will be built parallel to the main access route for visitors and short-stay parking. At cluster level, parking facilities will be built underground or at ground level. At house level, cars will be parked on site. 

Phasing of SYNERGYCITY will be simple, as the programme is made up of small units separated from each other. Each cluster can be designed in such a way that it meets its needs by itself or in cooperation with neighbouring clusters. This results in a great deal of flexibility, whereby a limited number of clusters can be bundled together, but also allowing them to be built more widespread across the site.

The proposal of JSA/CIMKA has been selected, together with two other proposals, to be refined in a second round of the competition.

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