In Dnipro, as in any metropolis, there are sights and atmospheric places, where people of Dnipro themselves like to spend their free time and where guests of the city are invited first of all. Among such business cards of the Dnieper are the longest embankment in Europe with the Orb of Desires, a waterfall on Monastic Island, temples, theaters, museums, and, of course, the city center, many of whose streets look quite European.
One of the most respectable and popular is Yekaterinoslavsky Boulevard, located in the heart of the metropolis and closed to cars. For the crowded, stylish architecture and the evening shine of lights, the boulevard was even nicknamed the Dnieper Arbat. It is not surprising that the news that soon the recreation area, beloved by the citizens, will have a logical continuation – a new pedestrian boulevard on the neighboring South Street – became a pleasant surprise for Dnipro.
The author of the project for the future boulevard was the architectural bureau Filimonov & Kashirina architects – a creative tandem with nearly 10 years of experience working together, and the investor is the Dnipro entrepreneur Vadym Iermolaiev, known for his successful innovations in various business areas.
The project of the new boulevard is quite simple and at the same time universal. As planned by the architects, the street will be divided into three longitudinal parts. Zones closer to homes are designed for the convenience of pedestrians, and the spacious and creatively decorated central part can be used for various outdoor activities – for example, small street concerts or performances.
The highlight of the center of the boulevard should be an unusual element – an artificial stream, the length of which will be about 200 meters. The architects plan to decorate the triangular peak of the stream with small fountains, and in the evening the water flow (however, like the entire boulevard) will be highlighted in a special way. In addition, special street lights will create a realistic effect of water glare on the surrounding buildings. This spectacle promises to be not just beautiful, but fascinating, because the water element is known for its calming effect and ability to harmonise space.
“The idea of a stream arose here for a reason, it is a kind of reminder of the local river Polovitsa, which was taken into a concrete collector at the end of the 19th century and still flows in this form under the design site,” says architect Sergey Filimonov. – “We are confident that this unusual reservoir, which has no analogues in Ukraine, will create a special atmosphere on the boulevard, it will revive this place and even become its symbol.”
The authors of the project did not forget about the smallest Dnieperians who will walk on the new boulevard: they will equip a new generation playground for them – with a soft rubber coating and safe reliefs.
Well, the texture and principle of paving the pedestrian space of Yuzhnaya Street, as well as its decorative elements (stone benches, balls, etc.), will be repeated by architects along the lines of the neighboring Yekaterinoslav Boulevard, so that they harmoniously complement each other and visually look a single structure.
“We worked on this project with inspiration and painstakingly, with soul,” says architect Sergey Filimonov, “And we hope that the new pedestrian street will become an equally popular place for walking, business and romantic meetings, cultural leisure of residents and guests of the Dnieper than the famous Yekaterinoslavsky Boulevard. Such pedestrian spaces are a modern European trend that Ukrainian cities are just beginning to take note of. The success of the project is guaranteed by the participation of a trusted investor, Vadym Iermolaiev, a native from Dnipro. Our architectural bureau is working not for the first time with him, so we are confident that the end result will not only be successful, and even exceed expectations. “