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Emerging London outfit wins Kiev office complex public art contest

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Studio of Cinematic Architecture (SOCA) has won an international design competition for a new public art work outside the IQ Business Centre in Kiev

The London-based practice defeated an undisclosed shortlist of rival firms to land the commission with its proposal for a series of ‘giant light pipes’ connecting the physical landscape with the digital world.

The contest sought ‘creative ideas’ to enhance the landscape surrounding the 46,560m² IQ Business Centre which opened in the Ukrainian capital’s Pechersk district three years ago.

SOCA’s winning scheme will be erected close to the 19-storey office complex, designed by locally-based Pashenko Architectural Bureau, which features a rooftop helipad.

The studio’s triumphant design echoes the ‘oversized architectural vents and circular motif’ of the landmark complex and features a radial LED canvas which will respond to local activity, environmental stimuli and cultural events.

SOCA founder Gabby Shawcross said: ‘I was delighted to win this competition and look forward to making an innovative public artwork for the IQ Business Centre and the city of Kiev.’

Since Ukraine’s independence in 1991, Kiev has witnessed a surge of growth in its finance and service industries with new hotels, restaurants and office buildings opening.

The city was rocked by the Euromaidan protests two years ago, when protesters occcupied many government buildings, 15,000 people were injured and nearly 100 killed. The city has since recovered, but the country is still witnessing armed conflict in the Donbass region.

The leafy Pechersk area, on the west bank of the river Dnipro, is one of Kiev’s most prestigious neighbourhoods. The IQ Business Centre occupies a prominent corner plot on Bolsunovskaya Street close to the city’s Motherland Monument. The building features a rooftop helipad, swimming pool, conference hall, fitness centre, retail units and lobby designed by Swanke Hayden Connell.

The winning scheme will be erected on a small hill just north of the complex and above its 229-capacity subterranean car park.

The contest was open to everyone and judges included Kiev deputy chief architect Anna Bondar, Andrew Pashenko of Pashenko Architectural Bureau and London-based artist Clemens Poole.

SOCA will receive around £2,500 and see its project delivered later this year.

 

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