RELIGIOUS AND EDUCATIONAL CENTRE on Lincoln St. in Lviv, Ukraine
Location: Lviv, Ukraine
The building site, according to the masterplan of Lviv, is determined as a buffer territory of public space between the dense inhabited area from the north and industrial structures from the south. The underground sewer collector (former channel of the river Poltva) with the preserved zone on 10 m from each side passes through the site, dividing it on two parts. Only half of the general area of the site is suitable for construction. St.Luigi Orione chapel with the universal hall is constructed on the smaller part of the site. The other part is planned for the second phase construction of the religious - educational centre. Division of the site by collector has caused the volumetric and spatial decision of the building as a part from a whole.
The chapel and the universal hall are incorporated in one public structure, being not only place of pray, but also gathering place for meeting, dialogue, leisure. The structure provides equal intellectual, emotional and physical access for the people with various requirements. The local house type of the church is on the basis of the architectural idea. Though the form of the roof is enough difficult, one standard size of the girder is used for its design. 15 identical girders are put at different levels. There are no internal corridors in the building. The open space corridor under the large roof overhangs creates domestic atmosphere and attracts the residents. The universal hall is used for different purposes such as concerts, lectures, performances, sports games, etc. All the premises have access for disabled people.