Excerpt: Lucky Land, designed by Archimatika, is a city within a city. Six blocks have 23 residential buildings with various architectural solutions and height capability, corresponding to the general concept. The project also includes underground and surface car parks, active mixed-use ground floors, a medical centre, a school, and a park. While conceiving a new urban centre, the designers tried to re-discover and rethink local architectural and urban planning traditions.
[Text as submitted by architect] Lucky Land is a city within a city. Six blocks have 23 residential buildings with various architectural solutions and height capability, corresponding to the general concept. The project also includes underground and surface car parks, active mixed-use ground floors, a medical centre, a school, and a park. The height of the houses ranges from 9 to 26 floors, with apartments from 1 to 4 rooms each and panoramic penthouses. The total area of the landscaped area of the project is 35 hectares. In the centre of the complex is a school that plays the role of a community centre for all residents of the neighbourhoods, with a conference hall, playgrounds and halls for sports and a park – all with public access. The school’s central location is highlighted by the «arc» of the main promenade that skirts the school park.
All buildings are blended-use, where each space has several functions at once: residential buildings are not just residential buildings, and a school is not just a school. The apartments are designed according to modern standards with more extensive open terraces each.
While conceiving a new urban centre, we tried to re-discover and rethink local architectural and urban planning traditions. In particular, Khreshchatyk — the central street of Kyiv facing the main square (Maydan Nezalezhnosti) — represents a linear park and ensemble buildings of the capital scale with sectoral streets. All of these elements have been rethought and incorporated into the Lucky Land development plan.
The architecture of Kyiv’s downtown, and many other European cities, also influenced the solution of the roofs adorning residential buildings. There are towers, mansard floors, sloped roofs – elements that usually form the city’s silhouette.
The inspiration for the exterior solutions was the glazed ceramics, which is used for the interior of the central station of the Kyiv metro – “Khreshchatyk.” It can be seen on the front facades of Lucky Land buildings but made by the latest technologies of the 21st century.
With the emphasis on the high-quality landscaping of the territory, the idea of psychological comfort for residents is to be implemented. The residential quarters are planned in line with European cities. The environment is organized so that it is pleasant to move around and live. Approaching comfort with respect to difference and diversity, the whole territory and access to buildings will be organized in accordance with the principles of inclusiveness.
The complex has “smart” streets with separated traffic lanes for pedestrians, cars, vehicles and cyclists, green parking lots, charging stations for electric cars, as well as smart lighting — energy-saving LED lights. Courtyards, playgrounds and all amenities will be designed individually and with the integration of wi-fi points, charging gadgets and emergency call buttons. The project also provides landscape lighting, an automatic irrigation system, a drainage system, a hidden system for collecting water from air conditioners. In engineering systems, dispatching of all equipment is used to monitor its operation and prevent accidents. This will reduce the cost of maintenance and reduce the number of personnel.