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Reconstruction of an architectural monument into a residential building and office space

Project Title and Functional Purpose Reconstruction of an architectural monument into a residential building and office space on Poltavsky Shlyakh Street
Address Poltavsky Shlyakh Street, Kharkiv
Land Plot Area 0.1452
Total Object Area Approximately 5000 m²
Design Year 2004-2007
Design Stages Conceptual design, detailed design, author’s supervision, commissioning.
Chief Architect Alexander Saratov
Architects Alexander Saratov, Andrey Shteyner, Vitaliy Kichigin with the participation of Nadezhda Lipinskaya

The reconstructed building is located in the Oktyabrsky district of Kharkiv, in the historical center of the city. The building is an architectural monument. The reconstructed structure was erected in the northwest part of the block, formed by Ekaterinoslavskaya (Poltavsky Shlyakh) – Dmitrievskaya and Bolshaya Goncharovskaya streets in 1916, designed by the architect Gershkovich B.I., and is also considered an architectural monument.

The land plot area is 0.2 hectares. The plot has an irregular polygon shape, bounded by the reconstructed building’s body from the north and west.

Entrances to the shopping halls of stores, as well as entrances to the entrances of residential sections, are planned from the street side.

Access to the courtyard is provided from Dmitrievskaya Street, from the southwest corner of the plot, through existing arches.

The building is constructed from solid ceramic brick with load-bearing longitudinal walls, wooden floors (basement and certain sections of the floors have monolithic reinforced concrete), foundations are made of ceramic brick, and windows and doors are wooden.

The six-story building with a basement has a complex plan configuration with an inner courtyard. The first floor was used for placing shops, while the others were designated for residential apartments. The building had three entrance groups from Poltavsky Shlyakh and Dmitrievskaya streets, and three “black” entrances from the inner courtyard side. The desire to maximize the use of the land area led to the addition of annexes on the courtyard facade.

Access to the courtyard is provided from Dmitrievskaya Street through a narrow passage cut through the first floor.

Facade walls facing adjacent plots are solid, without window openings, serving as fire barriers, with adjacent buildings closely attached.

The building volume includes a passable attic and basement spaces, replicating the configuration of the first floor. At the time of the survey, interfloor connections in the reconstructed building are made through three staircases. Entrances to the basement are absent (filled with bricks or filled with debris). Connection to the basement is only through two hatches in the floor above the basement. Access to the attic floor is provided by a temporary metal staircase.

Structurally, the building is frameless, with longitudinal load-bearing walls.

In the northern and western parts of the reconstructed residential building, there are plans to accommodate 14 residential apartments, five non-food stores, and office spaces.

In the basement, an engineering unit is planned with the installation of a water meter, heat meter, etc.

The basement is divided into fire compartments by brick partitions with two evacuation exits for each compartment, leading directly outside. Two stores are planned in the basement. Entrances to the basement are designed separately, isolated from entrances to the residential and office parts.

The layout of the first floor includes the creation of a residential entrance with its staircase to the sixth floor from Dmitrievskaya Street, one entrance to the staircase leading to the office part from Poltavsky Shlyakh.

On the first floor, there are three non-food stores with their utility rooms.

From Poltavsky Shlyakh, the stores are designed as two-level with separate entrances and staircases.

In the western part of the planned building, apartments are designed from the second to the sixth floor. Two three-room apartments and one one-room apartment are grouped around the staircase.

One-room apartments are designed with a hallway, kitchen, combined bathroom, and living room. Three-room apartments are designed with a hallway, kitchen, separate toilet and bathroom, and three living rooms. Balconies with glazing according to fire safety requirements are provided in the apartments on the sixth floor.

In the northern part of the building, from the third to the sixth floor, office spaces are planned, connected by a corridor with exits to two evacuation staircases.