Morning, as we know from commercials, starts with coffee while July is welcomed in Ukraine with the Architect’s Day. Through the Golden Gates of Kiev – first significant landmark – entered a thousand-year-long era of urban development with very own style. Splendor of palaces and shine of churches’ domes, might of castles and austerity of soviet realism – this is the façade of architectural Ukraine. However we will try and enter through a back door.
Let us start the list of the most extraordinary buildings of our country with our own Tower of Pisa. It is “falling” in Zaporozhye, leaning over scurrying pedestrians at 3 degrees. As is the case of Italian original, the construction’s tilt wasn’t designed purposely and emerged due to foundation sag. The tower was designed in 1949 by Ivan Kozliner within the framework of the city’s post-war renovation.
Donetsk hotel BonBon makes one fall in love with it from the very first sight. Architecture connoisseurs subconsciously recall the name of Antoni Gaudi for it seems like the peculiar house bares signs of Catalan maestro’s hand. However in the hotel they would assure you that these were works of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser that influenced the design. An experienced eye can hit resemblance of the Crooked House from Sopot of Poland. The hotel was built in 2011.
Speaking of hotel business, “Salute” of Kiev comes to mind instantly. This year the offspring of an architect Abraham Miletsky, who has made a reality of a project that was expensive even by soviet measurements, celebrates its thirtieth birthday. Due to similarity of
architectural solutions and biological forms, experts often reckon the hotel among so-called “metabolism” style.
In Chernovtsy Ship House cuts its way through the expanse of asphalt waves. It anchored on the intersection of busy streets in 19th century. Legend has it that “Zum Goldenen Shiff” (Golden Ship) Inn used to be here. Therefore locals still call their place of interest “Shiff”, i.e. “vessel” in German.
Without leaving Chernovtsy, you should definitely step by Yuriy Fedkovych National University. The institution ranks among the best universities in Ukraine and romantic architecture is sure to add special charm to getting education inside its walls.
We’ll conclude our outlook with modern masterpiece of Ukrainian architectural mind. Pysanka (Easter egg) Museum in Kolomya (Ivano-Frankovsk administrative region) was opened in 2000. Main entrance is executed in the shape of a 14-meter high egg made of colorful glass. Concept of the museum’s display was elaborated by its director Yaroslava Tkachuk with the project brought into life by local artists Myroslav Yasynskiy and Vasyl Andrushko. Now that we mention it, Kolomya egg is the world’s biggest among painted ones.
American Detroit was until recently known as the automotive capital. But nowadays it is more often than not mentioned in the context of decline and population outflow. Outlook decided to figure out why ghost cities emerge.
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
They become the place for the coolest parties, source of extraordinary ideas and unpredictable discoveries. Nowadays whole houses, temples, gardens, pools and stadiums reach peaks of their popularity – all of them on tops of buildings.
"A small territory with a great mission" is the motto under which on February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See recognized Vatican as a sovereign territory. It was an agreement which opened doors for curious patrons who for centuries had been trading gossip about "What is kept inside Vatican castles?". Evil tongues grumbled that the walled enclave protected magic books of how to seize the world, the castle’s cellars hide torture chambers for sinners, and after liturgies alchemists are busy inventing the Philosopher's Stone. But when museums welcomed visitors, both guests and the Romans gasped with delight. Collectors estimated that the cost of all the works of art featured by almost the smallest country in the world, is 150 times more than the world's GDP.
In every art there are formats and rules – once in “mainstream” an Artist won’t have to starve. Even more so in totalitarian times when every sphere of people’s life is controlled and affected and selfhood has to be forgotten as such. It is probably in the face of a system natural talents emerge for their work to become immortal. Today Outlook recalls one of them, artist Kateryna Bilokur.
Spoiled with home-made borshch, holubtsy and cotlets, we are under an illusion that we know Ukrainian cuisine like the tips of own fingers and there is nothing distinctive about it while in fact gastronomic heritage of our country is far richer than a grandma’s ingenuous menu. Time has come to recall original Ukrainian dishes that were undeservedly forgotten in the era of semi-cooked products and fast food.
Seoul of South Korea that blisteringly turned from an ancient city of a poor country into a prospering capital of an advanced state over 20th century, definitely deserves respect; as much esteem is earned by those municipal officials and patriots who, in times of explosive industrialization, managed to preserve glorious heritage of the past – royal palaces of Joseon dynasty.
Over several years of our project’s operation we have created large amount of features, both texts and visuals, about various countries, visited numerous cities, got acquainted with huge number of peoples. And now, on the day of 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence, Outlook with love and joy continues its series of features with the one about native country. Most interesting facts about Ukraine and Ukrainians are next to come.
Traditional Ukrainian clothes are absolutely unique, bright and distinctive. So there is no surprise that they still remain relevant for both Ukrainian and foreign fashion-mongers. In recent years designers of the world create entire collection based on the main symbol vyshyvanka (embroidered clothing) and many celebrities now and then put on shirts with magic ornamentation believing them to be the summit of elegance.
He made up his name to be one of a kind. Riot of his selfhood became the basis for enormous artistic heritage while architecture demonstrated the possibility to combine ecological compatibility with modern technologies.
The Embassy of Palestine in Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mohammed Al-Assad organized a trip for journalists to Palestine. OUTLOOK team was among them. We launch a series of videos about this country and start with Bethlehem!
Christmas arrives with a warm overjacket on its shoulders. At night it brings warm light of the first evening star and in the morning it wakes you up with shine of white but warm sun. If my great-grandmonther’s grandmother had been asked about her Christmas feelings, I believe, her words would have been identical to mine. Because together with a bowl of kutia, generations of Ukrainians transfer their traditions from hand to hand.
They build ice hotels and carve ice fountains pouring white wine, make samovars and even kerosene lamps. Photographers went even far and got the hand to use dry ice to create the effect of smoke and fog in picture. In search of more and more sophisticated ways to use frozen water, humanity almost forgot about another fascinating feature it suggests. So, dig into your wardrobes and find lovely hats with pompoms, fluffy "ears", scarves, mittens, sweaters and... skates. In the spirit of holidays, OUTLOOK prepared for you a selection of the world most popular ice arenas.
Icerink instead of heated floor. Bomber hat and a puffer jacket as an alternative to terry robe. Eco-hotels and cafes in Canada, Romania and even hot Dubai offer a possibility to have leisure time a-la North Pole.
Each one has own notion of a perfect rest: some need ocean, beach and an exotic cocktail for a perfect relaxation; others are drawn to conquer new mountain peaks; some people live in anticipation of acquaintance of ancient ruins… But there are people who dream of cutting loose at full throttle, forgetting everything and anything else!
The Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Mission and the Scientific Society of History of Diplomacy and International Relations with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Embassies of Ukraine in Austria, Slovakia and Hungary arranged a series of events on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian diplomacy.
On the 26-th of October it will be going a desirable premier of documental and biographic movie ‘Dancer’ on the price of success paid by the artist of ballet Serhii Polunin. Being originated from Kherson, he accidentally appeared in the Royal Theater in London where he became an overnight success but then went off the grid to get even more love of the spectators. Today OUTLOOK continues the cycle of materials about successful Ukrainians.
On the 27-th of September, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic Kazakhstan to Ukraine Samat Ordabaev organized a ‘round table’ in Kyiv. The event was dedicated to the 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries. There were heads of diplomatic missions, people’s deputies of Verkhovna Rada, executives of authorities of Ukraine, the representatives of creative and scientific regions, business communities, as mass media.
Autumn promises that heat would gradually fade away and immediately presents with a choice: either to clutch at stewing days in warm countries or taste cool evenings and admire architecture without being distracted by sultriness.