Benoy Pushes Boundaries to Preserve Rich Heritage of Kiev Retail Landmark

28 August 2012

Benoy is delighted to announce its involvement in the refurbishment of TSUM, Kiev’s most historically significant department store. Working in close partnership with investor ESTA Holdings, and local architect Larysa Skoryk, Benoy’s plans will respect the historic identity of the building whilst modernising and remodelling the store’s interior spaces to suit modern retail demand.

Externally, Benoy will make a full restoration of the existing 1938 and 1956 Art Deco façades, protecting these for future generations. At the very top of the building, Benoy plans the sensitive addition of a glazed clerestory which will house new rooftop restaurants. Terraces will afford views for the first time along Kreschatyk Street. Much care has been taken to ensure that the scale and scope of the new roofscape is complementary to the existing historic façades and the overall composition of Kreschatyk Street.

Benoy’s imaginative concept for TSUM protects the historic elevations and creates a respectful and attractive architectural solution for the interior store design. ‘It is an exciting and ambitious scheme, built on a solid promise to the citizens of Kiev to retain the existing character and soul of this historic building,’ reveals Robert Bishop, Benoy’s Director for Europe, who is leading the project.

‘Our design philosophy for TSUM is to retain the historically significant form and integrate new contemporary space internally; this solution will protect TSUM and create an active and self-sustaining building. Our approach is to bring new life to TSUM, to enhance its economic viability and therefore protect the building for many more decades. We believe that alternative proposals for a ‘Museum’ approach to TSUM will not deliver the same catalyst for the further regeneration of the adjacent city district’, Robert explained.

Originally designed by respected Soviet Architect Alexey Shchusev, the Central Department Store TSUM was damaged during World War II. In fact TSUM was the only building left standing, if not fully intact, on Kreschatik after the war and was partly rebuilt and extended in 1956-1960. ESTA Holdings’ brief is focused on protecting the building’s historic character whilst creating a signature retail destination in the heart of 21st century Kiev.

Benoy specialises in designing retail-led developments but also has extensive global experience in the redevelopment of culturally and historically significant city-centre projects. Highlights across the firm’s portfolio include the restoration and extension of the historic Renoma Department Store in Wroclaw, Poland, which was built 1930, and the architectural revival of Birmingham’s Bullring. As a retail specialist, Benoy has worked with a number of local and global Department Store operators such as El Corte Ingles, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

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