Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky church

The following is the project of the Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky church with a complex of parish buildings. It is located in the Vishniavets microdistrict, Grodno, Belarus. It is designed in the style of Old Russian or Black Ruthenian architecture with a focus on Byzantine and Romanesque architecture. These styles found their expression in the Holy Martyrs Boris and Gleb church in Grodno, also known as Kalozha (circa 1180). This church became one of the stylistic prototypes of this project.

Project: Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky church
Location: Belarus, Grodno, Vishniavets microdistrict, intersection of Indura highway and Malakhovichskaya street
Capacity: 286 people
The total building area of the temple: 498.7 square meters
Total building area on the site: 1285.8 square meters
Stage: pre-project development
Year: 2022
Head of the project: Dmitry Ostroumov
Architects: Polina Askarova, Valeria Sikorskaya
The project is located at the intersection of Indura highway and Malakhovichskaya street, in a wasteland. The site is flat. The architectural ensemble is complemented by a bell tower above the entrance group with a gatehouse and a shop. There is also a parish house and other objects shown in this project as masses. Engineering networks pass through the site. There are high-pressure gas pipelines (security zone 10 meters), sewerage and communication networks. On the site there is also a small chapel, a garage-workshop, a children's playground, a chapel for consecrating water, parking lots, and a solid waste site. The church is the central object of the complex. The bell tower is the visual dominant of the ensemble, visible from the highway. Driveways on the master plan provide a fire detour and access to all buildings as well as the possibility of religious processions. The landscaping of the site, the placement of benches, small forms, and fences have been conceptually decided.

Hand-drawn sketch of the facade of the church. In the final version, the shape of the dome was changed.
The main church has a lower floor with a crypt church and technical rooms. The datum level is raised above the ground level by 1050 mm. The main building material is brick, the walls are 770 mm wide. The exterior finish is plinthiform brick or clinker tiles imitating plinthiform brick. The facades have inserts of polished colored boulders, characteristic of the Kalozha church. They are used to finish the facade below datum level. Another kind of decoration are glazed ceramic tiles (majolica) with cross ornaments. As altitude increases, the number and size of boulders decreases. From the outside, over double-glazed windows, window openings are covered with traditional stone linings. They have lighting openings in the form of decorative circles and small triangles. The doors are metallic, their arched transoms have bas-reliefs. The sanctuary apse is decorated with mosaics. Zakomaras and arched windows with doors are decorated with plinthiform brick. The dome has a flat base, characteristic of the pre-Mongolian period of Old Russian architecture. The roofing material is lead. The dome is made of lead or bleached gold.

The church has a crossed-dome scheme with three semicircular apses. The sanctuary is traditionally raised and directed to the east. The length of the building is 24.84 meters, the width is 12.1 meters, the height to the base of the cross is 19.95 meters. The church has a fairly open narthex. A church shop is designed on the left. On the right there is a staircase leading to the choirs. There is a large vestibule, where there is a cupboard for utensils and portable liturgical furniture can be stored. There are candelabra with air extraction on the right and left. The church has three entrances/exits. To the right of the sanctuary there is the room of the deacon or sexton's room. It is connected to the lower floor by a technological spiral staircase. To the left of the sanctuary there is a separate room with the prothesis in the apse and a washstand with a drain into a separate well. The church is covered with barrel and cross vaults. It is crowned with one light tholobate on a quadrangle with pendentives in the interior and a dome on top. There are water drains from the roof.

On the choirs there is the place for singers and also an office and a resting room. The lower floor has two emergency exits. There is a separate area for technical rooms. The main area of the floor is a church with a sanctuary on the east side. Behind the sanctuary there is a sacristy and a resting room in the form of a gallery with apses. The vaults of the lower temple can be made of moisture-resistant gypsum fiber board.
The bell tower has four tiers. On the first tier there is a church store and a gatehouse. The second tier is technological. The third and fourth tiers are to accommodate the bells and do not have an overlap between them. The facades of the bell tower are finished in the same way as the facades of the church.
The building of the parish house has three levels, the lower floor is a basement. The main area of the basement is occupied by a large workshop. There are also bathrooms and a boiler room that operates for the entire complex. They are joined with other engineering facilities, a laundry room, and utility rooms. On the first floor of the building there is a large meeting room with a fireplace. A refectory with a kitchen adjoin it through sliding doors. The hall has a separate exit outside. Also on this floor there are two classrooms, bathrooms, a cloakroom and a hall uniting them all. On the second floor there are apartments and offices. The facades are partly decorated with plinthiform brick. The main wall covering is plaster, below the datum level there is stone cladding. The roof is covered with seam metal.

The garage is designed for 4 cars. There is a workshop in a separate room. Unlike the church with a bell tower, the parish house and garage can be built from expanded clay concrete blocks.

The drawings of fences, bas-reliefs and mosaics are provisional. They are subject to elaboration at later design stages.
Освящение начала строительства храма (2023 г.)