Location: Belarus, Hrodna region, Navahrudak.
Stage: prior design preparation
Year: 2023
Head of the project: Dmitry Ostroumov
Architect: Kristina Vasina
Chief architect of the parish house: Dmitry Lysy
The object is located in the South-West of the town of Navahrudak (Belarus, Hrodna region). The location area is characterized by low-rise residential private buildings. The building site is part of the residential quarter. It borders upon the Niamanskaha, Jubilejnaja and F. Skaryny streets.
The development process of the master layout involves the creation of the inner courtyard. It should unite the local space for organization of the inner life of the parish and integration with the urban environment. Thus, the main hall and the refectory on the ground floor are open into it, combining the outside and inside areas in the warm season.
Three versions of the general project were designed, one of which was later brought to a more detailed form. Initially, the church had no internal vaults, there are floor slabs instead. The form of the dome with the tholobate is also inexpressive. Some other architectural features were also proposed to be changed. An extra space is to be added to the main volume of the church. It will have the form of a gallery with the side altar and the spacious narthex.
The first two options are simplified, the third one is more developed. It involves dismantling the upper part of the church, installing real brick vaults instead of floor slabs, changing the tholobate and a dome.
The gallery is to be rebuilt from the north side, it has access to the inner courtyard. It is connected to a large narthex, where there is a church kiosk with a counter. The kiosk overlooks the narthex and has access to the church space itself, as well as to a staircase leading to the choirs. From the choirs, a rise to the belfry is provided, as well as the premises for singers and the office. In the reconstruction project, the former false zakomaras on the facades of the church become the tectonically continuing vaults. At the base of the tholobate on the quadrangle, the series of zakomaras is designed, passing from four-part to eight-part. Also, the main sanctuary is connected to the new side sanctuary through the sacristy. The shape of the solea are changed. The choirs are moved from the former little mezzanine to the large space on the second level.
The parish house is designed at the level of concept and zoning. The hall can be combined with the refectory, as they have an internal partition. For the maintenance of the clergy house and provision of supplies for the kitchen, there is a technical passage from the side of the Niamanskaha street. It is the most suitable for this purpose, due to the limited significance of this route in relation to other streets adjacent to the territory. The floors are connected by an elevator for use by people with limited mobility. There are also two staircases, allowing timely evacuation if necessary. The northern part of the building is raised relative to the southern part, there is a basement floor under it. On the first floor of the northern part, there is the church shop accessing the street gallery, as well as a classroom. The building has two connecting verticals with wetcore areas and stairwells. On the basement floor there is a gym and a workshop. On the second floor there are Sunday school classrooms, offices and cells, united by a public area.
Thanks to their location, it became possible to ensure a connection between the public function of the clergy house and the core of the parish complex in the form of a courtyard, through a street gallery. The gallery also connects all public spaces of the building on the ground floor, outside the perimeter of the thermal envelope.