The architect Sergei Tchoban and the director of the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture Elizaveta Likhacheva wrote an open letter in which they stated the need to protect the Vladimir railway station from reconstruction that would completely change its appearance.
“Rodina” wrote last year about the situation of the station in the city, without which it is impossible to imagine one of the most famous tourist routes – the “Golden Ring”.
Vladimirskaya station was built in the 1970s, on the site of the previous, pre-revolutionary, in the style of Soviet modernism. The station is finished with white stone, and this connects it not only with the white-stone ancient Russian monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal, but also with the Lunacharsky Drama Theater, the Central Department Store, which were built in Vladimir at about the same time.
The Vladimir railway station has already suffered losses and is far from in the best condition. This is the Station Square. The first impressions of people who come to Vladimir and Suzdal should not be the same as they experience now. Initially, it was planned to update the station building and the surrounding area for the 1000th anniversary of Suzdal, which will be celebrated in 2024. From Vladimirsky railway station to Suzdal about 50 minutes by bus.
If you use a simple method – clad the building with porcelain stoneware and roll the area with new asphalt – you can probably meet the deadline. But you must do it without haste or mentally.
Will the railway officials who are in charge of building the station get fed up? Previous generations have already destroyed the historic building. Now there is a risk that the current one will be changed beyond recognition. And so, generation after generation, it will leave no memory of itself.
Defenders of the city believe that the Gorky Railway, which has been repairing the station building in Vladimir for several years, ignores modern technologies for cleaning stone and chooses a cheaper option – facing the facade with porcelain stoneware, which differs in color and, in any case, it will change. the original appearance of the building.
At first, the local defenders of the city spoke out in defense of the Vladimir railway station. Now people with worldwide reputations have joined them. Sergei Tchoban is one of the most sought-after contemporary architects. He designed the VTB Arena and the Federation Tower in Moscow, the headquarters of the Coca-Cola company in Berlin. And the art historian Elizaveta Likhacheva has been working at the Museum of Architecture for almost 20 years, under her supervision it has become one of the important places where not only people talk about the importance of preserving heritage, but also do a lot for this.
Tchoban and Likhacheva, in a letter they posted on the website archi.ru, popular among architects, point out that the monuments of Soviet architecture of the 1960s and 1980s are a continuation of the history of avant-garde and constructivism, which was created by the best representatives of the domestic architectural school of the first half of the 20th century.
– These buildings are an integral part of the history of Russia in the 20th century. By destroying them and making them unrecognizable, our generation risks hopelessly tearing out the pages of history, making it unreadable and setting the wrong example for our descendants to follow, Choban and Likhacheva emphasize.
They are sure that the reconstruction of the Vladimir railway station, based on the attitude towards this object as an architectural monument, can and should become the subject of an open architectural competition, which will give young people a chance (and not! alone!) Russian architects to show their talent.
Vladimir railway station is not an architectural monument and is run by the Russian Railways. Therefore, they can turn a blind eye to the requests and pay attention to the large number of letters and signatures in order to preserve the appearance of the station and carry out the reconstruction while preserving the facade and details.
Now developers and owners have a free hand, also because the public hearings were canceled last year. Konstantin Mikhailov, a member of the Russian President’s Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, a local writer and historian, warned in an interview with Rodina: “Such a development of events threatens to replace history with a new version. “
Therefore, in their letter, Tchoban and Likhacheva ask the authorities working with the architectural heritage of Russia to compile, with the participation of the professional community at large, a comprehensive list of architectural works of Soviet modernism of the 1980s. 1960-1980 as soon as possible. as possible and place them under protection as federal monuments.
Only this status will allow these buildings to be protected from total reconstruction and to guarantee their preservation, including careful restoration. It is exactly what the Vladimirsky station needs.