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Proposal Master Plan for the City of Kreminna

Project Type: Urban and Public Infrastructure / Master Plan

From the context and experience of the projects developed for the cities of Irpin and Chernihib, we were contacted as consultants for the reconstruction of Kreminna, a small but very traditional city in the northeast of Ukraine whose strategic location in Lugansk Oblast has made it a point of continuous Russian attacks and invasions throughout history.

To begin the reconstruction of this city, it was first necessary to understand, organize and prioritize the current territory, which is mostly destroyed. Therefore we have begun our consultancy with the development of the Kreminna General Master Plan.​

Kreminna, from its small scale, has always been known for its significant natural impact within the Lugansk Oblast. The city is intersected by the Krasna River and is surrounded by National Natural Parks and the Donets River. These areas offer numerous trekking circuits and camping sites for both adults and children, as well as bathing beaches along the Donets River. Additionally, there are numerous "sanatoriums" which are small cabin villages designed for people to retreat into nature to relax and unwind. These sanatorium spaces provide the city with a natural environment for healing and revitalization.

We propose to develop and establish the City of Kreminna as the Ukrainian Capital of Ecological and Sustainable Healing. We aim to take advantage of this great opportunity and enhance the city's potential to become a specific thematic tourist destination not only for the Lugansk Region, but for all of Ukraine.

The new urban proposal aims to transform the City of Kreminna into a Tourist Center for Ecological and Sustainable Healing. The focus is on reformulating and modernizing the existing infrastructure, using nature as a strategic link between the territory and the healing process.

A city for Psychological, Spiritual, Physical and Economic well-being.

Identification of relevant natural, urban, and spatial elements for inclusion in the new master plan.

Based on the concepts outlined earlier, the proposal recommends the implementation of 6 key urban elements for the city's development:

  • A strategic perimeter ring road to provide easy and extensive access to all areas, districts, and neighborhoods of the city..

  • A strategic commercial strip for transportation.

  • A system of urban interconnection comprising green areas, facilities, and shelters.

  • A system of interconnecting sanatoriums, resorts, and ecological healing centers.

  • The Krasna River Edge Park, which will serve as a strategic and urban hub of the city where the aforementioned points will converge.

New Krasna Riverside Park
Development as the city's New Urban Neural Strategic Center.

The Krasna River creates a unique and special environment as it flows through the city and the various gathering places that form on its banks where it meets the city's physical boundaries. This natural structure significantly influences the city's spatial and urban layout and is the most important urban feature in terms of identity and collective urban memory for its residents.

All elements of the city converge around this natural structure, formed by the river and the developing native park along its path, making it the urban natural and neurological center of the city. It serves as the most significant urban structural element, with the power to interconnect, unite, and organize all other elements, facilities, and urban programs in the city.

Our design proposal aims to alter and modify the existing spatial and natural structures as minimally as possible while delicately enhancing their continuities, flows, and interconnections.

In this way, our proposal will develop 4 buildings-bridges, which will allow us to carry out a suture on an urban scale, spatially suturing the natural wound generated by the Krasna River, which separates the arrival and the meeting between the parts of the city into two rivers, connecting the most relevant programs of existing routes and spaces.

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2 main conceptual ideas: The fallen tree and the Neuron.

The concept of building-bridge is inspired by two conceptual images:

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First, it's like a tree in a park that has fallen naturally across a river, connecting its banks and allowing people to cross over through its roots, branches, and trunk.

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Second, it's like the connectivity structure of a neuron, serving as a fundamental structure that allows interconnection, communication, and flow of information within a living organism and with other structures. It's like creating an urban neural structure.

Combining these two images will help us conceive and design four building-bridges. These structures will be sensitive to the existing spatial layout and natural landscape and will incorporate and connect different pedestrian structures and recreation programs that are currently in operation in the park. By doing this, we hope to enhance the richness, simplicity, naturalness, and multiple urban connections in the park.


The urban programmatic architecture of the Ribera del Rio Krasna Park will become a hub for urban interconnection, promoting social, cultural, sports, and recreational engagement.


Our proposal is to enhance the existing natural structure through a large-scale architectural project consisting of four Programmatic Buildings-Bridges. This will establish a strategic urban center, from which we will develop the entire new Master Plan for the city of Kreminna.

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