Belgorod Sports Complex (Leningrad Quarter)
Location: Slavutych, Ukraine
Architects: Ye. Ya. Smolyar, N.G. Balsky, F.I Borovyk, P.I. Ivanov, V. Ye. Nechaev, V.A. Fuks and B.M. Shirokinsky
Genre: Modernist, Soviet architecture, former USSR
Slavutych is a purpose-built city in the north of Ukraine that was created from scratch to house civilians evacuated from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. The city was designed and built by architects and workers from eight different countries, all of which were part of the Soviet Union at the time. These were Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine and representatives from each one were tasked with planning and building a section of the city that was indicative of the architectural style in their own country.
The Leningrad Quarter comprises three, same-style, residential buildings, one of which is named the Belgorod Quarter. The housing units are arranged around a main boulevard that leads to the district’s sports centre at the top end. The sculpted panel above the entrance to the leisure complex depicts a bogatyr (epic knight) from Kievan Rus’ folklore. More information about Slavutych.
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