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Architecture in Bishkek: what to look at?

08/10/14 09:08, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency, by Kanykei MANASOVA

World Day of Architecture is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. In their professional holiday, architects organize exhibitions, hold creative discussions.

Many buildings in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, built in recent years, cause an ambiguous attitude. 24.kg news agency decided to find out which object in Bishkek, they consider to be the most successful, and which - the worst.

Zhamby Dzhusubaliyeva, journalist:

- "The best buildings" are hard to find. Mainly because they are residential multi-storey houses, often built instead of historic buildings or places, the choice of which defies logical understanding, there can be no justification for city residents who was disturbed by the cleanliness, the environment, the harmony of the city. Therefore I think the best are some stone houses of "Supara" ethnic complex. Well, the worst - every second. In particular, I was shocked with fast construction of a giant residential complex just above the river along the waterfront (Maldybayeva Street), almost at the entrance to Ataturk Park.

Unfortunately, modern building in Bishkek hard to be called architecture, it's just some kind of construction or, more precisely, rapid building campaign, in which everything is subordinated to short-term profits. In my opinion, no one cares about the comfort and aesthetics, friendly to all citizens, what can be called architecture. Probably, it is collusion with business planners, and if not - then the connivance of responsible persons. Nevertheless, we have a lot of talented architects who understand the situation. Happy World Day of Architecture... still!

Georgiy Kolotov, photographer:

- Perhaps we should start with the fact that appeared buildings in the modern history of Bishkek don't always fit into the image of the city. Nevertheless, there are successful, on many parameters, solutions. Perhaps the most appealing to me it seemed a new residential building on Bokonbaeva - Erkindik. The way this house gently fit into the architectural ensemble of the most popular areas of the city, and its internal layout give pleasure. But to list the worst facilities will take too much time. I especially want to mention the poor quality of construction, spoiling the benefits of any new structure.

Aziza Tumanova, teacher:

- I don't see any standing public attention buildings, constructed by the state in recent years. It's hard to answer your question. Many residential buildings erected in private. Among them I can mention houses on Bokonbaeva - Erkindik. They are elegant and monumental. However, like many other similar buildings, almost hanging over the road. And, as in most of these types of buildings, the bedrooms are designed in the street's side... We have no special architectural appearance of the new city. Model of the future town center from Bishkek Main Department for architecture - nightmare: blue glass and concrete in style of post-disaster. Like the building of "Jannat Hotel", built in the valley, in Teplye Klyuchi, but it probably doesn't apply to Bishkek.

 Marat Amiraev, actor:

- I believe that new building should fit into the ensemble of the city, district, street, neighboring buildings. According to these criteria, no new building has a right to invade the frozen melody of the capital.

My best regards to the chief architect. Either he does not solve anything, or he is not an architect at all.

Eleonora Proyaeva, philologist:

- Horrible building - GOIN at Zhibek Zholy Avenue and Abdrakhmanov St. intersection, especially after it was twice destroyed in the course of two revolutions. It is very strange, like a dwarf, the building on the corner of GorkySt.-Baitik Baatyr St.(opposite Vefa Center) that store food and clothing.

I like the building on Mederova-Baitik Baatyr St., near Oktyabrsky district administration. At the top of this building there is ak kalpak, the roof. It looks very stylish.

Igor Akulov, entrepreneur:

- I've been thinking for a long time what can be considered the best landmark and in the end I chose circus. Not on present building, but what I remembered from my childhood. Non-standard circular building, which seemed huge in my childhood, made of white marble. Building reminded me a space flying saucer it was the dream of any child of the Soviet era to visit it. The fact that infrequent trips to the circus had a tinge of solemnity and a little fear, akin to that faced by young people during the march to the registry office, gave a special flavor. Circular hall on the second floor was a special place as well. Then the city was not built up, so from the windows of the circus one could see wonderful views of the Central Department Store, the registry office and the Victory Square. Near the circus there were always fountains and delicious sweets. Perhaps, circus is the most memorable place because it remained in the childhood forever.

The worst building, or rather, the worst for me - mini monuments in the Oak Park. For me they are from the same series as Peter the Great statue by Tsereteli. You can talk about the art, its understanding, but I do not understand it, apparently. There is some attempt to do something high, but apart from ugliness and dullness nothing happened. I will not talk a lot, so as not to hurt the feelings of those who enjoy these monuments, in general, for me it's a complete failure.

Adil Turdukulov, civic activist:

- I would call Supara as the best architectural complex, built with private funds. Those who planned to erect it, managed to create ethnographic ensemble, which is filled with delectable breath of the past. At the same time, this structure is an example of harmonious relationship with nature, which is characteristic of Kyrgyz thinking.

Unsuccessful - buildings around the capital. They are chaotic and negate the concept of life in the capital.

Eugene Makshakov artist:

-Maybe, somewhere worthy and interesting objects are built, but I still do not know. Although, I'm sure that in this country there are people, capable of creating worthy projects, and they even do it, but most likely - for foreign customers or just for their own development and for the love of their work.


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