The competition for the open spaces of the Bernardine Monastery complex in Lviv was announced in June this year by the City of Lviv in cooperation with the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe and the Ukrainian-German cooperation project “Municipal Development and Rehabilitation of the Old City of Lviv” of the GIZ, Ukraine. The submissions have been received by October 8, 2012, after three months of proposals developing. The jury included urbanists, architects and landscape architects, art historians from Germany and Ukraine as well as the city officials. 

30 entries from 13 countries in total were received. The countries include: Belgium (1 entry), Bulgaria (1 entry), Canada (1 entry), Czech Republic (1 entry), Germany (3 entries), Great Britain (2 entries), Hungary (1 entry), India (1 entry), Portugal (1 entry), Romania (2 entries), Serbia (2 entries), Ukraine (9 entries), USA (5 entries).

After discussing of the projects the jury selected the following projects:

1st prize:

Budapest, Hungary – Péter Szabó, Éva Déri-Papp, András Gazdag, Tamás Karácsony.

2nd prize:

Lviv, Ukraine – Yuriy Stolarov, Pavlo Morkel, Olha Malinovska, Svatoslav Babiy.

3rd prize:

Berlin, Germany – Sebastian Rübenacker, Peter Rathmann, Martin Tietz.

4rd prize:

Bukarest, Romania – Maria Daria Oancea, Ioana Tilicea, Tudor Elian, Matei Eugen Stoean, Alina Gabriela Panait.

The jury protocol describes the winning project and explains it as following:

The design proposal for the open spaces of Bernardine Monastery convinces by its spatial clarity and the sovereignty of its calm atmosphere. The concept is based on a careful analysis of the site and is an appropriate integration in the existing urban fabric. By means of a precise adaption of the formal language of the existing ensemble, the authors achieve stable and at the same time subtle spatial qualities that bring out the best in the existing architecture. This leads to a well-adjusted tranquillization of the public space and a focusing on the very heart of the area: the monastery with its church and adjacent buildings.

Existing and future can be integrated easily, if a few necessary modifications are made. The sensible approach and the good equilibrium of hard surfaces and green areas underline the technical and economic feasibility of the proposal. With regards to implementation, two aspects seem to be crucial:  special consideration of possible questions by UNESCO, and the collaboration with local building experts.

The winning project along with other competition entries will be exhibited until November 18, in the museum rooms on 10, Rynok Square (second floor).

Download the jury session protocol (pdf, 3,1 MB)
Download Submission identification numbers - Competition cover numbers table (pdf, 181 KB)

Jury Meeting October 26, 2012Exhibition Opening October 27, 2012