Spaces of the Berardine Monastery | Dyson Martlew | City of Lviv

This project for the spaces of the Bernardine Monastery Complex in Lviv celebrates the rehabilitation of religion in post-Soviet Ukraine. It takes as its inspiration the Baroque ornamentation of the Bernardine Church, and in particular the column and statue of Jan of Duklya in the cathedral forecourt.

The various spaces around the monastery are unified by a consistently detailed surface plane. This plane encompasses the domain of the complex defining its territory, it joins various spaces together suggesting connecting pathways, and is readable as a plinth on which the monastery buildings stand. Its reflex curves reference in abstract the Baroque church interior and facade. The plane includes the ‘atrium’ space at the cathedral front and also bisects the well and its rotunda bringing these into play in the overall composition. Competition 2012.