Old TsUM will meet wrecking ball soon

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Aug. 30, 2012, 10:10 p.m. | Business — by Olga Rudenko

This is one architect‘s conception of how the facade of the TsUM (the Soviet acronym for Central Department Store) would look when rebuilt by 2015. However, after receiving criticism, owner Esta Holding is reconsidering the plan for glass walls for the Khreshchatyk Street landmark. The popular shopping center closed in February for reconstruction.
© Courtesy of Esta Holding

Olga Rudenko

After Kyiv’s historical Central Department Store shut down for business in February, few details were revealed about the fate of the landmark shopping center better known by its Soviet acronym TsUM.

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Ukrtoday Ukraine Aug. 31, 2012, 12:49 a.m.    

Kyiv needs serious planning plays to protest its ar hire rural heritage. It is all too easy and structure for developers to demolish heritage building and replace them with structures that diminish the historical integrity and reord of tap city. One needs to ensure that the old is not replaced by the new and that design structures are in keeping and respectful to the historial architecture. The concept photo above does not meet this requirement.

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Gustav Hgren Aug. 31, 2012, 2:11 a.m.    

@Ukrtoday. Dont agree with this at all. TsUM as it was until it closed was an outdated black hole on the main street of the capital. In keeping the main stone elements of the facade while incorporating modern elements this will only lift the street-view. Hopefully someone will do something about the old central gastronom across the street next....Then we can only hope kyiv city admin will clear out all the temporary tents selling drinks etc and Kreshatyk will actually start looking presentable. Its about time the city starts cleaning out the bazaars...

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