Presidential Administration Building (Kiev)

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Presidential Administration Building
Будинок Секретаріату Президента
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The Bankova façade
General information
Architectural style Classical style and Ukrainian Baroque
Address 11 Bankova vulytsia
Town or city Kiev
Country Ukraine
Current tenants Presidential Administration
RNBO
Construction started 1936
Completed 1939
Owner Kiev Military District (1939-1941)
Kiev General-Komissariat (1941-1943)
Communist Party of Ukraine (1943-1991)
Government of Ukraine (1991-)
Design and construction
Architect Serhiy Grigoriev

Presidential Administration Building (Ukrainian: Будинок Секретаріату Президента) is an architectural monument of the Kiev city, the capital of Ukraine. The building is the main office of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine as well as the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

It is located at 11 Bankova vulytsia and was initially a reconstruction of the Kiev Military District headquarters that was built sometime in the 1870s by Oleksandr Shile's design. The building is considered the peak of an architectural artistic work and was built after all government institutions of the Ukrainian SSR were transferred to Kiev from Kharkiv.

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The building was built in 1936-39 by the design of the Kharkiv architect Serhiy Grigoriev for the headquarters of the Kiev Special Military District. The author of the design was able organically unite elements of a classical style and Ukrainian Baroque.

First that may strike visitors it is the unbelievable thickness of building's walls. Specialists explain that it was due to restrictions to build administrative buildings in the Soviet Union of the 1930s which forced to dodge it by building a new structure on the already existing foundation. The new design made a great use of the symmetric campuses of the previous Shile's design of the 1870s.

The new building was considered a reconstruction with some new elements. Its wings were extended, while in the center was formed a special composition - massive risalit with an inserted colonnade of the great Corinthian order. The governing monumentality of the building is underlined by a heavy entablature along with a glazed stylobate of a polished grey tint labradorite ("under coat"). The front entrance of the building is flanked by four rock spheres. The architect planned the design to such extent considering all the details that the big building regardless of being located on a narrow street not only did not squashed its surroundings, but also is well observed from all points: from the Instytutska and Lutheranska vulytsi, from the neighboring Franko Square and the remotely located Mykhailiv Square.

In its courtyard are located a dining hall, a laundry room, cleaners, a printing house etc.

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Coordinates: 50°26′40″N 30°31′44″E / 50.444555°N 30.528871°E / 50.444555; 30.528871