June 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 40 December 2012

Theory of architecture

Shvetsova-Shilovskaya Elizaveta A.

PhD student.
Research supervisor: Professor S.V. Ilvitskaya, DSc. (Architecture),
State University of Land Use Planning,
Moscow, Russia, e-mail: LizaSh-Sh@list.ru


The construction of sketes in remote areas, which are available in the majority of modern Russian orthodox monasteries, is one of the architectural interventions used for zoning the territory of a monastery. The need for such zoning is caused by a sharp increase in the number of pilgrims and tourists visiting monasteries.

This article describes an architectural design project for an Iversky skete at the Saint-Trinity Antonievo-Siysky monastery. The skete may accommodate 5-7 persons. There are very few sketes of such size remaining today. Moreover, the existing sketes accommodate significantly more or fewer brethren and may be referred to small monasteries or recluses, respectively.

The skete complex proposed follows the traditions of Russian wooden architecture taking into account contemporary requirements for the general layout, functionalities of individual buildings and their structures and building materials. An optimal mix of premises and communications between them has been developed to ensure that the skete is liveable, and capacity for a small expansion is provided. The layout of the cell building, consisting of log huts ‘beaded’ on a corridor, permits both separate and shared living of residents as necessary. The number of log huts may vary. The plan of the church, connected to the cell building by a vestry, allows heating to be supplied to the church and the residence from one boiler-house.

The project may serve as an analogue for both a separate monastic skete and for a skete near a religious monument of history and architecture without causing discord in the perception of the ancient object.

Key words: cult architecture, skete design project, orthodox monasteries, territory zoning

Russian text of this article

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