Sunday, December 10, 2006

Planning law in Kiev

Looking at these two excrescenses one wonders how people get planning permission in Kiev. The building on the left is the new Hyatt Hotel, which fits with none of the buildings around it, and the design seems particularly pointless. It is being built by builders from the Caucasus region; I see them being picked up in a bus every evening to return to their accommodation? The building on the right, built generally in a style at least resembling the buildings around it, but grander - and it is two floors higher than all other buildings in the neighbourhood. This can be seen quite often in Kiev, as it does occasionally in Vilnius (the Novotel in Gedimino prospektas being a prime example).

Then again, one perhaps does not need to wonder how people get planning permission.