ArchitectZimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design
Brooklyn, New York
The original heavy timber church constructed in 1995 was modeled after the western Ukrainian architectural style known as "Boyko." In 2014 a devastating fire destroyed the church, which lead to a challenging reconstruction. The design team had to capture the spirit and style of the original church, while incorporating new technologies and adhering to building code changes. The domes were constructed on the ground, clad in copper pieces (diamond shaped sections measuring 24 inches high and 18 inches wide) and lifted into position with a 260-ton crane. The copper creates the distinctive appearance of the traditional domes and has a life expectancy of over 100 years.