"In 2019, our first visit to Volna took place. We formulated for ourselves several principles on which the reconstruction project should be based. Firstly, the decision itself to reconstruct the building and make it useful again to the city is an example of an environmentally friendly approach to the construction and development of territories. Secondly, it was important for us to have an ethical attitude towards the history of the building, place, district, and residents. Therefore, we worked with archives, collected stories about how Volna used to function, and tried to strike a balance between preserving the historical appearance and creating new functionality.
We found traces of renovations from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s in the café - both extravagant and touching, but we were not able to save everything because of the focus on the functionality and practicality of the building, and not its museumification.
Together with Vyksa's resident artists, we walked around all the rooms and discussed several ideas for future reconstruction, which were included in the terms of reference for architects. For example, we then decided that a strict division of space into a private, working part for artists and open public areas for visitors was necessary.
Thanks to the new building, Vyksa Art Residence can expand its mission and become the core of a cultural center. Volna is not just for artists – it can become a place for urban communities and creative professionals with different backgrounds and different needs to work. We want Volna to become an island that is comfortable and takes into account the needs of different people."