Today when we were about to start our lesson suddenly one of the girls yelled out “ Vay!! Where is Kukuruznik?” We all hurried to look through the window. Being busy with our everyday life and studies, before that we never paid attention that something was wrong with the view from our classroom window. A wave of “vays” followed then. Last year we were witnesses of how the building was being taken down day by day, though it wouldn’t come to our minds that it would be taken away totally. Later on we learnt that it’s more than a month that it doesn’t exist. People say it was about to collapse if they didn’t dismantle the building. Being built at 1977-78 it really had many problems.
Does anyone know what will be there in it’s place?
I hope they will not construct one of those modernized buildings that do not fit the appearance of the city. Although Kukuruznik stood aside from other buildings .It was the stunning building of the time when it was newly constructed. Later people called it “krtsats kukuruz” ( bitten corn), and considered it as an inseparable part of Yerevan. Please, people who are leading this construction, let it be only a reconstruction. You can put the bitten part back to its place if there are to be changes, but don’t touch its architectural appearance. You will not amaze anyone with your new, shining and too much stunning building. On the contrary, people will always denounce and condemn you for that. No matter how wonderful your building-to be will be, people will always reiterate that kukuruznik was better. But right, I know what your answer will be: “ Who cares? The deed is done, and all”.
On the other hand, the capital, which once used to be called pink Yerevan (vardaguyn), is not pink any more. The rose-coloured buildings, which represented the face of Yerevan, are not rose any more. They are dark now because of the dust and dirt. And polishing of the stone is expensive and will set the people back. So why to care to put themselves to the least trouble with clearing it? I regret a great deal for this situation.
Anyway, I wouldn’t like to say this , but Yerevan looses its face day by day……….