​Nikita Yavein: “We work on the architecture of streams”
The Venice Biennale lasts for half a year, until the 25th of November, so I don’t think it’s too late to speak about the Russian pavilion as well. We chose two of its expositions for closer examination, and in this issue, we are talking to (as it turned out) an honorary railroad man, Nikita Yavein.
Studio 44
  • July 31
  • Julia Tarabarina
​The Circle of Public Life
The community center of Kiev’s housing complex “Respublica” built upon the project of ARCHIMATIKA demonstrates a new format of territory organization, which includes landscape design elements, a playground, and a commercial function, inviting the residents of the complex to leave their homes and step outside.
  • July 27
​Where the Swans Live
In the Gorky Park, the Maly Golitsynsky Pond has been landscaped upon the project developed by “People’s Architect”. The place got deck-type embankments and a centerpiece of local importance – a floating pavilion for the swans to live in.
  • July 12
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The Hornets’ Nest
The new office of the architectural firm ATRIUM reflects the original concept by Anton Nadtochiy and Vera Butko. There is an art object hanging in the center of a double-height space: it is at once a meeting room, the nucleus of the composition, and the presentation of the creative method.
ATRIUM
  • June 25
Magda Cichon: “We lived on this for a year and a half”
The work done by the curators of the Venice Biennale mostly remains off-screen – the numerous industry reporters that come to the event don’t seem to write much about it. The backstage of this year’s biennale is uncovered by Magda Cichon, the managing partner and the chief architect of Blank Architects, who knows firsthand how it all went along.
  • July 6
​A Next Generation School
Upon the project of ARCHIMATIKA, Kiev has built a new building of the Pechersk School International, the image and structure of which answer the needs of the latest trends in pedagogy.
  • June 20, 2018
​The Story of Apraksin Dvor
The Saint Petersburg Council for Cultural Heritage Sites has approved of the concept of renovating “Apraksin Dvor” proposed by “Studio 44”. Based on the stage-by-stage tactics of working with the numerous owners of the buildings situated on this land site, the concept provides for a lot of new functions and a pedestrian space with a driving entrance from the underground.
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​The Grand Façade
The project of “Golden City” housing complex is unique in many respects: as an example of consequential implementation of the results of the competition, as an experience of joint work of a Russian and a Dutch team, and as an experiment of developing a high-profile construction on the basis of the city block technology.
A-Len, KCAP Architects & Planners, Orange Architects
​PRO-apartments: Diversity through Parametrization
The Kiev-based architectural company ARKHIMATIKA has developed a new standard for the apartment floor plans used in housing projects: their “PRO-apartments” make every square meter of the floor space useful and become one of the prerequisites for comfortable housing construction.
  • May 11, 2018
​The Connecting Link
Blank Architects have changed the outer image and the inner content of a shopping mall in Moscow’s area of Otradnoe, turning it into a converging point of the public life of the neighborhood.
Blank Architects
​Low-rise City Blocks in the Orenburg Plains
Prepared by Sergey Kiselev and Partners, the concept of developing a 150-hectare chunk of land at the outskirts of Orenburg has at least two major string points: the presence of a fair number of what usually is considered to be the components of a comfortable city and the absence of any overly “marketing” techniques – in other words, the project is realistic to the bone.
Sergey Kisselev & Partners
​The Red Park
Wowhaus turned a park in the center of Moscow into a great space for recreation and outdoor activities where everyone will find a place for himself by following red guiding marks.
WOWHAUS
​In Search of Paradise Lost
Headed by Vladimir Bindeman, “Arhitekturium” developed an architectural and town planning concept for the “Paradise Waters” seaside resort situated on the Bintan Island in Indonesia.
Arhitekturium
  • April 27, 2018
​More Metaphorically Than Literally
There is an argument going on in Saint Petersburg: will it be OK to add a new wing (of modern architecture) to the Dostoyevsky Literary Memorial Museum or is it only allowed to recreate the lost tenement house nearby? In this article, we are covering the preliminary concept of the museum building.
Evgeniy Gerasimov & partners
  • April 26, 2018
  • Seraphima Lvovskaya
​Wooden Stones
The conceptual project by Totan Kuzembaev and the Sokolsky woodworking integrated plant is meant to demonstrate the diversity of design solutions that use wooden CLT panels, and the possibilities for combining these panels with concrete structures, including the field of renovating the Soviet-era five-story houses instead of tearing them down completely.
Totan Kuzembaev Architectural Studio
  • April 26, 2018
​House above the Trees
The world’s one and only private residence designed by Zaha Hadid was recently finished in the Moscow area town of Barvikha.
Zaha Hadid Architects
  • April 24, 2018
​An Expensive Thing to Do
In this issue, we talk to ten architects about how relevant/irrelevant the ideas of reconstruction and redevelopment are.
Herzog & de Meuron, APEX project bureau, , BuroMoscow, FORM Bureau, OMA, Ginzburg Architects, City-Arch, DNK Architectural Group
  • April 19, 2018
​La Dolce Vita
In the project of the settlement with a telltale name of “Rafinad” (which literally translates as "Sugar Cubes"), located in the Khimki district of the Moscow area, PANACOM architects came up with the kind of housing that is versatile, human-friendly, and comfortable.
PANACOM
  • April 18, 2018
​For the Sake of the View
The project of the elite residential complex “Z-House” was developed by the architectural firm ATRIUM for a closed competition that evaluated not only the quality and beauty of the project’s architecture but also the presence of solutions that are the most popular and expected at today’s real estate market.
ATRIUM
​Building Blocks for Gulliver
On the crest of the Krylatskie Hills, a housing complex is being completed, unprecedented in its diversity of architectural solutions employed in its construction and in its constructional complexity. The answers to these challenges were found by the Dutch architects de Architekten Cie in collaboration with the Russian bureau APEX.
APEX project bureau, de Architekten Cie., West 8
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​A Welcome Intervention
In his new project, Sergey Skuratov explores the theme of balancing out the static and the dynamic components of his architecture, continues experimenting with brick façades, tries new elements of housing construction, but, most importantly, solves the ever-so numerous town planning issues of a large fragment of Moscow’s urban environment.
Sergey Skuratov architects
​Moscow Area Manège
The team of “People’s Architect” has developed a project of restoring the Manège in the town of Zvenigorod. The building will recover its historical form; then it will host the Zvenigorod museum of history and architecture, enriched with the functions of a cultural and community center.
  • March 19, 2018
​Architectural Therapy
In this issue, we are publishing the contest project of renovating city blocks 32, 33, 34, and 35 on the Vernadskogo Avenue by a consortium of OAO “Mosproject” and OOO “Ginsburg Architects”.
Ginzburg Architects, Mosproekt
  • March 13, 2018
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​The White Tree
The residential complex “Wine House” is one of the first real-life examples of cooperation between Vladimir Plotkin and Sergey Tchoban in one project – a thought-out, graphic and reserved dialogue between the new and the old in the center of the city, a play in a few “acts”, from the XIX to the XXI century.
SPEECH, Creative Union ‘Reserve’
​Remembering Bauhaus
Can one express in architecture the connection between Bauhaus School and its professor Vasily Kandinsky? Working on a housing project with maximum values of density, depth, and height, UNK Project made such an attempt, arranging in a freehand manner several 12-story slabs in three dimensions of a waterfront area.
Continuing What Was Once Started
The project of an office-and-hotel complex located on the first kilometer of the Rublevo-Uspenskoe Highway develops their old ideas and responds to the architecture of the buildings that “Sergey Kisselev and Partners” had built earlier in this area.
Demonstrating the characteristic of Creative Union ‘Reserve’ aesthetic attention to the form and rhythm of the façade design, the elegant building of the administrative center of the New Moscow looks like a UFO in the otherwise disorganized Kommunarka fields.
Creative Union ‘Reserve’
DNK ag: “To us, this competition became an opportunity to propose an optimum model of a high-quality and diverse living environment”
The architects Daniel Lorentz, Natalia Sidorova, and Konstantin Khodnev, whose project got shortlisted to make the top twenty of the competition organized by the Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending for the best mass housing project, share about the meaning of this competition, the perfect populated area, and the conditions necessary for achieving this ideal in a micro-development situation.
DNK Architectural Group
  • February 15, 2018
  • Julia Tarabarina
Postindustrial Attraction
In the Russian Railway Museum, the architects of “Studio 44” were able to create a powerful and impressive space for a collection of more than a hundred of vintage steam engines and locomotives.
Studio 44
The Patriarch’s Crown
In late December, the new museum complex of “New Jerusalem” opened a permanent exposition designed by Sergey Tchoban and Agnia Sterligova. It is devoted to the history of the monastery.
  • February 9, 2018
​A Smart Street
Kiev’s “Fayna Town” is yet another step for ARKHIMATIKA in the direction of perfecting their housing complexes, from low-rise planning, open city blocks, and thought-out promenades to such seemingly insignificant details as barbecue spots and charging slots for smartphones.
​Rules of Winemaking
The austere, full of light and shade, air and greenery, and, of course, impressions, the winery building in the city of Haykadzor in the Krasnodar Territory is one of the main architectural events of last year.
  • February 1, 2018
​The Vladimir Gate
The Golden Gate business center became a noticeable complement to the district of Rogozhskaya Zastava – the architects creatively revised the increase in the construction scale of this area. The mind-blowing cantilevered overpass situated at the level of the twenty-second floor is arguably the first experiment of such kind in Moscow.
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​“New Jerusalem” Hills
In 2013, long before Zaryadye Park was laid, City-Arch designed a museum-hill which contains the richest museum collection in the Moscow area.
City-Arch
  • January 18, 2018
​On Wings Spread Wide
Designed by Roman Leonidov in the Moscow area, the Wing-house demonstrates a new type of Russian manor house built in the style of organic architecture. The Wing-house observes three rules: the client’s comfort, harmony with nature, and perfect plastique. We met with Roman Leonidov and spoke to him about manifesto buildings and the architects’ subconscious.
  • January 17, 2018
Towers but Not Twins
Complete is the reconstruction of the “Belgrade” Hotel on the Smolenskaya Square – now it is part of the Azimut Hotels chain. In this issue, we are sharing about the details of the reconstruction project, what surprises came up along the way, and what the ultimate outcome looks like.
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Non-revolutionary Changes
Designing mass housing residential blocks for the “Brusnika” developers, OSAArchitects created an environment that clearly exceeds the originally proposed housing class, at least by Ekaterinburg standards.
OSAArchitects
​Outline of the Market Square
Developed by “Blank Architects”, the renovation project of the “Fifth Avenue” shopping center includes rebranding, broadening of the set of functions and services, as well as giving the building a new façade that will reflect the presence of a farmers market inside on the mall’s top floor.
​Urban Gardens
In their project of renovating city blocks in the district of Khoroshevo-Mnevniki, the UNK project architects relied upon the principle of similarity, scaling down the compositional and functional patterns that are characteristic for the entire Moscow.