22.12.2009

Procrustes's bed of regulations

  • contemporary architecture

Today in Moscow, there is still in progress work on a number of large-scale development projects, soon there will be new city districts. One of the projects is the residential city-block in the bottom-land of Ramenka river by Pavel Andreev. It was already highlighted by the agency of architectural new.

Information:

It was first announced in the summer of 2007, when the Mayor of the capital signed an order for a residential district construction on the cross of Minsk street and Kiev line of MZhD. On the area of 47.98 ha there will be about 500 thousand sq m of housing. The masterplan was developed by NIiPI of Moscow Masterplan, The client received all the numbers and started thinking about the architecture of their creation and set a contest. Pavel Andreyevs studio won and they got not only an interesting project but a requirement to fit the Procrustean bed of urban construction regulations and provide the investor with high quality housing. The new district will include a low-rise housing city-block and two high-rise complexes with three towers in each. It is interesting that both "three" are each on its stylobate with a large underground space. Remarkably each of the complexes rest on individual stylobate and has a hugeundergraound space. Compositionally they are identical and have a singelstyle creating a gradual move to low-rise housing, located in the northern part of the site. Each tower has a clear and strong rectangular "classic" modernism silhouette, but due to the difference in height they create a stone line changing its outline , the towers form a sort of "brick structure.
Text by: Pavel Andreev, Anna Martovitskaya
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