In Moscow, on Stanislavsky street there has been completed construction of a residential building designed by John MacAslan + Partners studio (London) and ADM bureau (Moscow). For Russian architectural practice this is not just a rare example of successful cooperation of Western and Russian architects, but their comprehensive and effective coauthorship.
Written by: Anna Gerasimenko
12 July 2010
The construction site is located nearby Taganka. Three sides of it are enclosed by quiet small streets – Martynovsky and Pestovsky lanes and Stanislavsky street, and its fourth side neighbors with the ensemble of urban manors of the Konshiny and the Rubtsovy-Morgunovy, built in the end of XIXth - early XX centuries. The historical environment and the site relief with height difference of five meters suggested the compositional solution of the new complex, which consists of five residential buildings and two small mixed-use pavilions. One of the major urban planning issues was creating a graduating scale between the low-rise buildings (maximum 3storeys) on Stanislavsky street and 5-6 storey buildings along Martynovsky and Pestovsky lanes. As to the architectural image of the future residential complex, the concept has the idea of simple laconic volumes gradually stepping down the hill. Pattern of windows and combination of materials of different colors and textures added them expressiveness and variety. The architects most effectively applied combination of absolutely contrast materials to the image of the apartment building along Stanislavsky street. Dark brick, light color stone and wood were used in building facing. The brick used for two of the five buildings was custom made in Germany, the stone (limestone) was brought from Bulgaria. The brick has a very textured surface and a few shades of brown, it actively begins a dialogue with stone – light colored, uniform and almost smooth- at several levels. Wood is the third material, it is used only fragmentarily. Wooden decorative pylons are inserted into the windows of the main volume, entrance to the underground parking is faced with the wood, as well as the small pavilion at the corner of Stanislavsky street and Martynovsky lane.
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