21.10.2010

Like a wave it talks to the avenue

  • contemporary architecture

The new building, designed by SREECH studio is located at the cross of Udaltsova street and Leninsky avenue. Truly, a rare example when an object is situated along one of the main routes in the capital and it does not occupy the entire construction territory, but gives most of it to the landscaping. From the town-planning point such tactfulness is logical and reasonable, only its a pity in modern Moscow we have to point out this fact but not take for granted.

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The first striking thing is the modest and yet very noble appearance of the building. We are used to see different headquarters of oil and gas. There is really nothing pretentious or showy in its appearance, only careful examination of the object will tell you here the money has been invested in quality and innovative architectural solutions. Due to finely estimated scaling and combination of elements, the building looks different from different distances. From the distance the first thing you notice is the twinning of windows in tall and narrow vertical blocks (1.35 m wide and 6 m high) and due to this the volume is visually grouped extremely tight. This is a scale of large highway; for those who see the building from rushing traffic. Echo of the traffic flow is reflected in the wavy ledges on the main façade, they add sculptural plasticity to the ordinary parallelepiped. The architects do not make it a secret that bay windows are used mainly to enlarge the space of the complex, but they managed to soften and mask the dictate of commerce by unique wavy shape contrasting with the general appearance of construction. At that the "wave" is not static: bay windows are shifted relative to each other and from the distance they resemble a giant piece of fabric trembling in the wind.
Text by: Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kouznetsov, Anna Martovitskaya, Alexander Mezhov

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