Magnet of the esplanade

  • contemporary architecture

Savvinskaya embankment in “Hamovniki” district is one of the most prestigious places in Moscow in terms of location, transport accessibility and views. However, historically it has been built up with industrial facilities, only recently they started to construct apartment buildings there. One of such complexes will be constructed in the place of “Gardteks” spinning and weaving factory. Earlier this year there has been held an architectural contest, with such participants as TPO "Reserve", "Sergey Kisselev & Partners", "Sergei Skuratov Architects» and “Bogachkin and Bogachkin”. Speaking about the contest results we start with the project by Sergey Skuratov, who made an impressing two-level esplanade the centre of the residential complex composition.


Sergey Skuratov said that at first view he was so impressed by the dullness of the territory that he realized he was going to design not only an elite housing but mainly an urban area functionally and aesthetically adequate to its location and a modern city demands. Must notice the eastern opposite to the embankment border line lies along Bolshoy Savvinovsky side street – a quiet and narrow small street, which have saved charm of the old Moscow, and which is being more and more narrowed by the modern housing. It would have turned into a desolate spot on the map of Hamovniki if Sergey Skuratov wouldn’t come up with the idea to join it visually with the embankment located as much as 12 meters behind it. "The long and narrow side street is in vital need of spacial way out to the embankment, from which it is absolutely isolated now, - says the architect. – As to the slope seen from the embankment because of the “gap” we have decide to hide it by general urban services”. Thus the composition of the entire complex is arranged around the cross of the two rectangular axes - along Savvinskaya embankment there appears a two-level public, perpendicularly from Bolshoy Savvinovsky side street there is thrown a two-level pedestrian esplanade. Maximum use of territory made it possible it increase the public area, as well as the planted area, and due to the release from transport made it possible to include various infrastructural objects directed to Savvinskaya embankment.
Text by: Sergey Skuratov, Anna Martovitskaya

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