Towers on the Polygon

  • contemporary architecture

Taking part in the contest for the project of a multifunction residential compound on 1st Bukhvostova Street in Moscow, ABD Architects came forward with a composition of four houses and three slab blocks with cozy green courtyards between them.


Because of the bend of Krasnobogatyrskaya Street, the land site, allotted for the construction of the residential compound, has a trapeze-shaped layout with one of its sides noticeably rounded. ABD Architects reasoned that in order to secure the new block from the noise of the street with its heavy traffic (besides the endless flow of cars, Krasnobogatyrskaya is rocked and shaken by the rolling tram at regular intervals), one high-rise volume behind a small park will not be enough. This is why the architects place four fifteen-storey towers along its arch. Compact on the layout, they are raised on a single two-storey stlylobate and form the outward eastern building front. At the same time, the authors design the stlylobate as a complex polygon, cutting inside it, both from the side of the street and from the side of the designed block, numerous pockets and niches that give the elongated volume more sophisticated and interesting plastics. From the Krasnobogatyrskaya side, these recessions off the red line will serve as an extra invitation for the pedestrians to come inside the shops and cafes that are going to be placed here, while from the inner side of the yard they will enable the architects to make small green squares open to the central promenade the diagonal that traces the arch of the street.

The architects deliberately designed all the four towers exactly like one another the narrow verticals are placed at fair intervals, so the unobtrusive theme of different-width windows and light-shaded finish of the facades does not look too much here. Quite the opposite, in fact: this stylistic unity serves to create the effect of a partition, though penetrable but still capable of protecting the new block from the outside world with its weltering traffic jams. The slab blocks, on the other hand, are composed of fragments that are ostentatiously different. For their finish, the architects use two materials that they take in two colors. These are bricks and rocks by alternating the two, the authors achieve the tranquil but at the same time diverse palette with a gradient from an almost white to the rich terracotta color. The visual diversification of the volumes of the buildings is also achieved by the different height of their sections they have the same number of floors but the crests are made at times higher and at times lower, thus forming an expressive pulsing silhouette.

Text by: Boris Levyant, Anna Martovitskaya
Translated by Anton Mizonov

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