​In Search of Style
Looking for an answer to the eternal question about what Saint Petersburg style is about, Studio 44 combined contextual allusions, modern paraphrase of the northern neoclassical architecture, and an alternative approach to the city block construction. The result is large-scale and integral.
Studio 44
The Periscope Principle
Yuliy Borisov found a nontrivial image that turned a rank-and-file “crate” project of the Palace of Martial Arts in Luzhniki into an iconic building, glittering and modern, yet endowed with contextual allusions and capable of active interaction with people and the surrounding territory.
​A Depot of Postindustrial Life
This project of renovating a derelict depot building is all about the architects’ keen attention to detail and emotional “texture” of the public spaces, diversity of functional content, and romantic interpretation of the idea of a ruin that turns into an extra scenario of the project.
​The Warm Glow
Neatly inscribed into a “sleeping belt” residential area of Saint Petersburg, this riverside hotel at the same time claims the status of a landmark that gives this place a taste of reserved yet nonetheless sophisticated architecture.
​Anatoly Stolyarchuk Architectural Studio
  • July 22, 2019
​Mission Anadyr
The project of turning a derelict garage building in the remote city of Anadyr into an all-year-round youth center is based on the research done by the agency for strategic development “Center”, interviewing local young people, and studying Anadyr’s city center. The architectural concept was developed by MAParchitects, and is expected to be implemented within a year.
​Igor Yavein. The Architect of Traffic Flows
Oleg and Nikita Yavein created a website about their father, Igor Yavein: it contains the full archive of the projects designed by this master of avant-garde, the founder of the transportation hub theory that anticipated its time by decades, and the author of the book about the architecture of traffic flows that is still relevant today.
Studio 44
  • July 15, 2019
  • Natalia Koriakovskaia
​The Amplitude of a Silhouette
Saint Petersburg’s A.Len has designed for Ekaterinburg a new housing complex inspired by the Ural rocks and megaliths. Still another peculiar feature of this complex is the fact that its territory is constrained by the complex’s podium.
  • July 8, 2019
​The Infinity Sign
In this issue, we are giving a more detailed coverage of the project that won in the “Gorizont” (“Horizon”) competition devoted to designing a campus situated on the roof of the most noticeable building of Saint Petersburg’s Sevkabel Factory overlooking the river. The landmark shape with a multitude of versions and interpretations is surrounded by a highly developed public space – what more can a modern man ask for?
DNK Architectural Group
  • July 1, 2019
  • Julia Tarabarina
​Vladimir Ginzburg
With this article, we are opening up a new section – reminiscences about the architects whose works became milestones in the history of Soviet and Russian architecture of the XX century. Vladimir Ginzburg, the architect who designed the Cinema Center on Krasnaya Presnya and the Engineering Building of the Moscow Metro on the Mira Avenue.
  • June 26, 2019
​The Factory Formula
Designed by Alexandra Kuzmina, Ilia Mashkov, and Andrey Kolpikov, this house within ZILART residential complex seems to solve the eternal struggle of vertical versus horizontal, bringing the controversy to a minimum. The house is reminiscent of this factory’s golden age of the 1930’s.
​Part of the Urban Kaleidoscope
This is how you can best describe the hotel building on the Dubininskaya Street. Its architecture is anything but conspicuous – one could even say that it’s making a parade of its unpretentiousness. Upon closer examination, however, interesting details begin to come up.
Faster, Higher, Stronger
The housing complex “You and Me” develops the aesthetic features of the previous high-rise complexes designed by Bureau of Architecture GREN., the architects placing their bets on two recreational scenarios: sports and nature.
  • June 20, 2019
Alexander Poroshkin: “Our motto is to work for the good of people”
The leader of MAParchitects, a company that recently scored victories in four large-scale international competitions, Alexander Poroshkin, shares about his winning strategy, how to form friendly – aka professional – ties, how to organize working in a team with regard to your colleagues’ psychologies, and how to involve your clients into your creative game, at the same time learning from them.
  • June 19, 2019
​A Faraway Cliff
The project of Vels Landscape Hotel for creative people, situated in the north of the Perm Territory on the Vishera River, amidst forests and mountains, is part of a tourist route proposed by the architects.
Basmanny ​Manhattan
​Designed by City Arch, the city block on Moscow’s Malaya Pochtovaya Street, with its red-brick high-rises, terraces and penthouses, looks a little bit like Tribeca and other places in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The architecture of the complex explores a high potential of this university area and brings extra benefits to its residents.
  • June 11, 2019
​Tower in a City
The high-end residential complex in the Elektrichesky Lane: historical background and details.
Bavykin architects
  • June 7, 2019
  • Seraphima Lvovskaya
​Theater Town
The second stage of Boris Eifman Dance Academy is constructed around a theater building, its space “spinning” around the architectural scenery of the “little town” of the atrium. The result looks like a Russian Matryoshka doll: a theater within a city, and then a little town within a theater, all of this forming a dance school – a very effective way of organizing the space.
Studio 44
​Saving the Woodwork: Saint Petersburg
Studio 44 has developed a concept of preserving the monuments of wooden architecture of Saint Petersburg. What is particularly interesting about this project is the method of determining the value of buildings, as well as a parametric model that vividly shows which buildings must be saved on a first-priority basis.
  • May 30, 2019
​Embattled Terraces
The concept of reconstructing the former dye-house of the Tsindel factory into laboratories of “Mosavtosteklo” plant preserves and at the same time refreshes the building of the early XX century with a very interesting solution for the silhouette of its top floor.
The Contemplator
There is a house in one of the Moscow area villa communities that is strikingly different from its neighbors; the architects lovingly call this house a “spring”, and for a good reason: it is indeed “coiled” and “twisted” in such an interesting volumetric knot that it is fun to be both inside and outside of it.
​Hailstorm in Sun City
The park GRAD (the Russian for “hailstorm” and the Old Russian for “town” – translator’s note), situated next to a namesake shopping mall in Voronezh, is a park of a new type with natural and architectural elements, existing in the stream of leisure time economics.
ATOM ga,
  • May 21, 2019
​The Brodsky Planet
In Zurich, the exhibition "Planetarium", is coming to an end displaying works by Oleg Kudryashov and Peter Märkli, the exhibition space having been designed by Alexander Brodsky and Maria Kremer. The exhibition also features a replica of the “Vodka Ceremonies Pavilion” created by Anton Gorlenko from photos by Yuri Palmin.
  • May 15, 2019
Enter Varangian
A new project that is now being built next to the Chernyakhovsk cognac distillery falls in with the method proposed by TOTEMENT / PAPER in its project of the Cognac Museum, and continues its narrative. Meet and greet a new character in the compelling distillery saga.
​Wings of Spring
The housing complex situated on the border of the Polyustrovsky Park is all about its advantageous proximity to the forest land within the city boundaries. This proximity is also addressed on the imagery level: the houses look like an abstract pixel carpet that puts one in the mind of a spring forest.
​A Habitable Galaxy
APEX has headed the project of a large-scale residential complex in the north of Moscow, in which modern housing construction methods are combined with thought-out planning solutions, a recognizable image and an original landscaping concept.
APEX Project Bureau, Ostozhenka Bureau, Creative Union ‘Reserve’
​Dance of Verticals
The concept of the housing complex named LVIII is all about graceful inclusion of towers into the historical part of the city, as well as organizing an orderly and at the same time intriguing rhythm of volumes. Essentially, this is an image of a city growing upwards step by step.
  • April 15, 2019
​The Pleated House
Designed by Aleksey Medvedev, the apartment complex on the Franko Street takes on the role of an urban planning highlight without going beyond the limits of a reserved minimalist form. One of its peculiar features is a staircase with a zigzagged ramp, still a rare sight in Moscow.
Sports and Organics
The smoothly flowing façade outlines of the Mercure Hotel in the center of Saransk, designed, among other things, to accommodate for sports teams, became the result of long discussions and searching for the right form, originally based on the architects’ desire to reinterpret the Mordovia national motifs.
  • April 10, 2019
Going West
For the project of a large urban area in Kaliningrad, Asadov architects proposed a few original solutions that change one’s idea of modern housing construction and comfortable city environment.
ASADOV architects
  • April 8, 2019
  • Elena Petukhova
​A Town Within a Suburb
The construction of the first stage of “Novokraskovo” housing complex has been completed. Two city blocks set quite a different rhythm to the surrounding territory of the settlement: the new complex comes in larger increments, yet at the same time it is more flexible and diverse – of the true urban type.
Ostozhenka Bureau
When North Meets South
The apartment hotel “Europe” is an example of a housing project designed in a reserved Scandinavian style with an inclusion of nostalgic monumental techniques of the sixties and southern terraces.
​New Generation School
How does a school that has no room for boredom look like? This question was answered by UNK project in their project (no pun intended) of the educational complex to be built in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, which got a name of “Neskuchnaya Shkola” (“Boredom-free School”).
  • March 19, 2019
A String of Impressions
A “string” park designed for the first alluvial waterfront of the Vasilyevsky Island is full of modern functions, at the same time demonstrating a regular structure and a reference to the classic gardens of Saint Petersburg. The project won in the competition and is due to be implemented.
Studio 44
  • March 18, 2019
Garden and Arch Etude
The competition for the project of “Pokrovsky” housing complex, which is to be built in Izhevsk in the stead of the former gardeners’ non-commercial partnership, was won by Saint Petersburg’s MAYAK: Russian contextual nostalgia shows through the seemingly endless layers of metaphysics.
  • March 12, 2019
The Russian ​Butter Week Bastille
This year’s Butter Week Festival in Nikola-Lenivets witnessed the burning of Bastille designed by Nikolai Polissky. In this issue, we are scrutinizing the project while we still can.
  • March 7, 2019
  • Darya Gorelova
The “Ray” Approach to Architecture
The project of a shopping mall with a food court and a market to be built in the district of Barvikha, developed by the architectural firm “Mezonproject”, combines a soft ecological image and modernist molding of the architectural volume. The “rays” on the façade accentuate the contours of the building and show the directions of the roads as well.
  • February 19, 2019
​A Zeppelin Designed by Roman Leonidov
The architect Roman Leonidov gave a country house that he designed the name of ZEPPELIN in honor of the zeppelins that are to be frequently seen in drawings by the famous Ivan Leonidov, Roman’s namesake. The techno romance also prompted the architectural solution.
Studio of Roman Leonidov
  • February 13, 2019
​Frontier Worlds
A search for unconventional approaches to urban housing densification, new ideas for background architecture and addressing the issues of a space with a negative aura – all of this is to be found in the new housing project designed by OSA for a land site that, among other things, contains an abandoned monument of architecture.
  • February 5, 2019
Geometry of Integration
The project of a residential complex situated behind the Bypass Channel in Saint Petersburg is based on the architects’ search for the optimum balance between the construction regulations, the surrounding context, and their belief in the relevance of pure modernist architecture, free of any signs of stylization.
​Anatoly Stolyarchuk Architectural Studio
  • February 4, 2019
A Northern Flavor
Last week, Yakutsk announced the results of the competition for the best project of the Park of the Future Generations. The victory was won by the consortium of ATRIUM and Vostok+. Below we are sharing about the winning project and cover the concepts submitted by the other competitors.
  • January 29, 2019
​Pioneering the Environment
In their project of MITTE club house, the architects proposed a model for developing the territory adjacent to the main land site, proceeding from the method of working with the urban environment in the namesake district of Berlin and the characteristic features of Moscow architecture of the brink of the XX–XXI centuries.
APEX Project Bureau
  • January 25, 2019
  • Elena Petukhova
​An Architect about Architecture and Architects
In this article, we are giving a summary of a lecture by Alexander Skokan. The author’s subtitle is a subjective attempt to share about the professional problems.
Ostozhenka Bureau
  • January 11, 2019
  • Alexander Skokan
​Between the Past and the Future
Neatly inscribed into the respectable housing environment of the Petrogradskaya Side, the residential complex “Futurist” teeters on the brink of postconstructivism and Art Deco. Its main task, however, was to breathe new life into the building of the Levashovsky bread factory and make it flourish once again.
Evgeniy Gerasimov & partners
  • December 27, 2018