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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.
TOTEMENT/PAPER
​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.
  • 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.
TOTEMENT/PAPER
​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-Len
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​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.
A-Len
  • 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
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​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.
Mezonproekt
  • 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.
OSAArchitects
  • 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
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​Fire and Ice: Architecture of Contradictions
The Hotel complex designed by TOTEMENT / PAPER for Kamchatka, reinterprets the nature and the culture of the peninsula, at the same time challenging the cataclysms of the earthquake endangered zone, using the modern technologies to create pure, open, and beautiful architecture.
TOTEMENT/PAPER
The Temple of Hospitality
The pavilion of Chacha Ceremonies at the festival of arts in Tbilisi is almost the quintessence of a few “archetypal” techniques of Alexander Brodsky; and at the same time the Georgian sunshine and wine must have given to it quite a different quality – it looked no longer fragile and brittle but rather as if it was almost made of stone.
Architecture of Health
The authors of the first building of the Medical Cluster that opened in September 2018 in Skolkovo research center, Asadov Bureau and the company Transumed, came up with unconventional solutions for the healthcare facilities, proposing a new typology of architecture of health.
​The “Barn” Method
The architects of XOPA architecture bureau exhibited at Tbilisi Architecture Biennial with a “barn” pavilion turning it into a “manifesto of architecture without an architect”.
Khora
  • December 24, 2018
  • Darya Gorelova
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​A Nest of Gentlefolk of the XXI Century
Built by ADM on Moscow’s Sparrow Hills, the new residential complex, although totally up-to-date, shows nobility in its every detail, being a rightful heir to the legacy of this legendary part of Moscow.
ADM
  • December 19, 2018
​Nostalgia for the Future
The project bureau APEX has designed for Mosfilm a studio floor and a House of Costume and Stage Property in the style of honest modernism of the information age, aestheticized by modern colors and building materials.
From a Co-mmune House to Co-living
In the apartment complex CO_LOFT, designed by DNK ag, the industrial heritage of the 1930’s is reinterpreted through the ideas of the 1920’s, when the search for new types of housing was one of the main branches of architecture.
  • December 17, 2018
​The Story of One Identity
The architectural firm Archimatika is sharing about its experience of developing a new brand image – still recognizable yet fresh and reflecting the company’s main values: humanistic character, versatility, and a systematic approach.
  • December 13, 2018
​A Change of Image
The OSA Group created a new version of high-rise towers in order to restart Ekaterinburg’s unfinished construction, at the same time trying to make the super-dense housing environment as comfortable as possible.
OSAArchitects
  • December 12, 2018
​A Home for the Perfect Client
Designing “P-house” on the Dmitrovskoye Highway, the architects of “Fourth Dimension” embellished the small-house genre with a few themes of big architecture. The client and builder granted the authors Vsevolod Medvedev and Mikhail Kanunnikov absolute freedom of action and implemented their plan to the maximum quality.
4izmerenie
  • December 11, 2018
​Transforming a Suburb
Giving the new housing complex in the village of Mostets in the Yaroslavl region the name of “Preobrazhenie” (which translates as “Transfiguration”), its authors set for themselves a task of changing not only the image of the place but the psychology of its residents as well.
A-GA, ATOM ga
  • December 5, 2018
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​Rhythmic Etude
Situated in the north of Moscow, the housing complex “Caramel” was to have one outboard balcony per each apartment. Such a composition inevitably creates a “thermometer look” – but ADM Architects were able to “kill” this undesirable effect by introducing a play of planks of every conceivable hue of the chocolate color.
ADM
  • November 27, 2018
​A Sports Hill
Designed at the edge of “Laikovo” housing complex, the Academy of Badminton fits in nicely with its surroundings without going beyond the boundaries of the lexicon of modern architecture.
  • November 29, 2018
​Icon vs Painting
The curator of the exhibition “Pilgrimage of Russian Art. From Dionysius to Malevich”, Arkadiy Ippolitov, mixed up works from different centuries, while the design of the exposition, developed by Sergey Tchoban and Agnia Sterligova, helps to arrange these intertwined sophisticated narratives, joining them together with a glow of holiness.
​Inspired by Retrofuturism
Proposed by Nikita Biryukov, the project of reconstructing the former Communication House, which stands in the beginning of the New Arbat Street, keeps up the proportions and logic of the existing building, at the same time clearing it up and giving it a more contemporary look with a slight note of “retro” that can be traced back to the techno-futurism of the 1930’s.
ABV Group
  • November 23, 2018
  • Julia Tarabarina
​The Headquarters of “Garage”
In this issue, we are publishing one of the chapters of the book dedicated to the reconstruction of the headquarters of the “Garage” museum in Gorky Park, and to the research of this multilayered building. The reconstruction project was developed by FORM.
FORM
  • November 22, 2018
​Meticulous Work
The two units of the house on the Dolgorukovskaya Street look like Russian treasure chests, while the brickwork of their walls echoes the belfry of the Saint Nicolas Church in Novaya Sloboda. The project, although small, became the result of thorough analysis of the architectural environment and was selected out of many other options.
APEX Project Bureau
​Carousel. Tree. Tower.
The premier of “The Magic Flute” (Die Zauberflöte) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the scenery designed by Sergey Kuznetsov and Agnia Sterligova (Planet 9) in “Helikon-Opera” is a pure delight for adults and children alike (the opera is staged in two versions). The stage design is the core, upon which is strung the wild narrative about the controversy between the feminine and masculine.
  • November 19, 2018
Preserving the “Fridge”
A concept project that provides for preserving the non-protected cold-storage warehouse on the Dubininskaya Street, located in the very center of the rapidly growing Paveletskaya industrial zone.
GRAN
15 Facts about the Narkomfin Building
The restoration of the Narkomfin Building is in full swing – in May, they began selling the apartments. So, how much do we really know about the famous monument of constructivist architecture? We had a chat with Aleksey Ginsburg, counted the misconceptions and tried to dispel them, at the same time delving into the details of the restoration process and making a diligent study of the house.
Ginzburg Architects