​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
  • November 21, 2018
  • Julia Tarabarina
​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.
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
Object
​Sky. Circles. Syncopes.
The recently built housing complex designed by ADM architects vividly shows how to make a whole city block out of but three towers, how to turn something that’s virtually flat into something volumetric, make houses of the same height look like something diverse, houses of odd height – like something uniformed, and integrate a maximum amount of sky and verdure into the environment that you create.
ADM
  • October 17, 2018
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.
A Hip-and-Valley Skyline
The ASTRA housing complex designed by SYNCHROTECTURE in the very center of the city of Perm is a rather famous one – it was showcased at several architectural festivals. The architects were able to find common ground with the city people, the surrounding nature, and the historical part of the city, at the same time bringing back to life two monuments of architecture of the XIX century.
​The Crystal of Music
The highly contemporary and technically sophisticated building of the philharmonic hall in Zaryadye Park combines interesting nonlinear solutions with a powerful retrospective of the sixties. At the same time, it is not conservative at all – rather, it can be understood as a metaphor or even “crystallization” of music, an art that is both emotional and mathematically abstract as well.
Creative Union ‘Reserve’
An Open House School
Designed by Archimatika, the gymnasium A+ on the territory of Kiev’s housing complex “Comfort Town” is remarkable not only for its architecture that can best be described as a “friendly fortress” but also for its openness: it is designed in such a way that both students and their parents can have a comfortable time here, and other children and adults as well.
Object
​Civitas ludens*
Tula, the city of rugged gunsmiths, got a new embankment – a relaxed space of a postindustrial type. It promptly reacts to all the difficulties presented by the context, treating them nicely and easily, more like a game than a tough challenge. The city center came alive with colors, interesting space solutions, and a multitude of possible behavioral scenarios. There are also lots of unusual and exciting kinds of entertainment for kids as well.
WOWHAUS
ATOM ag: “Provocative, Innovative, Beautiful”
ATOM group is a new interdisciplinary team of architects founded by Rustam Kerimov, Yury and Mark Safronov and Natalia Zaichenko on the basis of A-GA, AM PROEKTUS Architectural Office, and NZgroup. In this issue, we are trying to find out what the new group is all about – as is already known, its plans are quite ambitious: participating in contests, developing new types of façade materials, educational projects, urban planning, and expo design. All of these are united by the principle of “turnkey” solutions for project development.
​The Seliger Outpost
The building of the sales office of the Seliger City housing complex is a bright accent, from which begins the redevelopment of yet another industrial park on the Dmitrovskoe Highway.
Arhitekturium
  • September 27, 2018
  • Lara Kopylova
The White Thread
ARCHIMATIKA architects, the authors of the housing complex in the south part of Kiev, found a brilliant solution that unites three visually different volumes into a single living organism.
  • September 25, 2018
  • Lilya Aronova
The Tushino Gate
Tushino, the former famous Moscow airfield, which for the last twenty years has been a testing ground for various architectural experiments, may soon be augmented by a complex of towers near the Volokolamsk Highway designed by Ekaterinburg-based OSA architects. The towers are prominent yet reservedly noble-looking.
OSAArchitects
​Activation by Amelioration
A most interesting idea of a pilot renovation project developed by Ostozhenka and the Institute for Urban Economics consists in building underground parking garages combined with soil drains. In addition, the project is all about preserving the valuable land assets combined with the city getting a new large-scale street and a few minor ones as well.
Ostozhenka Bureau
  • August 21, 2018
​The Society of the Spectacle
Agence d’Architecture Anthony Bechu & Associés and SYNCHROTECTURE headed by Anton Barklyansky developed a reconstruction project for the Alexander Dumas French Lyceum in the Milyutinsky Alley. The authors’ main idea is all about connecting nations and epochs.
​Invisible Cities
How do the architects see the perfect cities of the future, and what must be done to achieve that ideal? Below is a report from the exhibition called “Ideal and Norm” and a conference that accompanied its opening with the participation of Scandinavian architects.
SPEECH, Studio 44, MLA+
  • August 13, 2018
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​Nikita Yavein: “We work on the architecture of streams”
The Venice Biennale lasts for half a year, until the 25th of November, so I don’t think it’s too late to speak about the Russian pavilion as well. We chose two of its expositions for closer examination, and in this issue, we are talking to (as it turned out) an honorary railroad man, Nikita Yavein.
Studio 44
  • July 31, 2018
  • Julia Tarabarina
​The Circle of Public Life
The community center of Kiev’s housing complex “Respublica” built upon the project of ARCHIMATIKA demonstrates a new format of territory organization, which includes landscape design elements, a playground, and a commercial function, inviting the residents of the complex to leave their homes and step outside.
​Social Network
T+T Architects has won the contest for designing a research and development cluster in Ekaterinburg with a project that was all about enhancing the spirit of one of the most dynamically developing companies on the Russian market.
Т+Т Architects
​Embroidery on Context
What is the Moscow Monorail metro line – a means of transportation or just an amusement ride? Keeping it in working order is detrimental to the city budget, and generally it is like a suitcase without a handle. The Wowhaus interns worked on the project of turning the Monorail into a “Monogarden”, a giant (5 square kilometers) urban tourist attraction that picks up on both local and city scenarios in terms of function and imagery as well.
WOWHAUS
  • July 23, 2018
  • Anna Agaphonova
​Where the Swans Live
In the Gorky Park, the Maly Golitsynsky Pond has been landscaped upon the project developed by “People’s Architect”. The place got deck-type embankments and a centerpiece of local importance – a floating pavilion for the swans to live in.
  • July 12, 2018
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​A Typical Anomaly
An unusual-looking façade of glass lamellae brought the Ostozhenka project of a business center located just inside the Garden Ring a well-deserved victory at ArchGlass 2018.
Ostozhenka Bureau
  • July 11, 2018
  • Elena Petukhova
Magda Cichon: “We lived on this for a year and a half”
The work done by the curators of the Venice Biennale mostly remains off-screen – the numerous industry reporters that come to the event don’t seem to write much about it. The backstage of this year’s biennale is uncovered by Magda Cichon, the managing partner and the chief architect of Blank Architects, who knows firsthand how it all went along.
Blank Architects
  • July 6, 2018
The Hornets’ Nest
The new office of the architectural firm ATRIUM reflects the original concept by Anton Nadtochiy and Vera Butko. There is an art object hanging in the center of a double-height space: it is at once a meeting room, the nucleus of the composition, and the presentation of the creative method.
ATRIUM
  • June 25, 2018
  • Lara Kopylova
​A Next Generation School
Upon the project of ARCHIMATIKA, Kiev has built a new building of the Pechersk School International, the image and structure of which answer the needs of the latest trends in pedagogy.
  • June 20, 2018
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​The Story of Apraksin Dvor
The Saint Petersburg Council for Cultural Heritage Sites has approved of the concept of renovating “Apraksin Dvor” proposed by “Studio 44”. Based on the stage-by-stage tactics of working with the numerous owners of the buildings situated on this land site, the concept provides for a lot of new functions and a pedestrian space with a driving entrance from the underground.
Object
​The Grand Façade
The project of “Golden City” housing complex is unique in many respects: as an example of consequential implementation of the results of the competition, as an experience of joint work of a Russian and a Dutch team, and as an experiment of developing a high-profile construction on the basis of the city block technology.
A-Len, KCAP Architects & Planners, Orange Architects
​The Connecting Link
Blank Architects have changed the outer image and the inner content of a shopping mall in Moscow’s area of Otradnoe, turning it into a converging point of the public life of the neighborhood.
Blank Architects
​Low-rise City Blocks in the Orenburg Plains
Prepared by Sergey Kiselev and Partners, the concept of developing a 150-hectare chunk of land at the outskirts of Orenburg has at least two major string points: the presence of a fair number of what usually is considered to be the components of a comfortable city and the absence of any overly “marketing” techniques – in other words, the project is realistic to the bone.
Sergey Kisselev & Partners
​The Red Park
Wowhaus turned a park in the center of Moscow into a great space for recreation and outdoor activities where everyone will find a place for himself by following red guiding marks.
WOWHAUS
​In Search of Paradise Lost
Headed by Vladimir Bindeman, “Arhitekturium” developed an architectural and town planning concept for the “Paradise Waters” seaside resort situated on the Bintan Island in Indonesia.
Arhitekturium
  • April 27, 2018
  • Lara Kopylova
​More Metaphorically Than Literally
There is an argument going on in Saint Petersburg: will it be OK to add a new wing (of modern architecture) to the Dostoyevsky Literary Memorial Museum or is it only allowed to recreate the lost tenement house nearby? In this article, we are covering the preliminary concept of the museum building.
Evgeniy Gerasimov & partners
  • April 26, 2018
  • Seraphima Lvovskaya
​Wooden Stones
The conceptual project by Totan Kuzembaev and the Sokolsky woodworking integrated plant is meant to demonstrate the diversity of design solutions that use wooden CLT panels, and the possibilities for combining these panels with concrete structures, including the field of renovating the Soviet-era five-story houses instead of tearing them down completely.
Totan Kuzembaev Architectural Studio
  • April 26, 2018
​House above the Trees
The world’s one and only private residence designed by Zaha Hadid was recently finished in the Moscow area town of Barvikha.
Zaha Hadid Architects
  • April 24, 2018
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​An Expensive Thing to Do
In this issue, we talk to ten architects about how relevant/irrelevant the ideas of reconstruction and redevelopment are.
Herzog & de Meuron, OMA, , DNK Architectural Group, BuroMoscow, Ginzburg Architects, City-Arch, FORM, APEX Project Bureau
​La Dolce Vita
In the project of the settlement with a telltale name of “Rafinad” (which literally translates as "Sugar Cubes"), located in the Khimki district of the Moscow area, PANACOM architects came up with the kind of housing that is versatile, human-friendly, and comfortable.
PANACOM