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.
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 OutpostThe 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.
The White ThreadARCHIMATIKA 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.
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.
Activation by AmeliorationA 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.
The Society of the SpectacleAgence 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 CitiesHow 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.
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.
The Circle of Public LifeThe 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 NetworkT+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.
Embroidery on ContextWhat 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.
Where the Swans LiveIn 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.
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.
The Hornets’ NestThe 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.
A Next Generation SchoolUpon 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.
The Story of Apraksin DvorThe 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.
The Grand FaçadeThe 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.
PRO-apartments: Diversity through ParametrizationThe Kiev-based architectural company ARKHIMATIKA has developed a new standard for the apartment floor plans used in housing projects: their “PRO-apartments” make every square meter of the floor space useful and become one of the prerequisites for comfortable housing construction.
The Connecting LinkBlank 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.
Low-rise City Blocks in the Orenburg PlainsPrepared 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.
APEX: “The quality requirements are extremely high”The specialists of APEX project bureau have shared with Archi.ru about their participation in the project of developing the territory of the former Badaevsky Brewery in Moscow, and about the engineering and technological solutions that were used in that project.
In Search of Paradise LostHeaded by Vladimir Bindeman, “Arhitekturium” developed an architectural and town planning concept for the “Paradise Waters” seaside resort situated on the Bintan Island in Indonesia.
More Metaphorically Than LiterallyThere 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.
Wooden StonesThe 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.
La Dolce VitaIn 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.
For the Sake of the ViewThe project of the elite residential complex “Z-House” was developed by the architectural firm ATRIUM for a closed competition that evaluated not only the quality and beauty of the project’s architecture but also the presence of solutions that are the most popular and expected at today’s real estate market.
Building Blocks for GulliverOn the crest of the Krylatskie Hills, a housing complex is being completed, unprecedented in its diversity of architectural solutions employed in its construction and in its constructional complexity. The answers to these challenges were found by the Dutch architects de Architekten Cie in collaboration with the Russian bureau APEX.
A Welcome InterventionIn his new project, Sergey Skuratov explores the theme of balancing out the static and the dynamic components of his architecture, continues experimenting with brick façades, tries new elements of housing construction, but, most importantly, solves the ever-so numerous town planning issues of a large fragment of Moscow’s urban environment.
Moscow Area ManègeThe team of “People’s Architect” has developed a project of restoring the Manège in the town of Zvenigorod. The building will recover its historical form; then it will host the Zvenigorod museum of history and architecture, enriched with the functions of a cultural and community center.
Architectural TherapyIn this issue, we are publishing the contest project of renovating city blocks 32, 33, 34, and 35 on the Vernadskogo Avenue by a consortium of OAO “Mosproject” and OOO “Ginsburg Architects”.
The White Tree
The residential complex “Wine House” is one of the first real-life examples of cooperation between Vladimir Plotkin and Sergey Tchoban in one project – a thought-out, graphic and reserved dialogue between the new and the old in the center of the city, a play in a few “acts”, from the XIX to the XXI century.
Remembering BauhausCan one express in architecture the connection between Bauhaus School and its professor Vasily Kandinsky? Working on a housing project with maximum values of density, depth, and height, UNK Project made such an attempt, arranging in a freehand manner several 12-story slabs in three dimensions of a waterfront area.
Continuing What Was Once StartedThe project of an office-and-hotel complex located on the first kilometer of the Rublevo-Uspenskoe Highway develops their old ideas and responds to the architecture of the buildings that “Sergey Kisselev and Partners” had built earlier in this area.