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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
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
  • Polina Sadova
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
  • Lara Kopylova
​DNK ag: “Reconstruction is very much like coming up with a new life”.
In this article, we are speaking to the curators of the reconstruction intensive PRO conducted by the MARCH school of architecture about the relevance of this topic, successful cases of reconstruction, and about the benefits of the approach based on the preservation of the old buildings.
DNK Architectural Group
  • February 18, 2019
  • Angelina Utter
​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
  • Lara Kopylova
​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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
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
  • Polina Sadova
​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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​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.
  • Julia Tarabarina
  • December 26, 2018
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.
  • December 26, 2018
  • Julia Tarabarina
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.
  • December 25, 2018
  • Elena Petukhova
​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”.
  • December 24, 2018
  • Darya Gorelova
​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.
  • 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.
  • December 18, 2018
  • Oleg Guichar
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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​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.
  • December 12, 2018
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​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.
  • December 11, 2018
  • Lara Kopylova
​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.
  • December 5, 2018
​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.
  • 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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​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.
  • November 26, 2018
  • Julia Tarabarina
​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.
  • 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.
  • November 19, 2018
  • Lara Kopylova
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.
  • November 1, 2018
  • Julia Tarabarina
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
  • October 18, 2018
  • Lara Kopylova Julia Tarabarina
​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’
  • Julia Tarabarina
  • October 15, 2018
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.
  • October 16, 2018
  • Lara Kopylova
​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.
  • October 17, 2018
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.
  • October 12, 2018
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​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.
  • Julia Tarabarina
  • October 9, 2018
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.
  • October 1, 2018
  • Julia Tarabarina
​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.
  • 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.
  • August 23, 2018
  • Alyona Kuznetsova