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.
  • Lara Kopylova
  • June 19, 2019
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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​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.
  • June 13, 2019
  • Darya Gorelova
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
  • Lara Kopylova
​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.
  • Alyona Kuznetsova Julia Tarabarina
  • June 5, 2019
​Tower in a City
The high-end residential complex in the Elektrichesky Lane: historical background and details.
  • June 7, 2019
  • Seraphima Lvovskaya
​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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​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.
  • May 29, 2019
  • Julia Tarabarina
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.
  • May 23, 2019
  • Julia Tarabarina
​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
  • Lara Kopylova
​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.
  • May 14, 2019
  • Julia Tarabarina
​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.
  • May 13, 2019
  • Darya Gorelova
​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’
  • Elena Petukhova
  • April 29, 2019
​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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
​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.
  • April 11, 2019
  • Julia Tarabarina
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
  • Alyona Kuznetsova
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
  • Julia Tarabarina
  • March 25, 2019
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.
  • March 26, 2019
  • Oleg Guichar
​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.
  • 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