The residential complex with its simple cubic forms and richly decorated façades with their carved ornamentation is an architectural statement. It has been considerably influenced by the development’s surroundings as the old buildings on Granatny pereulok and the nearby Central House of Architects with its impressive portal created by Andrey Burov (a Soviet architect of the middle of the 20th century who largely used ornaments as an element of design). The architects came up with an own response to the question of the interaction between contemporary architecture and national cultural tradition, of the possibility to create architecture with the ability to age lingeringly and beautifully.
The complex consists of three structures of different height linked by glazed passages and by a shared underground space. The way the three blocks have been grouped around an internal courtyard results in a comfortable habitat on a very human scale. The L-shape of the complex encompasses an inner courtyard protected from street noise and reminiscent of traditional Moscow residential building typology. The underground floor is occupying the whole site’s territory and holds a garage as well as the technical premises.
The design of the façades as well as the interior spaces, also designed by SPEECH, constitutes a highly complex, richly decorative endeavour. It reminds the observer of Byzantine and Russian church ornamentation. Three distinct ornamental motifs are thematized by different materials on the façades – stone, glass and metal. Moreover, the outer decoration spills over into the design of inner spaces as the lobbies as well as in the apartments.Location: Moscow, Russia
Architect: SPEECH Tchoban/Kuznetsov