The headquarter “Novatek”, located at the corner of Leninsky avenue and Udalcova str., stands out not only because of its modestly-elegant appearance but also due to the unique building services concept – it is one of the first buildings in Moscow conforming to European standards of energy efficient design.
The 12-floor though seemingly six-storey building shows up as an isolated object visible from all sides. Therefore, it accentuates the four façades each of which differs significantly from the other ones. The main façade looking out to Leninsky Avenue is characterised by the rhythm of the curved vertical stripes each of which binds two floors together. Seen from a vehicle passing by, the impression is that of a wave running through the whole façade. The stripes run around the corner thus repeating the wave effect on one of the narrow side façades. The other two façades are plain as they look out to the site of which the major part is landscaped. A rather unusual handling among the maximum-use oriented architecture of today’s Moscow.
All four façades are covered in massive stone plates emphasizing their materiality. Stone is subjected to riffling so as to accentuate the surface and to allow for noble ageing as rain and dust will stress the relief of the wall and thus strengthen the patina effect. In its fairly modest appearance the building perfectly blends into the urban context of late Soviet architecture. However, it far surpasses its surroundings by the superior quality in material and workmanship.
The concept of the exterior continues inside the building with well elaborated interiors, also designed by architects. Inside, one can find ribbed stone and wooden finishes whereas the wave form of the façade is present in many details – in door-handles and patterns of the floor covering.
The innovative energy concept is carried out through a cooling ceiling system and double façades with interagted sun shades which allow for natural ventilation throughout the year. Besides, this façade enables an effective heat exchange control and protects the building from the street noise. The building is one of the first Russian buildings to conform to European Union standards of sustainable architecture and is nominated for the LEED certificate.Location: Moscow, Russia
Architect: SPEECH Tchoban/Kuznetsov