Since the end of the 19th century, Derbenevskaya Street has been distinguished by its industrial context - various manufactories were concentrated in the Kozhevnichesky district and the site itself was located on the territory of the former Farbwerke plant (later - Aniltrest Derbenevsky Chemical Plant, Derbenevsky Chemical Plant named after I.V. .Stalin, JSC "Koloros", and, finally, the Technopark "Kozhevniki"). Thus, the volume-spatial composition of the complex is largely dictated by the history and spirit of the place: existing buildings 1, 2 and 10 are preserved and adapted on the site (DK "Farbwerke" and hostels). These volumes form the front, set the rhythm and support the corner of Derbenevskaya street and Zhukov passage.
The entrance group is a metaphorical story that emerged from the image of a weightless veil, a permeable border between the modern and the historical. Like a veil blown by the wind, the anodized aluminum lamellas open, inviting residents and guests inside, and reveal from a new perspective the coexistence between the architecture of the late 19th century and of nowadays.
RC on Derbenevskaya St
172 600 m2
The volume of the complex balances the somewhat chaotic rhythm of the street and complements it with emerging elements and pauses, creating a holistic composition. The front is flanked by two high-rise towers – one at the intersection of Derbenevskaya-Zhukov passage, the other one – at the opposite point of the site. Together they draw an axis of pseudo symmetry, dividing the composition into 2 parts formed from volumes of different heights with voids, which unload the massive closed circuit and convey dynamics to the volumes whilst providing access of natural light to the courtyards. Such a compositional solution functionally divides the space into private and public: street retail forms a buffer zone while pedestrian streets between blocks act as an intermediate functional link between courtyards and a busy road.
The compositional dominant of the project is the 120-meter tower with a parametrically replicated in a checkerboard pattern module. The tower is located in the depth of the site - due to this, it does not put pressure on the low-rise buildings of the street front, and at the same time forms a complex and expressive silhouette in the fabric of the city.
The faсade solutions of the volumes facing the street front and directly interacting with the preserved buildings of the late 19th century are adapted to the existing compositional structure of the street and respect its scale and rhythm. In the decoration of the new buildings, we used natural materials of tranquil shades - concrete, metal, brick. Thanks to their eye-catching yet rational plastic solutions and details, the new buildings emphasize the historical ones and their original decoration.
The volumes located in the depth of the site do not have a strict need to emphasize the historical context of the nearby buildings, therefore they are high-rise and have the most expressive facade solutions made mainly of elongated facing bricks and decorative multidirectional masonry. Back in the 19th century, redbrick production workshops with decorative bonding of the masonry and arched lintels above the window openings were situated on this fragment of the site, which affected the plasticity of the facades.