The residential complex on Simonovskaya embankment - in one of the most unique and pristine places in Moscow - is being implemented by APEX bureau on the basis of the architectural and urban planning concept, front-line facade solutions and landscaping of the Swedish bureau Semren & Mansson Group. The new project consists of 7 multi-storey dominant towers on the first line of the coast and 4 residential buildings with variable number of storeys on the second line. The site area, which previously represented industrial storage facilities and was unavailable for visiting, will envisage a modern residential quarter and a city park. It combines all the conditions for a varied and active life: spaces for events and meetings, an equipped recreation area near along the embankment, a wooden amphitheater, areas for creative activities, a preschool educational institution, a courtyard without cars with playgrounds and a large sports and recreation centre with a swimming pool, whereas the stylobate area will accomodate restaurants, cafes, shops and a fitness club.
286 611 m2
Concept, PD, DD
The complex is situated in a central, advantageous position: within walking distance one can reach Avtozavodskaya and Dubrovka metro stations, about 3 km away there is Paveletskaya railway and metro station and Proletarskaya. The project envisages an additional passage along Simonovskaya embankment. Adjacent forest zones, ponds, the Torpedo sports cluster, Simonovsky monastery, Streltsov sports complex, ZIL cultural center, kindergartens and schools provide a high standard of living in terms of social and transport infrastructure.
The architectural expressiveness of the project is achieved by means of shaping and massing: the curve of the development emphasizing the contours of the coastline along with the Scandinavian-style twin towers, turned against each other so as to allow for better view characteristics, create a speaking silhouette of the residential complex. Sectional U-shaped buildings in the form of a theatrical stage create a calm neutral background and provide private space for the residents of the complex, while eloquent dominant towers on the embankment, energetic as if in a dance, turned at different angles add complementarity to the overall look. The location of the towers is chosen so as to maximize the number of apartments with great views on the embankment, their shadows protecting the residents from intense sunlight in spring/summer.
The interconnection of architecture and surroundings served as inspiration for the stylistic solution of the facades. The walls of the building react to fresh river air and ripples of water, leaving a trace on the facade in the form of a wave-like rhythm of loggias with delicate brass finish. The plasticity of the facades is achieved by means of subtle horizontal lines, which symbolize the dynamics of wind gusts. This metaphor brings movement and lightness to the riverine zone of the complex.
The difference in height of the buildings allows for designing terraces on the upper floors, which is an integral solution when designing near coastal zones where visual characteristics are always the “trump card” of the project. The lower part of the buildings has a clinker tile finishing with a textured surface - this allows to preserve a human scale and keep an overall sense of comfort and coziness, which is so rare for large residential projects. Entrance groups are embellished with panoramic glazing, they mutually integrate the external and internal space of the complex and create a sense of continuity of the environment.
The main idea of the project is conservation and sensible landscaping of the prestine embankment in Moscow within the Third Ring Road, preservation of the coastal nature and rethinking of the industrial past of the territory. By using a variety of landscaping techniques, a unique environment is being created with alternating open and closed spaces. This alternation makes it possible to focus on different types of settings forming thereby diverse scenarios for the territory use. Flexuous wooden paths have a distinct geometry: the lines of the routes are constantly changing, thus forming new recreational areas and walking paths to access the water.