In the center of the capital you can count on the finders of one hand the places where time flows differently, space looks different and distances are measured in minutes. Where your favorite cafes, restaurants, chamber theater studios, art galleries and boutiques on the first floors of profitable pre-revolutionary houses are just around the corner. In one of these places, within the Garden, there is, in addition to all of the above, a tennis park with a pond for leisurely walks and corners covered with mystical charm. This is the area of the Patriarch's Ponds. A completely unique place with a paradoxical combination of life boiling in the narrow streets until late in the evening and quiet green courtyards, bourgeois ceremonial and respectable neighbors. Within the Garden Ring in one of these places there is, in addition to all of the above, a tennis park with a pond for leisurely walks and corners covered with mystical charm. This is the area of the Patriarch's Ponds. A completely unique place with a paradoxical combination of bustling life on narrow streets until late in the evening and quiet green courtyards, as well as bourgeois ceremonial and respectable neighbors.
For the architects of APEX it was important to create an environment and different scenarios of life for the residents. Another equally important priority: on a small plot, link the historical facades of the great Russian architect Fyodor Shechtel with the modern ones. Find the rhythm, proportions and facade materials that would not argue with the red-brick objects of cultural heritage and at the same time have their own bright and memorable image.
Premium Apartment Complex "Levenson"
9 474 m2
The new life of the buildings of the former Levinson printing house in Trekhprudny Lane is connected with the conversion of the offices located in them into a complex of premium-class apartments "Levenson". This is an interesting format of the complex, in which future residents can choose an apartment in both historical buildings and modern ones, live in a detached mansion or have breakfast on their own terrace, grow basil on the patio or enjoy the night sky through an open attic window.
In the first building, which once served as a printing shop, two entrance lobbies are allocated, apartments with their own patios on the ground floor are arranged, and exclusive lots in the attic with fireplaces and terraces are provided. Lots of different sizes are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. In the fourth building there are two-level lots with access to the terraces.
The facade of the second building with semicircular windows and openwork railings of French balconies enters into a dialogue with the long historical first building located in parallel, while it does not dispute its primacy, even "disappears", dissolves due to its light color finish. In the visual memory, only the outline of the arched windows remains, slightly outlined by copper slopes. The facade facing the courtyard and visible from Trekhprudny Lane, on the contrary, is more solid and more powerful. He "speaks" louder, articulating clearly and stating his position in the alley. Tapering brick pilasters of triangular cross-section with interlocking ornamental ceramic inserts, coupled with glass railings of French balconies, create a restrained European minimalistic, but at the same time not contrasting with the objects of cultural heritage image.
The final chord is the seventh case. A two-storey duplex in the center of Moscow with a private courtyard, modern facades made of bronze, stone and brick, a fireplace and a ceiling height of 4 meters. In the basement of the 7th building with an entrance from Trekhprudny — rent, it can perfectly accommodate a French pastry shop, coffee shop or art gallery.
The architects of APEX offered a variant of the facade with Dutch glazed tiles of a mother-of-pearl hue and semicircular portals of windows as an homage to the Art Nouveau era in contrast to the strict modernist grid of windows and a small amount of decor.
And a completely glass facade designed to blend in with the historical surroundings.