Since the 2000s the Khamovniki neighborhood, which was made elite back in the times of Moscow master plan development of 1935, was conquered by developers with hurricane speed. The last pockets of resistance, the areas of textile production facilities lurking along the river, fell quite recently. Only toponyms remained from the former glory of manufactories: the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Truzhenikov lanes, named after “Trud” sewing factory that used to be located here.
On a 0.15 hectares plot in the 1st Truzhenikov Lane there is a two-story house with an attic built in 1928 that has no historical value and subject to demolishion. In its place, it is planned to build a premium 45-meter residential complex. Squeezed between a two-story building from 1917 and an 8-story new construction, the site bears an onerous burden of the targeted economical parameters. Courtyard space and close proximity to tall surroundings are the two main points to keep in mind when "scooping out" the numbers.
Residential complex "Truzhenikov"
10 150 m2
When working on the concept, we proposed several options in order to find the perfect volumetric solution:
∙ Two volumes with a courtyard between them;
∙ Three conjugate volumes lined up diagonally;
∙ A mono-volume with a gradual roof decrease;
∙ A mono-volume placed on a light glass base with subtle facade plasticity in the upper part.
Functionally the volume is divided vertically into four parts:
∙ Underground parking for 93 cars;
∙ First floor with an entrance group and non-residential premises for rent;
∙ From the 2nd to the 10th floor - apartments combined into blocks with separate elevator, 2-4 apartments per site;
∙ An exploitable landscaped roof for the residents.
The first three options either did not meet the technical and economical parameters, had window-to-window views, or did not provide the residents with a full-fledged inner courtyard. The fourth and the last option simultaneously satisfies several criteria that are important for the client: it meet the target numbers, has a private courtyard and supports the development line of the lane.
The facade of the building is made of two materials: satin glass on the first two floors, and emerald-colored ceramics on the 3-10th floors. The pattern of the facade in volumetric ceramics contrasts with its lightweight two-story base. The tile evokes associations with a richly ornamented draped silk canvas, while the stylobate part reminds of white tulle, the small folds of which seem to sway in the wind. Thanks to this technique, the building, which has quite impressive dimensions, seems lighter and more balanced. The bright image that echoes the history of the district is memorable at first sight, has no analogues on the residential real estate market and looks fresh and relevant.