ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Hotels
  4. Russia
  5. Arkady Mordvinov
  6. 1953
  7. AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov
AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov +6

From the architect. Originally completed in 1953 as the Hotel Ukraina, the Royal Hotel was designed by Arkady Mordvinov and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky and stands as one of the “Seven Sisters” of Moscow (Mordvinov was acting as the Chairman of the Committee of Construction and Architecture at the time).  This five-star hotel complex was the tallest hotel in the world at its completion at 34 stories (650ft) and is sited on the banks of the Moskva River.  This unique site required considerable structural innovation during early construction, which will be discussed later in the feature.

The Seven Sisters are skyscrapers built in the Stalin-era the neoclassical Royal Hotel is one of the seven, accompanied by the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments, the Kudrinskaya Square Building, the Hotel Leningradskaya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main building of the Moscow State University, and the Red Gates Administrative Building.  A massive complex by any standards at almost one million square feet of floor area, the hotel boasts an array of lodging and entertainment offerings including over five hundred hotel rooms, thirty-eight extended stay apartments, five restaurants, a 400-person conference center, a 1000-person banquet hall, spa, and a fleet of river yachts.

Despite the heavy and monolithic presence of the Royal Hotel, the complex was actually constructed as a steel-framed high rise a construction mastered by the authority on steel framed buildings at the time, Oltarzhevsky.  The incredible mass of the complex belies its height which, at 34 stories in the tallest tower, requires the material characteristics of steel construction.  Another innovation necessitated by project dealt with the structural foundation of the complex.  The hotel’s proximity to the riverbed required the foundation to be set well below the water table as a result, the design and construction team utilized a perimeter of deep-well needle pumps for water retention purposes.

The hotel is open for business after a 3-year renovation that was completed in April 2010, which restored the façade and modernized the hotel infrastructure with advanced water cleaning systems and efficient air circulation systems.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: John Rizor. "AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov" 08 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/157690/ad-classics-royal-hotel-arkady-mordvinov/>
Read comments

14 Comments

Kelsey Elliott · September 21, 2011

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov | ArchDaily http://t.co/D9gAMiAl via @archdaily

Nicholas Patten · September 12, 2011

AD Classics: Royal Hotel. http://t.co/EEe7eyw

LINE STUDIO · September 10, 2011

??????????? ????????? "???????" ?? http://t.co/kHvliMW

http://t.co/a2X99E3

josip busljeta · September 10, 2011

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov http://t.co/NFvr4rB

Tweeted Times Top · September 09, 2011

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mor…: http://t.co/fJ6R5Eg most discussed on @Patricia_ee/architects (http://t.co/VcFI889)

Ola Cup · September 09, 2011

come to Warsaw and see another one! is it a copy of Culture's Palace? ;)

Martin D Brown · September 09, 2011

AD Classics: Royal Hotel, Moscow / Arkady Mordvinov http://t.co/rT7oqE1 #twitterstorians

Douglas Murphy · September 09, 2011

Archdaily&#39s &#39Classics&#39 feature goes off the fucking rails http://t.co/79KMeky #stalinism #socreal #ehwhat #sevensisters #jesus #wept

Clark · September 09, 2011

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov | ArchDaily: Originally completed in 1953 as the Hotel Ukraina, the ... http://t.co/HMd4T2G

WSBY · September 09, 2011

mordor.......... brrrrrrr

Travel Writer · September 09, 2011

RT| AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov: Photo by Marcus.net - http://t.co/4hn5m6t... http://t.co/IP4V2VP @archdaily

cinnamon_carter · September 09, 2011

RT @dandidier: AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov | ArchDaily http://t.co/DFlIPKP via @archdaily

Sherlock Holmes · September 09, 2011

love the Google place mark, lol: in the middle of nowhere of the Siberian woods. Come on guys, invest at least ten minutes in this!

Anthony Spennato · September 09, 2011 01:37 PM

I was just thinking the same.

Manuel Gonzalez ?. · September 09, 2011

AD Classics: Royal Hotel / Arkady Mordvinov http://t.co/cFD2GJe

···

Comments are closed

Read comments

AD经典: 皇家酒店 / Arkady Mordvinov