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OPTIMEDIA Media Agency Office / Nefa Architects

05:00 - 26 August, 2015
OPTIMEDIA Media Agency Office / Nefa Architects, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • Chief Architect

    Dmitry Ovcharov
  • Authors Team

    Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Yasko
  • Architects

    Victor Kolupaev, Olga Ivleva

  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Infobox / project eleven

22:00 - 20 August, 2015
Infobox / project eleven, © Ilia Ivanov
© Ilia Ivanov

© Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • Architects in Charge

    Igor Chirkin, Aleksey Podkidyshev
  • Landscape and Masterplan

    Asse architects
  • Area

    30.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Enter Russia's Tiny Mud-Clad Museum for Rural Labour

09:30 - 15 August, 2015
Enter Russia's Tiny Mud-Clad Museum for Rural Labour, © Dmitry Chebanenko
© Dmitry Chebanenko

Standing tall in the expansive landscape of Western Russia, the monolithic Museum for Rural Labor is an architectural beacon for the Kaluga Oblast region. Built of local straw and clay, the eight meter tower is comprised of one round sunlit room adorned with the instruments of manual labor. Jarring, unexpected and mysterious, the museum was conceived by Russian architects Sergei Tchoban and Agniya Sterligova to pay homage to the region's deep agricultural history. Defined by a stark and unorthodox form, the tower disrupts the Russian landscape while simultaneously serving as a wayfinding device for residents from the nearby village of Zvizzhi.

Enter the rudimentary world of the Museum for Rural Labour after the break.

© Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko © Dmitry Chebanenko +28

VTB Ice Palace / SPEECH Architectural Office

02:00 - 9 August, 2015
VTB Ice Palace / SPEECH Architectural Office, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Park Legend © Ilya Ivanov © Park Legend +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avtozavodskaya ulitsa, 23, Moskva, Russia, 115280
  • Architects in Charge

    Sergei Tchoban, Nikolai Gordyushin, Sergey Popov, Alexey Evsikov, Alexey Bolotin
  • Area

    70300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art

04:00 - 5 August, 2015
Examining OMA's Two Latest Venues for Contemporary Art, Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen
Fondazione Prada, Milan. Image © Bas Princen

In an article for DesignCurial, Shumi Bose visits OMA's new galleries in Milan and Moscow: the Fondazione Prada and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Noting that "the mythologies [between OMA and Miuccia Prada] have become inextricably intertwined" over recent years, "the purpose of [the Fondazione Prada] was to produce a range of spaces for the creation, display of and engagement with art; what results is the built realisation of a particular ethos, affording the protean OMA a return to form. And it was always going to be stylish." Bose's flowing description of the building and its spaces, which she ultimately praises as "a place which will bear return," leads into an equally compelling description of Garage for which she recognises its clear "contribution [...] in supporting, indeed composing, the very narrative of Russian contemporary art."

Yandex HQ Second Stage / Atrium

22:00 - 3 August, 2015
Yandex HQ Second Stage / Atrium, Courtesy of Atrium
Courtesy of Atrium

Courtesy of Atrium Courtesy of Atrium Courtesy of Atrium Courtesy of Atrium +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    ulitsa Lva Tolstogo, 16, Moskva, Russia, 119021
  • Design Team

    Anton Nadtochiy, Vera Butko, Tatiana Matvienko, Nikolay Filatov, Petr Alimov, Julia Ranneva, Alexander Malygin, Ivan Khripkov
  • Contractor

    КМТ
  • Area

    12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Atrium

Private Art Foundation / MEL | Architecture and Design

02:00 - 27 July, 2015
Private Art Foundation / MEL | Architecture and Design, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin © Fedor Dubinnikov © Pavel Chaunin © Yuri Palmin +25

Black and White Apartment / Crosby Studios

05:00 - 25 July, 2015
Black and White Apartment / Crosby Studios, © Evgeny Evgrafov
© Evgeny Evgrafov

© Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Leningradskiy prospekt, Moskva, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Harry Nuriev, Dmitry Vorontsov, Olga Boris
  • Area

    64.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Pernod Ricard Rouss Office / UNK project

22:00 - 23 July, 2015
Pernod Ricard Rouss Office / UNK project, Courtesy of UNK project
Courtesy of UNK project

Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project Courtesy of UNK project +37

Attic for an Architect / buro5

19:00 - 17 July, 2015
Attic for an Architect / buro5, © Luciano Spinelli
© Luciano Spinelli

© Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Denisyuk
  • Area

    49.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Stanislavsky Electrotheatre / Wowhaus

02:00 - 17 July, 2015
Stanislavsky Electrotheatre / Wowhaus, © Natalya Kuprianova
© Natalya Kuprianova

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tverskaya ulitsa, 23, Moskva, Russia, 123001
  • Workshop Heads

    Dmitry Likin, Oleg Shapiro
  • Chief Project Architect

    Edward Rusenko
  • Senior Architect

    Mikhail Kozlov
  • Architects

    Maria Gulida, Viktoria Kudryavtseva, Olga Lebedeva, Anastasia Maslova, Darya Melnik, Maria Panova, Anna Proshkuratova, Olga Rokal, Alexandra Chertkova, Anna Rodionova, Darya Mozhaeva
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

10 Shortlisted to Re-Envision Kazan's Kaban Lake Embankments

14:08 - 14 July, 2015
10 Shortlisted to Re-Envision Kazan's Kaban Lake Embankments, Project site. Image Courtesy of competition organizers
Project site. Image Courtesy of competition organizers

Ten finalist have been shortlisted as part of an open, two-stage competition set to redesign the Kaban lake system embankments in Kazan. Held under the authority of the Republic of Tatarstan Government, the competition will now ask the remaining teams to work on other town-planning projects in the Republic of Tatarstan held within the three context of the Water-Conservation Zones Year - in Kazan, Naberezhnye Chelny, Nizhnekamsk, Almetyevsk and other cities. Visiting sessions with the President of the Republic will be organized to introduce the context of the competition to the finalists.

The Winner will receive one million Rubles and a contract for the design project development of the future embankment.

The 10 remaining finalists are...

Nikolay Polissky Creates Towering, Handcrafted Structures Across Russia

08:00 - 12 July, 2015
Nikolay Polissky Creates Towering, Handcrafted Structures Across Russia, Beaubourg (2013). Image © Ilya Ivanov
Beaubourg (2013). Image © Ilya Ivanov

Born in 1957 in Moscow, artist Nikolay Polissky creates impressive, handcrafted structures in the middle of Russia's vast landscapes. Mostly carried out in the town of Nikola Lenivets -- located 200 km from the Russian capital --  his works are built entirely by the area's residents, using local materials, such as branches, trunks and wooden tables. Traditional construction techniques are used as a starting point for the projects. 

His work is inspiring not only because of its imposing form, but also because he managed to re-activate a semi-abandoned village through art and architecture, involving residents in the creative process and transforming the region into a sort of open cultural center. Since 2003, his work has been part of Archstoyanie, the largest Land-Art festival in Russia.

Gates of Perm (2011). Image © Tima Radya Hyperboloid / Volcano (2009). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky Lighthouse (2004). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky Media tower (2002). Image Courtesy of Nikolay Polissky +39

Variant Studio's Moscow Metro Proposal: The World’s Quietest Metro Station?

06:00 - 3 July, 2015
Variant Studio's Moscow Metro Proposal: The World’s Quietest Metro Station?, Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio
Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio

When thinking of metro stations, the word quiet generally doesn’t come to mind—with all of the train and pedestrian traffic, not only is noise produced in high quantities, but it is also echoed. With this issue in mind, London-based Variant Studio created their proposal for the competition to design the new Novoperedelkino station in Moscow, Russia. Although not selected as the winning design, Variant was one of five shortlisted teams. Learn more about their silent proposal after the break. 

Metro Platform. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio Metro Tunnel. Image Courtesy of Variant Studio Courtesy of Variant Studio Courtesy of Variant Studio +17

Bagritsky / Ruetemple

03:00 - 17 June, 2015
Bagritsky / Ruetemple, © Ruetemple
© Ruetemple

© Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area

    80.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / OMA

22:00 - 16 June, 2015
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art / OMA, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

Yuri Palmin © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin +45

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, ulitsa Krymskiy Val, 9, Moskva, Russia, 119049
  • Partner in Charge

  • Project Architect

    Ekaterina Golovatyuk
  • Area

    5400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

09:30 - 31 May, 2015
10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings", Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley
Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex +11

AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto

07:00 - 18 May, 2015
AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto, © Denis Esakov
© Denis Esakov

Despite being one of the seminal works of modern Scandinavian architecture, Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library languished in relative obscurity for three-quarters of a century until its media breakthrough in late 2014. Its receipt of the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for a recent renovation was covered by news outlets around the world, bringing the 1935 building previously unseen levels of attention and scrutiny.

This renaissance is nothing less than extraordinary. Abandoned for over a decade and allowed to fall into complete disrepair, the building was once so forgotten that many believed it had actually been demolished. [1] For decades, architects studied Aalto’s project only in drawings and prewar black-and-white photographs, not knowing whether the original was still standing, and if it was, how it was being used. Its transformation from modern icon to deserted relic to architectural classic is a tale of political intrigue, warfare, and the perseverance of a dedicated few who saved the building from ruin.

© Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov +44