AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto

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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.

Proekt Agency / Iceoff

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Architects: Iceoff
Location: Moscow,
Area: 108.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Iceoff

Kurumoch International Airport and VIP-Lounges / Nefa Architects

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Architects: Nefa Architects
Location: Samara, Samara Oblast,
Airport Architect: Margarita Kornienko
Vip Lounge Architect: Maria Nasonova
Area: 22500.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

PUBLICIS GROUPE / VOX Architects

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Architects: VOX Architects
Location: Leningradskiy prospekt, Moskva,
Architect In Charge: Boris Voskoboynikov, Maria Akhremenkova
Area: 6500.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

House in the Moscow Region / M2 Architectural Group

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Architects: M2 Architectural Group
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Alexander Zhidkov
Area: 275.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eugene Kulibaba

SuperSurfaceSpace Moscow / Metrogramma

Architects: Metrogramma
Location: ulitsa Lva Tolstogo, , Russia
Design Team: Francesco Betta – TD of , Egor Fufachev, Andrea Casazza, Giuseppe Bandieramonte, Maria Novozhilova, Thomas Ernesto Rotondo, Niccolo Spadoni
Year: 2015
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

URALCHEM HEADQUARTERS / Pedra Silva Arquitectos

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Architects: Pedra Silva Arquitectos
Location: Moscow,
Architect In Charge: Luis Pedra Silva and Maria Rita Pais
Design Team: André Góis, Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Hugo Ferreira, João Alves, Paulo André, Ricardo Sousa
Area: 3370.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Birdman’s Nest / ARCHI TE KTO

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Architects: ARCHI TE KTO
Location: Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, 8 строение 1, , , 123317
Design Team: Murat Sakhtaryek, Kirill Zverev, Tatiana Yakovleva
Project Management: Aleksandr Gornov, Maxim Panferov
Area: 208.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

NGRS Recruiting Company HQ / Crosby Studios

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Architects: Crosby Studios
Location: , , 125009
Architects In Charge: Harry Nuriev, Olga Boris, Dmitry Vorontsov
Area: 168.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Evgeny Evgrafov

Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S’ Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow

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WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S have won one of three prizes in the first phase of an invited competition to design a new Moscow Medical Center. Combining the functionalism of today’s healthcare with the humanistic qualities of past architecture, the proposal introduces a facility fine-tuned for those inside.

Learn more about the proposal, after the break.

Apartment in Moscow / M17

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Architects: M17
Location: Kazarmennyy pereulok, 3, Moskva, , 109028
Design Team: A. Volkov, E. Vinogradova
Area: 158.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of A.Volkov

Holy Fox Café / Mikhail Kozlov

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Architects: Mikhail Kozlov
Location: Kitay-Gorod, , , 101000
Architect In Charge: Mikhail Kozlov
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Frank Herfort

Barkli Park / Atrium Studio

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Architects: Atrium Studio
Location: ulitsa Sovetskoy Armii, , Russia
Architect In Charge: Anton Nadtochiy, Vera Butko, Georgiy Miroshnichenko, Alexander Malygin, Anna Alenicheva, Anastasia Mikheeva, Roman Kuzmin, Elena Valuiskikh
Area: 2975.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Atrium Studio

Bulka Cafe and Bakery / Crosby Studios

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Architects: Crosby Studios
Location: Gorky Institute, Moscow, , 123104
Chief Architect: Harry Nuriev
Landscape Architect: Anna Andreeva
Area: 228.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Evgeny Evgrafov

Microsoft Technology Pavilion / Nowadays

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Architects: Nowadays
Location: Olympic Park Railway Station, , Krasnodar Krai, , 354383
Design Team: Anna Ivyanskaya, Natalya Mastalerzh, Nata Tatunashvili
Area: 575.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

Leo Burnett Moscow / Nefa Architects

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Architects: Nefa Architects
Location: , Russia
Chief Architect: Dmitry Ovcharov
Authors Team: Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Yasko
Architects In Charge: Victor Kolupaev, Olga Ivleva

Area: 8800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

“Art Palace” Cultural Complex Competition Entry / TOTEMENT | PAPER

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TOTEMENT | PAPER‘s competition proposal to design an international multipurpose cultural and leisure exhibition complex, close to Moscow’s , centers around resolving the aesthetic disconnection, or “visual conflict”, between the image of a modern European city – defined by the Ismailovo hotel complex – and the historic context of the site. Their designs (two variations of each other of which one has won the competition) do not blend into the existing cultural monuments but rather offer a modern antidote to the issues of scale, perception and “grandiose historical stylization” that currently exists.

“Community and Earth” Competition Entry / Lockhart Krause Architect

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Australian practice Lockhart Krause Architect has entered its proposal “Community and Earth” into an international design competition for a contemporary art gallery and museum of historical artifacts in the world heritage city of , Russia. Their scheme aims to “provide a vibrant place for the community” and “explores the idea of earth and history by cutting into the ground.”