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New Garage Screen Cinema Unveiled in Moscow's Gorky Park

05:30 - 6 June, 2019
© SYNDICATE architects
© SYNDICATE architects

© Strelka KB, by Iwan Baan © Strelka KB, by Iwan Baan © Strelka KB, by Iwan Baan © SYNDICATE architects + 6

This article was originally published on Strelka Magazine.

This year’s Garage Screen summer cinema has been unveiled. The structure, located in front of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, is the result of an architectural competition organized by the museum and Strelka KB.

Resembling a flat-topped pyramid, the SYNDICATE architects-designed pop-up cinema invites viewers to watch films in a highly unique space in the middle of Gorky Park. While the structure is without walls, red velvet curtains create the illusion of a cozy, enclosed chamber where movie-goers can relax and allow themselves to get lost in the plot.

ARCHSLON Creates Black Villa in the Forests Outside Moscow

13:00 - 4 June, 2019
ARCHSLON Creates Black Villa in the Forests Outside Moscow, Courtesy of ARCHSLON
Courtesy of ARCHSLON

Architecture firm ARCHSLON has designed a black residence for the forests outside Moscow. Taking inspiration from Russia's landscape, the house was made to integrate the building into the picturesque natural context with minimal impact to the forest. Aiming to preserve as many trees as possible and create a modern dwelling, the home was made to add depth to the surrounding forest.

Courtesy of ARCHSLON Courtesy of ARCHSLON Courtesy of ARCHSLON Courtesy of ARCHSLON + 6

Moscow Urban Forum 2019: Quality of Life, Projects for a Better City

01:45 - 29 May, 2019
Moscow Urban Forum 2019: Quality of Life, Projects for a Better City

Pierre de Meuron, Richard Sennett, Reinier de Graaf, and Winy Maas will join a diverse group of city makers, developers, investors, startups, urbanists, local governments, international institutions, citizen, and more, at this year's Moscow Urban Forum.

Quality of life in cities is in the centre of discussions among politicians, economists, urban managers and planners nowadays. Megacities focus their efforts on the improvement of the quality of urban environment, the development of housing, transport, and social infrastructure, launch and expansion of wide range of urban services, as well as the promotion of their cities as tourist destinations. Thus, the overall objective of city administrations all over the world is the enhancement of quality of life and the provision of services for well being of their citizens.

EMA Space / KOSMOS Architects

02:00 - 15 May, 2019
EMA Space / KOSMOS Architects, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin + 15

Dvorulitsa Project by Meganom Proposes Reinvesting in Cities' Peripheries to Improve Urban Environments

05:15 - 26 April, 2019
Dvorulitsa Project by Meganom Proposes Reinvesting in Cities' Peripheries to Improve Urban Environments, After. Image © Dvorulitsa
After. Image © Dvorulitsa

Superpark. Image © Meganom After. Image © Dvorulitsa After. Image © Dvorulitsa © Dvorulitsa + 16

Amidst efforts to revitalize and improve urban centers, the peripheral areas of cities are often ignored or forgotten. The intense focus on the downtown core means, in terms of land use, that only a relatively small area receives the majority of designers’ attention. "Dvorulitsa" (literally "Yardstreet" in Russian) is an urban development strategy proposed by Russian architecture firm Meganom, aiming to shift that focus. Taking the idea of the “superpark” from the 2013 study, "Archaeology of the Periphery," the yardstreet project presents an alternative method of viewing the periphery of a post-soviet city.

A Soviet Union of Historic Images

05:00 - 9 April, 2019
A Soviet Union of Historic Images, @ Tamara Stoffers. ImageSparrow Hills
@ Tamara Stoffers. ImageSparrow Hills

What would historic cities look like if scale didn’t exist and functions were manipulated?

Dutch artist Tamara Stoffers found inspiration from an old Soviet Union book published in the early 1960s, which featured images of mass-housing apartment blocks without any ornamentation or color. The book highlighted the symmetry and functionality of Soviet architecture, representing what a communist future strived to look like. It became clear to her that a lot of stories lie in the history of USSR that deserve to be explored.

Stoffers' admiration extended beyond Russian architecture, looking at everyday objects, banners, postcards, and books. In a matter of 4-5 years, she put together a series of surreal collages taken from more than 30 picture books. The images, which seemed intriguing on their own, were mixed and matched with complementary photographs in an exaggerated, amusing way, presenting the Soviet Union as never seen before.

Kalinin Prospekt. Image © Tamara Stoffers Voronezh. Image © Tamara Stoffers Baku. Image © Tamara Stoffers Cathedral of St. Sophia. Image © Tamara Stoffers + 15

The Grey Interiors / Alexey Rozenberg

11:00 - 6 April, 2019
The Grey Interiors / Alexey Rozenberg, © Michail Stepanov
© Michail Stepanov

© Michail Stepanov © Michail Stepanov © Vladilen Razgulin © Michail Stepanov + 32

Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners Design Arching Residential Building in Moscow

11:00 - 21 March, 2019
Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners Design Arching Residential Building in Moscow, Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR
Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR

Architectural bureau Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners have unveiled their concept for "Brodsky", a new residential building on a high-density plot in the central district of Moscow. Situated along a river embankment, the scheme seeks to create a strong functional and visual connection between itself and the surrounding context.

The 14-story scheme named after the famous Russin poet seeks to enhance the public realm by creating a courtyard with a pedestrian alley, weaving around the scheme’s arch façade to connect with the embankment. The positioning of the courtyard alley also establishes a new visual experience not currently realized: a two-point perspective from the courtyard to the river.

Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR + 14

MODUL Architectural Bureau Transforms Industrial Factory into Dramatic Exhibition Hall outside Moscow

09:00 - 13 March, 2019
© MODUL architectural bureau
© MODUL architectural bureau

MODUL architectural bureau has released details of their proposed transformation of an old factory building into a modern showroom in Voskresensk, on the outskirts of Moscow. The scheme, dedicated to the exhibition of stone materials, is organized around a wide-ranging series of immersive spaces, serving clients and designers with work and recreational infrastructure.

To address the existing working factory in the complex, the site has been divided into an “intervention” zone and a “production” zone, the logistics of which could not be dislocated during design and construction. Under the proposal, a large warehouse has been designed to accommodate stone slabs, freeing up the historic factory building as a place of exhibition.

© MODUL architectural bureau © MODUL architectural bureau © MODUL architectural bureau © MODUL architectural bureau + 35

Hustle Hub - Youth Housing Design Competition ‘19 : Russia

03:30 - 3 February, 2019
Hustle Hub - Youth Housing Design Competition ‘19 : Russia

With most of the young population working today to acquire basic security of livelihood and not investing on their lives for the long term (depreciating because of the ‘grind’) due to various social stigmas associated with not owning a home; create this rat-race. Cities being an economic platform which is constantly growing everyday - equity of housing has become an issue as they turn more and more severe/unaffordable every day. 

Camper Store / Asketik Studio

12:00 - 29 January, 2019
Camper Store / Asketik Studio, © Yuri Grishko
© Yuri Grishko

© Yuri Grishko © Yuri Grishko © Yuri Grishko © Yuri Grishko + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Maxim Maximov
  • Design Team

    Aleksandra Siniagova
  • Area

    32.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Holographic Pyramid Coming to the Garage Museum in Moscow

14:00 - 11 January, 2019
Holographic Pyramid Coming to the Garage Museum in Moscow, Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects
Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects

A holographic pyramid by SYNDICATE Architects has been selected as the winner of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art's Summer Cinema Pavilion competition. The project was selected from six shortlisted competitors, and the competition organized by Strelka KB offered up-and-coming Russian architects the opportunity to design a multi-functional temporary pavilion that would be accessible and meet the museum’s standards of environmental responsibility.

Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects Summer Cinema Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Syndicate Architects + 4

Letovo Schoolcampus / atelier PRO

08:00 - 26 December, 2018
Letovo Schoolcampus / atelier PRO, © NARODIZKIY
© NARODIZKIY

© Dmitry Voinov © Dmitry Voinov © Dmitry Voinov © NARODIZKIY + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zimenkovskaya street, Sosenskoye settlement, Moscow, Russia
  • Category

  • Project Architects

    Dorte Kristensen, Pascale Leistra, Karho Yeung
  • Design Team

    Thijs Klinkhamer, Abel de Raadt, Alessia Topolnyk
  • Russian Co-architect

    Atrium architectural studio, Moscow
  • Area

    39000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower

07:00 - 14 December, 2018
© Viktor Sukharukov
© Viktor Sukharukov

Either as singular outcroppings or as part of a bustling center, skyscrapers are neck-craning icons across major city centers in the world. A modern trope of extreme success and wealth, the skyscraper has become an architectural symbol for vibrant urban hubs and commercial powerhouses dominating cities like New York, Dubai, and Singapore.

While skyscrapers are omnipresent, 2018 introduced new approaches, technologies, and locations to the high-rise typology. From variations in materiality to form, designs for towers have started to address aspects beyond simply efficiency and height, proposing new ways for the repetitive form to bring unique qualities to city skylines. Below, a few examples of proposals and trends from 2018 that showcase the innovative ideas at work: 

Courtesy of Plompmozes © Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos © Virgile Simon Bertrand Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 13

Moscow Launches New Smart City District as a Living Lab

13:00 - 13 December, 2018
Moscow Launches New Smart City District as a Living Lab, Moscow. Image via Creative Commons
Moscow. Image via Creative Commons

The government of Moscow has begun developing an existing district in the city to test nearly 30 new ‘smart’ technologies for urban development. Home to over 8,000 people, the district is testing ideas on smart lighting, smart waste management, and smart heating. The city intends to evaluate what impact technologies bring to residents and adjust its urban renewal plan once the pilot is complete.

Temporary Pavilion at Picnic «Afisha» / project eleven

05:00 - 9 December, 2018
Temporary Pavilion at Picnic «Afisha» / project eleven, © Ilia Ivanov
© Ilia Ivanov

© Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov + 16

Kleinewelt Designs a Carved Mixed-Use Housing Block for Moscow

08:00 - 8 December, 2018
Kleinewelt Designs a Carved Mixed-Use Housing Block for Moscow, Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten
Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten

Russian practice Kleinewelt Architekten have designed a mixed-use housing block for Moscow that features a carved stone-relief facade. Inspired by historic Russian chambers and Italian palazzos, the project combines a residential building with cultural spaces and social care functions. Called Allegoria Mosca, the design draws upon the site's history and features an open-air art space, conference and lecture halls, as well as a transformable exhibition hall.

Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten + 11

MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow

13:00 - 14 November, 2018
MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow, RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch practice MVRDV have unveiled RED7, a housing project for Moscow and the firm’s first building in Russia. MVRDV won the competition to design RED7 for client GK Osnova in December 2017, and the project has been accepted by the architectural committee of Moscow. Designed with a Minecraft-like gradient of blocks, the project was inspired by its neighboring context. As a symbolic gateway into the city center, the design will include 289 apartments with external terraces and expansive views of Moscow's skyline.

RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 12