25.000 m2 apartment buildings
2 level underground parking garage
Completion in 2018
Location, Moscow City, Russia
The housing areas in Moscow City are undergoing massive transformations. The demand for housing is extremely high. In many districts the typical 5-story blocks make way for high rise apartment buildings, putting pressure on the neighborhood and making the insolation requirements (sunlight on the facade of the new and the existing neighboring buildings) the top priority design challenge.
The “saw tooth” plan offers to each apartment windows in two directions. Therefore the apartment catches twice the amount of direct sunlight per day. This layout forms the base typology of the two buildings.
The blocks are developed as one ensemble with a strong identity. Within this ensemble the towers vary, just like individual persons can be different, but still everybody sees that they belong to the same family.
The influential Amsterdam School was the inspiration for the design of the architectural appearance of the blocks.
The lesson from the Amsterdam School is that the emphasis in designing has to lie on creative use of materials, refined architectural details and on a precise way of construction. With our Russian co-architect, the builders and our client, we were able to reach that level of precision.
The corridors leading to the apartments are very specific, created by the saw tooth structure. To enhance the experience we designed vertical lighting strips from floor to ceiling. These strips shed direct and indirect light on wall panels with 3D tulip patterns.
Completion in 2018
Design: Team Paul de Vroom + Sputnik
Paul de Vroom, Henk Bultstra, Bert Karel Deuten,
Rik de Ruiter, Oksana Savchuk, Danuta Kiedrowska, Nicolette Jongebreur
Co-architect: A-Project, Moscow, RU
Client: KROST, Moscow, RU
Contractor: KROST, Moscow, RU
photographs: Ilya Ivanov