EXPOSING
EAST AND CENTRAL
EUROPEAN

ARCHITECTURE

Address: Moscow, 17-19 Prechistenskaia quay, 17 Kursovoy lane
Typology: Multifunctional dwelling and administrative complex
Architects crew: S. Skuratov, N. Demidov, A. Medvedev, N. Ishutina, P. Shalimov
Partners: Client – ZAO «Ux-Vostok»
Building’s square: 4263 sq m
Global square: 23920 sq m

The building continues to form a new front line of the embankment, the process which had been started by building the new office of Moscow International Bank (MIB) quite a few years ago. From the urbanistic point of view the intention was to enlarge the scale of structures here in order to make the quay more accomplished and city-like character. On the other hand there always is the necessity to preserve historic dominance of Kremlin towers, Christ-the-Savior temple and other local historic marks, so it led to disconnectedness of volumes in the front façade of the new complex.

Three units of the complex facing the embankment are 5 storey heigh at the very front and one more level is added further to the rear side of each unit, making an indention in the roof line. The four units lined along the Kursovoy lane have 4-7 levels. The main idea of the whole composition is based on this indention device – two units so to say step out of the embankment front line in the direction of the Kursovoy lane. These moved volumes are superimposed onto the 3-4-storey unit along the Kursovoy lane. Thus the emptied space between the multi-storey units forms the system of green yards with lawns on the roof of the single-storey «traces» of the shifted units.

There is two-level parking area underneath the whole complex, where service and technical rooms are located in numbers enough for normal function and maintenance, first of all – for public areas on the ground floor. The entrances to this public area (including cafes & shops) are located on the embankment, whereas the entrances and the halls to the apartments and offices are located on Kursovoy lane.

Starting from the second floor the embankment-side units belong to dwelling zone in between second and fourth floor and the Kursovoy lane-side units are given to offices within the same range of floor levels. All floors above 4th everywhere in the complex belong to dwelling area.
External finishing (façade) is made of light-shade Jurassic stone plus differently shaded and toned glass in dark-grey aluminum frames. The idea of the embankment façade was to make an impression of balconies, loggias, ventilation grids and other architectural details sprout through glass surfaces of different transparency. These details serve as a link to the more classic facades of the nearby buildings, especially on the other side of the complex (Kursovoy lane).

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