vavilova 4, Moscow
The project is located on a prominent site in central Moscow, close to Gorky Park and the River Moskva. It comprises 42,000 m2 of housing, commercial space and a kindergarten.
The urban setting of the buildings anticipates two adjacent housing configurations: the enclosed courtyard block from the Stalin era and the solitary structures of the post-war era. Two different living qualities are combined: introvert/extrovert and protected/overlooking.
The duality of the dynamic city and luscious green park is experienced from each apartment
The common starting point for these divergent typologies is a continuous landscape of rolling meadows, infiltrating the suspended building volumes. The open ground-floor area is free to be programmed. In the competition design it comprises a kindergarten and commercial premises along an internal alley.
The structure of the complex is based on the grid of the underground car park and offers high-grade flexible housing differentiation. The tectonics of the pre-cast concrete facade elements anticipate this flexibility. The infill elements can be customized depending on the arrangement of floor plans.