MCL — Office complex near the ‘Likhobori’ station of the Moscow Central Ring Railway
215 990 m2
The successful implementation of the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) project in lieu of the Moscow Ring Railway has fundamentally changed the situation of the past few decades in areas adjacent to the railroads. Moscow’s former industrial belt found itself outside the current urban development agenda. Numerous industries situated along the railway circle were shut down and/or transferred beyond the metropolitan borders. The area itself became a depressing wasteland. The construction of the new public transport system greatly raised the status of the areas adjacent to the MCC. New shopping, residential and business complexes are planned there. The former wasteland is transforming into new full-fledged urban districts.
The Progress architectural firm has worked out an architectural and urban planning concept for the development of a large site adjacent to the Novopeschanaya station with a multi-purpose complex of four slim towers on a common one-storey stylobate as its keynote.
Several traditions blended naturally in the architectural solution of the complex. What reads first is the majestic heritage of Soviet modernism with its monumental and laconic buildings that serve as city-forming elements. The unassuming parallelepipeds of the slim towers with a fine grid of window apertures framed by thin horizontal and vertical ribs bring to mind the architecture of the hotel complexes built in Moscow for the 1980 Olympic Games. On the other hand, the parabolic archways supporting the slim towers and the massive geometrical shapes of the stylobate walls hint at the postmodernist play with classical forms. Composite panels with polychrome coating producing a chameleon effect in the spirit of Stanley Kubrick’s fantasies are to be fixed on the façades as the finishing touch adding a futurist note to the architecture of the complex.
The towers will be used as an apartment hotel, the real estate format as ever relevant in Moscow that is aimed primarily at buyers from among businessmen and commercial companies which find buying housing for their employees a better bargain than renting hotel rooms. In keeping with the chosen format, most of the apartments in the aparthotel are small studios. Three and two room apartments are located at the tower corners and along the north façade.
A parking lot is to occupy the biggest part of the one-storey stylobate, which makes it possible completely to isolate the inner yard on the stylobate roof from private cars. The northeastern part of the stylobate is to accommodate the service and shopping infrastructure to meet the basic needs of the future residents.
The architectural and urban planning concept has taken into account all the modern tendencies and standards of housing development and a harmonious and comfortable urban environment.