SOF — ‘Sofiyskiy’ Apartment House
ООО ‘Soyuz EcoProject’
30 000 m2
The complex is in the very heart of Moscow, on the site between the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge and the Sofiiskaya and Bolotnaya embankments next to the multi-functional complex Tsarev Sad currently under construction. The main challenge was the 150-metre length of the five-storey brick building of the 1840s-1930s that was to be converted into an apartment complex. Architects are indeed hard put to cope with such large surfaces, balancing between two extremes: “overdrying” the façades by playing with simplistic forms and overcrowding them with details.
The solution of the façades of the building on the Sofiiskaya Embankment echoes the architecture of the Tsarev Sad complex, which is stylistically close to the Stalinist Art Deco, and simultaneously references the best samples of modernist architecture. The outcome is comparable to reserved Neoclassicism a la Mussolini (lictor’s) style. Although the structure of the façades faced with clinker brick and natural stone follows a strict rhythm, they don’t look monotonous: the building has grown up by three storeys, allowing the architects to create the classical three-part composition of the base, central tier and top storeys with a colonnade belt – the scheme guaranteeing both monumentality and diversity.
The building plan is quite rational: the three subsurface storeys have been reserved for a parking area for 200 cars, the ground floor houses services and utilities, including a fitness centre and café, a spacious lobby and garage entranceways, and apartments of one to four rooms measuring 30 to 170 sq. m are above.