ORB — Deluxe apartment building near the Tretyakov Gallery
Competition, 1-st prize
10 530 m2
The housing complex design was created for a closed competition announced by the Barkli Corporation in 2014. Six of Moscow’s leading architectural bureaus participated in the competition conducted with the support of the Moscow Architecture Committee. A prestigious jury awarded first place to the Progress Company’s design.
The site of the future complex is located in the central part of Moscow surrounded by buildings from various historic periods and of varying styles. The main façade of the L-shaped building turns out onto the vibrant walkway connecting the nearby Tretyakovski Metro station with the like named art-gallery of worldwide renown. The second façade faces out onto a small square adjacent to the Church of the Transfiguration on Bol’shaya Ordinka Street.
The terms of the competition placed stringent limitations on the dimensions of the future building, and thus its overall volumetric-spacial configuration. Accordingly, competition design work was largely concentrated on the search for a vision most expressively and accurately corresponding to the overall historic context, which in turn entailed paying special attention to the plasticity and functional nature of the façade design and painstaking work on the layout of the building.
The housing complex’s architecture is emphatically, but not excessively, contemporary. The impressive façade structure, with its light natural marble-clad horizontal and vertical elements, creates a calm, well-attuned interaction resonating with the proportional articulation of nearby buildings. Filling in the open spaces of the building’s skeleton are large glass panels, framed on the top 4 floors with unique embossed oxidized stainless steel-clad plates with a polychromatic effect, reminding one of the iridescent drapes or decorative panno tiling traditionally employed in the ornate décor of nouveau-style rental properties built in the Zamoskvorechiye area in the early 20th century. This unique technique has introduced into contemporary architecture an element of contextual continuity, one attuned to the spirit of place. Here as well oxidized steel panels are used to frame the recesses of the first three stories while also screening their floor slabs, however, in this case the panels are polished so as to blend in with the dark-tinted glass panels.
Part of the complex’s first floor facing out onto the Ordinski Cul-de-sac has been set aside for public functions. The size and location of this space is suited for a café or a store. Above this are 5 residential floors with spacious apartments of varying sizes. Three penthouses are situated on the last level.
The main entrance to the housing complex opens into a double-height lobby from where apartment residents can proceed up to one of the two sections of the building, each with its own staircase and elevators. From the lobby they can also go down to two levels of underground parking. The housing complex also has a fully landscaped, residents-only interior courtyard.