Elaborate reconstruction project for a pre-Soviet factory’s public space
10. Urban design
Winner — Reconstruction project for the Moscow pre-Soviet Kristall factory’s public space
In consortium with Arenas Basabe Palacios Arquitectos
In May 2015, the 90 000 sq m territory of the former vodka factory, built in the very beginning of the XX century, became a subject for the architectural competition. It had to be transformed into a vivid public space hosting various activities all year round. Nowadays office came up with an idea of progressive development in the course of several years and incorporation of storytelling into the design process.
The winning project was designed to simulate the process of gradual, stepwise development of the territory, based on its internal resources, to create a flexible system and the algorithm for future changes. An important part of the project was to create an inventory of mobile objects made of all kinds of industrial elements and materials found at the factory and, therefore, provide the territory with certain flexibility and variability of the occurring processes.
In order to emphasize the uniqueness of the place, we have proposed a number of spectacular, somewhat ‘theatrical’ spaces that produce diverse and memorable experiences. The essence of our suggestion was to concentrate on non-material and symbolic changes in the early stages which, in turn, would trigger the processes that attract resources for capital reconstruction.