Russia, Moscow, 36/10 Sofiyskaya Embankment, Central Administrative District

Design: 2013 (1st place in closed Moscow regional competition)

Client: Midland Development

Authors of the project:

Architects: Nikita Yaveyn, Elizaveta Brilliantova, Dmitriy Kozhin, Vladimir Lemekhov, Anna Rudenko, Anton Yar-Skryabin

Visualization: Andrey Patrikeev, Vladimir Sokolov

The hotel complex is located in Zamoskvorechye District, where a vast Tsar’s Garden, the pride of Russia’s capital city, used to be in the 15th-17th centuries. An interesting feature of Russian 17th century architecture were the upper gardens that were set up on the roofs in Moscow. Both of these historical phenomena resonate with the modern ideas of eco-friendly and esthetically perfect living environment and served as reference points for the project’s architectural concept.

Between the two blocks of the hotel complex, one residential and the other commercial, is a landscaped garden, gently sloping down towards the embankment, giving it a resemblance to an amphitheatre facing the Moskva River and the Kremlin walls. The accessible roof areas on both blocks are conceived as green viewing areas.

On the roof of the commercial block, there is a regular garden. Penthouse terraces of the residential building were transformed into hanging gardens and surrounded by latticed railings covered in twining plants.

The lattice motif continues on the facade of the residential block. The walls are made up of two layers – a lacy stone shell with transparent volumes within. The ornament of the outer layer reminds one of garden fences and pergolas.

The design of the facade of the residential block brings a whole series of references into: the carved patterns of Mediaeval Moscow, the decorative shells of Muscovite Baroque, the architectural experimentation of the 1920s (Ivan Zholtovsky’s pavilions at the All-Russian Agricultural Exhibition 1923).

Anyway, the latticed pattern determines the rhythm and structure of the facade, visually separating the very long building into several sections.