The center of Khamovniki
Place. Situational location of the future complex is located in the geometric center of the historical district of Khamovniki.
History. Initially, the Khamovniki district consisted of six settlements: Novodevichya, Streletskaya, Novokonyushennaya, Rostovskaya, Savvinskaya, Slobodka Chudova Monastirya. The emergence of Khamovnaya Sloboda refers to the end of the 16th century, when weavers from the village Konstantinovka near Tver were moved here, to the bend of the Moscow River, and so at first their settlement was named Tverskaya Konstantinovskaya Sloboda, and from the 17th century – Khamovnaya Sloboda.
Surroundings and current situation.
Social environment and the infrastructures of this district are quite attractive: historical place almost in the very center of Moscow, good ecology, perfect transport accessibility, great amount of green recreational areas and cultural facilities. Many famous people lived here, for instance, Vernadsky, Tolstoy, and Dal. The area is surrounded by parks and squares: 4 minutes by foot to Devichiye pole square, 6 minutes to the Trubetsky Manor park. The flaw of the location today is absence of public eating places, consumer services, and shops. For instance, the nearest supermarket ("Azbuka Vkusa") is located on Komsomolskiy prospect (25 minutes by foot).
Concept. This place is the geometric center of Khamovniki, which makes it the heart of the district and the essence of its past and present. In this respect, we treat this project as the symbol and center of Khamovniki district. That is why the project structure is based on interconnection of time (centuries) and historical meaning (slobodas). Sloboda was a kind of settlement in the history of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. The name is derived from the early Slavic word for "freedom" and may be loosely translated as "free settlement". The buildings of the complex are structured like the former slobodas, and the floors – like centuries, from XVI to XXI (six floors).
Self-presentation and mission. Comfortable life in this part of Moscow is not possible without a publicly attractive space that could serve as a conceptual, symbolic and cultural center of the district. There is no such center in Khamovniki yet, and this project aims at its creation.