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YEAR: 2013
Apartment complex in Moscow's city centre
Moscow
The construction scale along the Sivtsev-Vrazhek is a rare fragment of the preserved one and two-story farmstead development, creating a special rhythm with the different size and detail buildings. The neighboring scale has large profitable houses of the early 20th century. And the supporting building is in the style of "party" houses of the 70s and 80s.

There are only 20th century apartment houses endwalls left to articulate the intersection of the main directions of urban planning.
Version 1
The sculptural shape of the building itself is quite complex. To brighten the shape and not to switch viewer's attention to the facade, the window gaps are as simple as possible. The high and narrow windows emerge from the bedrooms. Large ones mean the living rooms. Living rooms in the house are located at two corner points, giving the best views of Moscow.
Version 2
The multi-layered, translucent structure of the facade emphasizes the sculptural form of the building, without separately identifying window openings and the plane of the wall. As the result of superposition, several translucent matte layers, the shape of the facade is always perceived in different ways. It's the same effect as when you observe highlight an ice block or paraffin — the edges of ice or paraffin are much lighter than the main volume.

In the afternoon, a glowing outline appears around the building, bordering its shape. At night, the building is saturated with light from the inside. The inner light from the windows is gently extended over the facade, creating rough light spots in various sizes.
Version 3.1
With its balconies along the facade, hiding the inner life of the apartments, the building looks like a lacy box. And on the nighttime with the shutters open it looks like a light house.
Version 3.2
Version 4
The facade of the building is made out of large-sized, multi-shade bricks from various epochs. It comes with Moscow tradition of permanent change of the city fabric. It reveals the signs of the adjusted, may be neighboring buildings, that may stand here earlier. Most windows have the same shape, but some of them are smaller or larger. There's another "preserved" artifact of older facades — the window gaps with original bridges. Large, modern windows with bindings and imposts are to contrast them.
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