- Sergey Skuratov Architects
The peculiarity of the place is in the necessity to create a link between the adjacent large buildings, embankment and small public garden at the intersection of two narrow streets.
Thus the broken line of new dwelling complex composed of three different sized buildings follows the green channel which starts at Zachatjevsky monastery and ends on the river bank.
Any "standard" house would`ve become a dam across this channel, so the park-like character was given to the new composition quite intentionally.
The system of three houses unified with continuous ground floor through passage makes its interior an inseparable part of the adjacent landscape.
The effect of transparency was obtained by using large cantilevers for each volume - the mass of the house is lifted off the earth, thus it is not blocking the view and the landscape has the opportunity to pour into the inner space.
We think that this method gives Moscow architecture a new way of understanding, rendering to it plasticity and sculptural forms.
Façade materials were chosen correspondingly: patinated copper sheets were introduced for the first time, and together with natural greenery the whole complex looks like integral body inside the city block.
Side facades are covered with tilted sheets of green glass reflecting either skies or earth thus dematerializing the body of the house finished with natural wooden.
Only the white Jurassic stone on some parts of the facades does the job of tying up the new dwelling complex to the existing houses around on the streets nearby.