Russia 2018 – Dutch architecture firm MVRDV won the competition to design a 52,000 sqm mixed-use complex in the heart of Moscow. Named Silhouette, the structure is located at the intersection of Academician Sakharov Avenue and Sadovaya-Spasskaya Street opposite the constructivist Ministry of Agriculture and the Tsenrosoyuz Building by Le Corbusier.
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The upcoming Silhouette building will host luxury apartments, a sports centre, flexible workspaces, an event space and a sky deck. The top floors accommodate apartments in a variety of configurations and sizes with the largest ones located on the corners and providing panoramic views in every direction. Underground programs include a supermarket and both commercial and residential parking.
“The complex modular design system allows for diversifying the building’s shape and interior typologies whilst at the same time, this provides both compact and spacious apartments.” Explain at MVRDV. Modulrity is a key concept in constructivist manifesto and style.
The volume of the building is sculpted and diversified to create distinctive entrances and a sloping roofscape that strengthens the views of the city. Sculptural cuts on the top and bottom of the facade are carved out according to the function that needs to take place, or certain quality that needs to be provided within the space inside.
The elevation pattern is manipulated by various window sizes that respond to their position within the façade. The red ceramic façade features a subtle gradient of window sizes in dialogue to the buildings overall massing.
The distinct red-colour of the façade not only refers to the neighbouring constructivist building but also affirms its character as a warm and welcoming place to live. The architectural concept was chosen as the best proposal and won the closed competition, held by GK Osnova.
All images, courtesy of MRDV.