McAdam Architects' involvement in Moscow's Red October Chocolate Factory
Anglo-Russian practice, McAdam Architects – has orchestrated the selection of eight top international architects including Foster & Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, and Jan Stormer Partner, to design buildings for the project. The final list of architects drawn up for the historic 19th Century Red October chocolate factory site located on a peninsula where the Moscow river meets the Vodootvodny Canal also includes Wilmotte & Associes, Willen Associates, Project Meganom, Mosproject 2 as well as McAdam’s own scheme.
. James McAdam, director of McAdam Architects, said: “This is one of the most prominent and important sites in central Moscow. It gives the city a fantastic opportunity to realize a long awaited architectural landmark as well as a showcase for modern living.” The outline brief for the project was to provide 500 high-spec residential units totaling around 100,000sqm on the five hectare site, including 150 loft style apartments and 350 new flats with shops, cafes, galleries and private sports facilities around a central boulevard. A number of listed 19th Century buildings on the site are to be completely retained and incorporated into the development. This is a positive move for Moscow’s heritage and urban culture, as in recent years sites have been indiscriminately cleared to make way for new development. McAdam Architects were appointed as client design advisors and strategic master planners for the overall project in April 2006. The project should move into a design development phase, with all architects continued involvement, in Autumn 2007 and begin on-site towards the end of 2008. Other international consultants involved in the project to date include Buro Happold and Knight Frank.