A walk in the Park

Aylwin Communications
02 May 2008

SHCA to design four Moscow buildings in Park City development

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA) has been awarded the contracted to design four buildings within the Park City development in downtown Moscow. The projects represent the third major assignment for SHCA in Russia. The firm is currently designing Project Slava, a five million square foot (465,000 sq m) mixed-use complex in downtown Moscow as well as the 70-story Moscow International Business Center mixed-use tower that is part of a new Moscow City development.

According to Peter Gross, Architectural Design Principal for SHCA, all of these projects are being designed to the highest global standards: “Architects like Swanke Hayden Connell are bringing in cutting edge architecture that is creating an entirely new skyline for the city of Moscow,” he said. “These new large scale developments will help transform the city into a world class business center.”

The Park City master plan is on a site off Kutuzovsky Prospekt, the main avenue named for the general who defeated Napoleon in 1812, stretching west from the center of Moscow. It is adjacent to the Hotel Ukraine, which is one of the “Seven Sisters” – seven skyscrapers built under the Stalin regime. The site enjoys an extraordinary length of waterfront along the Moscow River.

The buildings that SHCA is designing front onto a broad pedestrian promenade which connects a central public square at the heart of the master-plan with the riverfront. Two of the buildings involve the adaptive re-use of the late-1800s Badaevsky Beer Brewery buildings. One of these will be adapted into an entertainment, spa, and retail center. The other building will be a boutique hotel.

Between these two buildings will be a new high-end mid-rise residential tower, and adjacent to the river will be a two-storey restaurant and retail pavilion. With its dynamic design, this pavilion will become one of the signature structures of the whole master-plan development.

Because the two existing buildings functioned as a brewery in the 19th century, they are idiosyncratic structures constructed of heavy masonry with many load-bearing walls. They include unique spaces, such as vast vaulted rooms and silo-like structures, which present opportunities for the design of unique spaces for public functions and hotel rooms.

“One of the key design challenges is to achieve the right balance between the ‘anatomy’ of the existing structure and the modern interventions required for the program,” Gross noted. “Our goal is to create an integrated dialogue between the historic and contemporary portions of the design. It is this juxtaposition which will create a thrilling experience.” Construction on the SHCA projects at Park City is expected to begin in 2008.

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