Inspired by Norwegian fjords: new Scandinavian-style residential complex in Moscow

December 18, 2021
Construction and renovation

Construction of residential houses resembling a rocky seascape began in the Simonovskaya Embankment. This effect is achieved thanks to the original design of facades combining the natural solidity of stone and the transparency of glass, said Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief architect of Moscow.

The new residential complex will appear on the salient of the Simonovskaya Embankment, where the river, park and transport infrastructure of the city converge. The total area of the project will cover over 82.6 thousand square meters. The complex consists of four buildings up to 20 stories high with 273 cars capacity underground parking.

“Clinker facades of the residential complexes are designed in the aesthetics of coastal rocks: alternating bricks of five shades of gray (from dark to light) creates the effect of foliated rock. By analogy with the tectonic structure that has been washed by seas for centuries, the darkest layers are fit into the base of the building, gradually changing the gradient to light gray on the upper stories. Therefore, the project authors compare the finish with the pattern of Norwegian fjords,” Sergey Kuznetsov said.

Large loggias with an open view, panoramic glazing (windows are 2.5 m high) contribute to the natural concept in the horizontal and vertical planes. Consequently, the house seems to grow out of the ground like a rock. Traditions of modern Scandinavian architecture are also expressed in extremely precise lines that remove extra visual impact.

Once the construction is over, the entire area around the residential complex will be put in order and comfortable public spaces will be arranged here. The total area of landscaping will exceed six thousand square meters.


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