The Novospassky complex, a former cotton-printing factory located
at the riverbank close to Moscow’s city centre, is subject of a next
level of transformation. The characteristic ensemble of brick buildings
is supposed to be upgraded from a pure business district to a lively
working- and living environment.|
The design anticipates on the existing pattern of elongated building
volumes that are forming a maze of narrow alleys. The distorted or
fragmented parts of the pattern have been ‘restored’ according to
its inherent order. Strategically placed parks and squares are forming
significant points of orientation within the dense structure of alleys;
the open areas are inviting the community of users and inhabitants
for social interaction.
The access-network is assigned as a ‘shared space’ area; motorized
traffic is allowed while parking facilities are situated underground.
A constellation of high-rise volumes is superimposed on the plinth
of brick fabric, reinforcing the unique character of this urban ensemble.
The elevated building layers contain most of the residential programme
and are providing splendid views over Moscow.