Historically, residential areas were formed around retail areas, markets and bazaars, which were a full-fledged public space for communication and exchange of cultural experience.
The idea of the project is to transfer and adapt the traditions of the formation of a quiet urban living fabric around a completely different typology of the market according to its temperament, but already in modern conditions.
Currently, markets are experiencing a real renaissance, changing the attitude of modern citizens to a culture of consumption, turning from a marginal place into a truly cult and fashionable point of attraction with very flexible programming.
The market space in the underground level is rotated relative to the sides of the block, forming along the perimeter four sites with dense buildings. All the first floors are designed for public function, in two stylobates are a kindergarten and a fitness center.
The houses are united by a smoothly flowing courtyard with a variety of functional zoning and high- the territory of activities for adolescents and young people (skate park and workout) goes into the city living room for residents and visitors of the quarter with recreation areas, a small pond and a children’s playground. Further, the “quiet” green zone with the pavilion of the city garden is a year-round greenhouse for lovers of gardening. The architecture here is a metaphorical interpretation of the formation of the quarter. as a consequence of exposure to a flat plane of urban fabric, forming on it folds-buildings with a soft overflowing inter-house space
The decoration of the facades plays out the texture of the textile material, a kind of dress code for the architecture, which has a distinctly recognizable image and pattern-velveteen, denim and tweed.
Who influences you graphically?
In addition to the generally known and popular throughout the world of constructivism, the USSR presented another architectural style-Soviet modernism, the least studied and least loved, but no less interesting. One of the features of Soviet modernism was the work of architects not with objects, but with the environment. Perhaps for the first time in the history of Soviet architecture, the building was viewed as part of a complex, one with the surrounding areas. The most complete collection of objects of Soviet modernism can be found in the project sovmod.ru
At present, this style can be found only in monuments of architecture and undeservedly ignored by modern Russian architects.
In my project, I wanted to make some homage to that era and style so the plastic facades and outstanding elements refer to the images of the buildings of Soviet modernism. Aesthetics of architecture does not tie to any concrete structures, but create a generalized image while remaining in the modern context.
The presentation uses a stylized graphical way of submitting projects of that time. Perspective species are combined with elements of a collage. Contrasting grainy photos in warm tones are invariably associated with photo collages 50 years ago.
The style of graphic has a special warmth and nostalgia for the old days, especially revered by the older generation in Russia Such a deliberately retro aesthetic only emphasizes the unique charm of the figurative heritage of Soviet modernism.
What defined the selection of drawings through which you choose to reveal the project? How important were the views and the plan?
For the presentation of the project, I used a standard set of tools but from this no less presentable- plans, master plan, perspective views. This universal language of the architect is understandable at the international level. The plan gives a general idea of the structure of the building and its internal scale. Without a plan it is very difficult to understand the author’s intention. At the same time, with a complex structure of buildings, the overall plan represents an interesting and beautiful planar composition.
Perspective species add information about the object from different points of perception.
What lead you to creating the model- what role does it play?
In this project, the creation of the model was part of the task of the competition.
The model is the most revealing way to show an architectural design. Using different combinations of materials, different effects can be achieved. In my project the basic idea in the form of buildings and materials of a covering, therefore accent is made on volumes of buildings and the environment and a background are made as much as possible conditionally. The volumes of the buildings are made by different technologies-3d printing, milling, plastic engraving- the resulting model looks very impressive.
The model is essentially an already constructed building in a very reduced version, and this is what allows to view buildings from absolutely different angles.
Creating a layout is a special form of enjoyment. To see how your idea materializes-delightfully.
How important is the tool of the sketch for the architect?
Sketching is very powerful tool. The sketch helps in the search stage, helps to fix the idea in several lines. Drawing can emphasize the man-made essence of the process of architectural design, clearly illustrate the thought process of its author. It always seemed to me that drawing in our profession is that code, the language in which architecture is born. To my projects, I always did sketches by hand. As a rule, they immediately read the general plan – understand the volumes, their dimensions and functions.
Project drawings are what you are giving out of yourself into the outside world, and they must be accurate and understandable. In my practice, sketches exist mainly at the stage of searching. But this is a very important stage. The difference between the project, passed through the hand, and immediately drawn on the computer is huge. Drawing by hand is the direct continuation of you, your thoughts and feelings. In the computer then everything will inevitably be simplified, adjusted, brought to some standards. But if the project is not initially “ignite”, putting a strong emotional charge in the drawing, in virtual space it can then completely wither.
You talk about the decoration of the facades using fashion jargon- how could this treatment be explored further?
The facades are often described as the clothing of a building bearing in mind that the building has a body and is covered with a decorative shell that distinguishes it from the rest. In my project, I decided to go further, if the facade is clothes, then clothes should have their texture and characterize the temperament of its owner. The use of jargon from the world of fashion allows you to deeper uncover this idea thereby adapting the notion of dress code to architecture. The fashion industry and architecture often intersect in different planes and are very close mentally. They are united by work with form and materials. Designers of clothes often borrow techniques of architects, why would architects not borrow fashion techniques? In my project, I am exploring 3 types of material with a very recognizable pattern that looks very impressive in atypical conditions. In this case, the pattern only hints at a certain material. I think that this approach has a very large potential
What is the effect and purpose of the round edges?
Architecture here is a metaphorical interpretation of the formation of the quarter as a consequence of exposure to a flat plane of urban fabric.
Also in nature, you can rarely find straight right angles, almost everything has smooth shapes and bends. Smooth faces loudly declare the man-madeness of the building. Smoothed rounded faces allow a person’s glance to slide along the facade from the plane to the plane. This form makes the building much friendlier and more attractive. Moreover, continuing the theme of the textile metaphor, the smooth folds mimic the folds of the facade fabric.