RECONVERSION OF THE HISTORICAL DISTILLERY "CRISTALL"

Cities: MOSCOW
Countries: RUSSIA
Categories: HOUSING
Work in Progress - Progetto Architettonico: FRIGERIO DESIGN GROUP
The name expresses the neighbourhood’s character and spirit, a precious and high- quality space: “Cristall to live”. To develop the area’s transformation project - from an industrial site "closed" into a residential area "open" - we have worked with the technique of distillation. We have distilled extracting the best and removing impurities. The complex, an evidence of industrial archaeology, has been stripped from all unauthentic parts to restore the original geometries and its precious filigree. The new volumes are placed on the lot's perimeter, as a curtain screening the interior space and - at the same time - highlighting the historical settlement. The buildings were designed according to selected points of views and to a system of progressive transparencies between internal and external space; the new volumes decrease in height and move apart from the historic ones to frame them and increase their visibility. The vegetation renovates the area and reclaims possession of the spaces in different ways: the Fluvial Green, topographic green strips connecting the park May 1th to the villa's park Stroganoff; the Urban Green, lush vegetation covering all areas free of roads and buildings; the Precious Green, within the historical complex, protected Italian gardens, all to be discovered. A neighbourhood sensible to its history, with a precious identity, to be lived with a contemporary quality. 
Photo credits: Frigerio Design Group
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