Concept for Development of Badayevskiy Brewery

22 March 2018
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In Moscow, the concept of development of Badayevskiy brewery on the embankment of Taras Shevchenko was presented. Pritzker Prize winner Swiss architectural studio Herzog & de Meuron was invited to develop the project.

The area of Badayevskiy brewery is ​​6 hectares. The company was founded in 1875 and was decommissioned in 2006. The complex of brewery buildings is a landmark of industrial architecture of the 19th century and is under protection. The authors of the project envisage the reconstruction of the historic industrial buildings and filling of the territory with new functions, creation of amenities, including within the embankment boundaries for the city residents. The complex will have a new structure with a contemporary unprecedented in Moscow architectural solution: the building on the columns will rise 35 meters above the ground.

The building will accommodate offices, flats and apartments, the roof of the building will have villas with terraces, and in the underground area there will be parking spaces and utility rooms. In the old shops of the Badayevskiy plant will house stores, bars, restaurants, sports and children’s centers, coworking and a conference center. The buildings, which have not been granted the status of a monument of architecture, will be dismantled, and in their place there will be a park with a network of footpaths connecting the territory of the plant with the Moskva-River. The total area of ​​the multifunctional complex will be 100 thousand square meters. Construction will be completed in five years.

During the presentation, Pierre de Meuron, co-founder of the Swiss architectural studio Herzog & de Meuron, said that the main advantage of the Badayevskiy brewery complex will be the creation of new public spaces open to all: a walking area along the Moskva-River embankment and a park with glades and forest groves. “The new building rises above the ground on slender pillars connecting it with the surrounding park, offering spectacular panoramic views of the Moskva-River, the park, the restored buildings, Ukraina Hotel, Kutuzovsky Avenue, the Government House and the Moscow City MMDC. When developing the project, it was necessary to achieve seemingly mutually exclusive goals: to restore historic buildings, on the one hand, and to bring qualitatively new architectural solutions for life and work, on the other,” said the architect.

First of all, the columns that will hold the buildings attract a lot of attention. “Obviously, we tried to “elevate” the concepts previously tested on the ground, although we hesitated to offer this typology reminiscent of a horizontal skyscraper, which became one of the most heroic icons of the Russian avant-garde. Our building does not “float”, but simply rises above the ground on slender supports. The idea of ​​a building that is suspended in the air is not crazy. The design, which does not yet have equivalents in Russia, takes into account all applicable building codes, including security requirements,” explained Pierre de Meuron.

The archstudio Herzog & de Meuron is known for such world projects as the Tate Modern Gallery in London, the Elbe Philharmonic in Hamburg, the Olympic Stadium in Beijing and others. All of them have unique technical features and clearly demonstrate that architects are not afraid of difficult tasks and can achieve their goals.

The general designer is the Moscow company APEX who, in close cooperation with the Swiss colleagues, develops all the stages of the project, not only to meet local standards and requirements, but also to deeply study the technical solutions (structural, engineering, fire safety and protection of cultural heritage), which will make it possible to further implement the project in accordance with the original idea.

For now, the project of the Badayevskiy brewery is still a pure concept, but it meets the basic requirements of the investor – Capital Group that set an ambitious goal: to create a new symbol of the city, which will become a landmark of Moscow. “The three tasks that we solved: first, to preserve the objects of cultural heritage and to renew their appearance, if necessary; second, new construction, infrastructure in the area; and, finally, third, to create a new park with a comfortable waterfront in the center of Moscow. The presented architectural concept responds to the idea and proposes the redevelopment of historical buildings together with the creation of commercial and residential clusters with an underground two-storey parking lot,” commented Chairman of the Board of Directors of Capital Group Pavel Te on the details of the architectural solution.

Images: Herzog & de Meuron


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