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Project Orange : New Moscow Building
Contemporary Architecture in Russia – design by Foster + Partners
16 Apr 2008
Project Orange Moscow
Foster + Partners reveals “Project Orange” in Moscow
Foster + Partners reveals designs for ‘Project Orange’, a new multi-use building for Moscow, which combines a museum of contemporary art with living. The concept has been influenced by structures found in nature including the orange, which is historically a symbol of opulence in Russia. The building is conceived as a series of distinct residential and hotel segments arranged around a central museum space, which forms the heart of the scheme. The concept is a response to a request from SST/Russian Land and Madame Lushkev to explore the idea of a compact mixed-use development.
Circular in plan, five “segments” rise to 15 storeys, creating a compact cluster of volumes. Curving into one another, the segments provide an efficient structure to protect against Moscow’s cold winter climate, while glazed slots bring natural light deep inside and provide spectacular views out. Windows can be opened during milder weather, and winter gardens act as the green lungs of the development encouraging natural ventilation.
The façade is orange at the base, turning to silver at the higher levels. It appears solid, yet is pierced with a series of openings that give it a geometric texture. These apertures are dynamic and can become interactive at night to display information.
The building meets the ground with generous shops and museum space, revitalising the surrounding urban realm and strengthening pedestrian links to and around the site. The museum is arranged over a series of levels linked by a ramp that spirals up through the building. The central courtyard is a 24-hour destination with bars and restaurants.
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Project Orange Moscow design : Foster + Partners
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Russian Projects by Foster + Partners – Selection
Crystal Island Moscow
image : Foster + Partners
Russia Tower – Foster + Partners’ super-high tower in Moscow
image Foster + Partners
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Another project by Norman Foster in Moscow:
Red October – chocolate factory site redevelopment
Foster & Partners; Jean Nouvel; Project Meganom; Jean Michel Wilmotte; Willen & Associates; McAdam Architects
Area: approx. 100,000sqm
Moscow House by Zaha Hadid Architects
picture : ZHA
Russian Tower : Gazprom
Project Orange Moscow architect : Norman Foster
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