Architects of Invention were invited to design a mixed-use masterplan for a historic site in central Moscow. The name of the development 'Lucky' comes from the 'Lakokraska' Scientific Production Company, a paint and 'lacquer' factory that occupied the site under a series of different ownerships from the 1850s to the 1980s.
The brief called for a predominantly residential scheme, renovating some of the remaining, listed, industrial brick buildings, whilst demolishing the remainder to create accommodation with community and service areas.
The practice drew inspiration from the history of the site and its transformation from industrial to residential, responding with a metabolic structure that looks as though it could have 'grown' out of the site. Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis' was an influence, with its idea of the past generating the future. The existing historic buildings provided a set of parameters from which AI generated modules that are adaptable in terms of size and their orientation towards the light. The result is a modular residential block of 1246 number of apartments, configured to benefit from light and flexible in terms of the space they offer.