The project occupies the site of a famous chocolate factory in the historic heart of Moscow. It consists of seven high-end residential buildings connected by a spacious internal courtyard. The original facades of the factory were renovated to retain its historical appearance. In contrast to the original buildings, the facades facing the courtyard have an emphatically modern design, with polylines, panoramic windows, large modules of white architectural concrete, natural stone and anodized copper. These elements give the development an unequivocally modern character. In addition, ORDYNKA features a carefully restored 19th century merchant mansion, specifically a classic manor house with a portico and two outbuildings.
The project is designed pragmatically, divided into separate objects to address the complexity of hosting such a large structure in the historic city center. To do so, a universal module was used in planning the facades of all buildings. The original facade faces Malaya Ordynka Street, hiding a modern spacious courtyard formed by two linear volumes with 3D facades, interconnected by two raised bridges. The facades are clad in contrasting shades of light stone and dark metal. The wavy geometric appearance is created with a simple movement of the planes inward and outward, forming a regular pattern of "waves".
Anton Khmelnitskiy, founder of AI Studio, says, "ORDYNKA was a painstaking but very interesting project for us. Our goal was to organically install uncompromising contemporary architecture into the context of historical Moscow."
Address: 25 Malaya Ordynka Street, Moscow
Total area: 18,300 square meters
Number of apartments: 82
Apartment sizes: 45.4- to 315.6 square meters
Underground parking: 107 cars
Completion: December 2020
Budget: circa £60 million
Design team: Albert Serrano, Anton Khmelnitskiy, Bathilde Hamonic, Davit Canava, Dominykas Daunis, Ivane Ksnelashvili
Execution team: Anton Khmelnitskiy, Irina Bratashova, Ivan Babich, Julia Mogilevsteva, Nikita Tsymbal)
Structure and MEP: R3
Landscape: Alphabet City
Photos by Dmitriy Chebanenko