Fascinating Red Ceramic Façade with Sculptural cuts | RED7 by MVRDV in Russia | SURFACES REPORTER

Dutch Studio MVRDV’s first building in Russia and the latest housing project-RED7 is also home to the Le Corbusier Tsentrosoyuz Building and Narkomzem, the constructivist designed Ministry of Agriculture by Alexey Shchusevand.

The building, previously titled silhouette’ was launched in 2018. In 2019, the project had also been shortlisted in the ‘future projects – residential’ category at the World Architecture Festival. The construction work of RED7 is planned to be finished by 2022. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) has covered the entire building in detail. Have a look:

Offers Panoramic Views to the City’s Skyline

Located at the intersection of Academician Sakharov avenue and Sadovaya-Spasskaya street, the building will be a new addition to the centre of the city that will contribute to the grand character of Moscow’s central ring.

It will have great exposure and accessibility within the city. With a height up to seventy-eight meters, the complex offers remarkable views of Moscow’s skyline and adds a bold new character to the city’s existing building.

Versatile Building

Spread over an area of 52,000 m2 complex, it will consist of luxury apartments, a sports centre, flexible workspaces, an event space and a sky deck.

The top floors accommodate apartments in a variety of configurations and sizes with the largest located on the corners providing panoramic views in every direction. Underground programs include a supermarket and both commercial and residential parking.

Sculptural Cuts for Various Functions

A modular system allows for diversifying the building’s shape and interior typologies whilst at the same time, this provides both compact and spacious apartments.

The volume of the building is sculpted and diversified to create distinctive entrances and a sloping roofscape that strengthens the views of the city.

Sculptural cuts on the top and bottom of the facade are carved out according to the function that needs to take place, or certain quality that needs to be provided within the space inside.

Red-Brick Cladding Adds to Its Character

The elevation pattern is manipulated by various window sizes that respond to their position within the façade.

The red ceramic façade features a subtle gradient of window sizes in dialogue to the buildings overall massing.

The distinct red-brick masonry not only refers to the neighbouring constructivist building but also affirms its character as a warm and welcoming place to live.

The architectural concept was chosen as the best proposal and won the closed competition, held by GK Osnova.

Project Details

Location: Russia
City: Moscow
Completion Year: 2022
Surface: 52000 m²
Client: GK Osnova
Programs: Retail, Residential


Architect: MVRDV
Co-architect: APEX Project Bureau
Principal in charge: Jacob van Rijs
Partner: Frans de Witte
Design team: Fedor BronMick van GemertElija KozakDaniele ZontaSandra JasionyteFouad AddouGerard HeerinkIker Perez
Visualization: Antonio Luca CocoDavide CalabroPavlos VentourisTomaso MaschiettiKirill EmelianovLuca Piattelli
Strategy & Development: Willeke VesterBart Dankers
Copyright: MVRDV, Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries
Partners: Management Coordination (competition phase): Interstroy - Aleksey Polischuk, Ekaterina Abramovich, Arseniy Zubuga, Svetlana Babloeva and Igor Belyaev
Images: © MVRDV, Mozses and GK Osnova

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