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i-city | i-land, 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture 2012


Padiglione della Russia, Giardini della Biennale, Castello, 30122 Venezia
Client: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Curator: Sergey Tchoban
Co-Curator: Sergey Kuznetsov, Valeria Kashirina
Project team: Marina Kuznetskaya, Agniya Sterligova, Kirill Zaev, Elena Petukhova
Total area: 480 sqm
Photography: SPEECH

At the 13th Architectural Biennale in Venice Russia presented an installation dedicated to the Skolkovo Innovation Center. The presented project was entirely consistent with the theme of the event -The Common Ground.
The authors devided the installation into two parts. The main part was housed in a suite of three rooms on the first floor presenting different working stages of the Skolkovo project: from the planning concept to individual sites and from the planning of individual areas to individual elements of the development. The visual and textual information was placed in virtual space – QR-codes covered all three halls on the second level of the pavillion. The visitors accessed the information with the help of tablets that they received at the entrance to the exhibition.
The second part of the exhibition on the lower level used historic photographs of 37 Soviet closed science cities, also known as “Naukograds”. The access to such cities was restricted because of possible intellectual espionage. In the complete darkness of the installation hall the visitors could „spy“ on old photographs of secrete Soviet buildings through irregularly placed round openings. The intention of the authors was to improve visitor’s understanding for the transformation ways of the Soviet science.


Krasnodar Stadium

Location: ul. Vostochno-Kruglikovskaya | ul. Zhloby, Krasnodar
Client: OOO Investstroj
Authors: gmp Architekten, Berlin | SPEECH Moscow
Capacity: 36 000 seats
Construction: 2012-2016
Photography: www.new-krasnodar.ru

The stadium for the football team FK Krasnodar, wich belongs to the Russian National Football League, can host more than 36.000 spectators and was designed in accordance with the guidelines of the UEFA and the Russian Football Union.
The classical appearance of the building is provided by an elegant travertine façade which is divided into 3 sections. Massive pillars create a regular repeating pattern which characterizes stadium’s exterior.
The cornice is concealing the lightweight membrane roof construction based on two tangent compression rings and one tension ring which are connected by radial steel trusses.
One of the main attractions of the building will be a big circumferential LED multimedia façade located between the undulating outline of the upper stand and the lower compression ring.
The architectural concept is pure and distinct in its language and has a high recognition value.

Architect's Eye

Architect’s Eye

Location: Courtyard of the Milan University, Via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano
Client: Magazine INTERNI

Sergey Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov, Evgeniya Murinets, Sergey Glubokin
Photography: SPEECH

The yearly exhibition Interni Legacy takes place in the courtyard of a the Milan University in the frames of the Fuori Salone and the Design Week in Milan. The Exposition consists of art-objects and installations by leading world architects and designers, dedicated to a common theme – the interconnection between modern architecture and historical legacy.

In the process of perception of historical heritage the most important instrument is the architect’s eye, the connection point between the pictures and their inner transformation in a creative mind. This image was embodied in an ideal sphere with a smooth surface made of modern materials reflecting beauty and perfection of the ambient courtyard space and the double-level arcade built in the 18th century.

The smooth sphere is not just an impersonal anthropogenic abstraction. The authors make it appear in form of a giant eye with a movable pupil that reacts to its surroundings. Inside the sphere the visitors can see projections of diverse architectural sites. The authors of the installation have chosen images of Russian avant-garde monuments. The desastrous condition of these monuments is well known to the international community. The pupil widens and shortens like a real human eye, giving the impression of fear and shock by the look on these valuable yet deteriorating examples of the architectural legacy. In its symbolic way the installation “Architect’s Eye” is approaching the problem of tight connection between the professional activity of an architect and the importance of preservation of historic sites and monuments.

Water Palace Kazan

Water Sports Palace, Kazan

Location: Chistopolskaya ul., Novo-Savinovsky district, Kazan
Authors: Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov
Project leader: Nikolai Gordyushin
Project team:

Tatiana Varyukhina, Georg Glebov, Alexey Shubkin, Tatiana Logunova, Sergey Serdyukov
Total area: 43 000 sqm
Photography: Iliya Ivanov

Being part of a sport complex, this new aquatics center is situated in the Kazan Universiade Park and was developed for the International Students’ Sports Games 2013. The stadium serves as the venue for contests in water polo, swimming, platform diving, synchronized diving and synchronized swimming.

The structure with a length of 187.5 meters and a width of 84 meters is situated along the banks of the river Kazanka. It consists of two basic blocks and with its maximum height of 25 meters reminds one of a billowing wave.

The maximum capacity of the palace is 3 540 seats, including approx. 2 000 stationary seats, commentator’s cabins and seats in the VIP area, and 1 500 additional seats installed on demountable tribunes.

Translucent constructions are actively used in the facades. Thanks to the carefully balanced combination of glazing and blind parts of the walling and bridging, the authors of the projects managed to achieve high level of energy efficiency in the building, which makes it possible to minimize power consumption.

Most materials and structures used in the construction were produced by companies from central Russia and with the use of Russian resources.

Office and Business Complex Ozerkovskaya

Office and Business Complex Ozerkovskaya

Location: Ozerkovskaya nab. 22-24, Moscow
Client: “Stroyinkom-K”
Authors: Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov
Project leader: Vyacheslav Kazul, Yulia Kotlyar
Project team:

Pavel Shaburov, Theodore Stolyarov, Vladimir Shalyavskiy, Sergey Hapoknysh, Ekaterina Sennikova, Angelika Gorobets, Andrey Kabanov, Tatiana Zhukova, Artem Lisitsin, Ludmila Makukhina
Total area: 78 647 sqm
Photograhy: Iliya Ivanov, SPEECH

The architectural solution includes a scenically curved pedestrian street facing the embankment. A smooth curve of the pedestrian boulevard broadening towards the embankment constitutes the key element of the ensemble, which consits of 4 buildings. The ground and the first floor host shops, bars and restaurants.

The elevation parameters of the ensamble are changing along with the boulevard curve: the highest point builds the 11-storey construction in the center of the complex, the number of storeys reduces to five towards the embankment.

The relief effect of the buildings and the perspective on the boulevard are emphasized by double columns and pylons of curvilinear section. They create a virtical devision.

The façade composition, inspired by Konstantin Melnikov’s architectural traditions and by so-called “red dorika” of Ivan Fomin, strict rhythm of the façade divisions and bright, laconic color gamut give to the whole complex a character of completed architectural ensemble.

The interaction with the environment, dynamism of the volume-spatial solution and attention to the large public area make the ensemble on Ozerkovskaya embankment one of the most interesting modern examples of such important for Moscow typologies as complex building on embankment.


Innovation Centre Skolkovo

Location: Moscow region, Odintsovo district, village Skolkovo

Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov in collaboration with SANAA, OMA, Valode&Pistre, Mohsen Mostafavi, Herzog&De Meuron, David Chipperfield Architects, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Project Meganom, BERNASKONI
Project leader: Alexey Ilyin
Project team:

Alexandra Sytnikova, Anastasia Gritsenko, Antonina Egorova, Polina Karinskaya, Olga Kashko, Alexandra Koptelova, Irina Kohanova, Anton Chernyshev, Igor Osokin
Construction: 2012-2016

The Skolkovo Innovation Center is a planned high technology business area to be built near Moscow. The Center aims to be a highly modern complex which should encourage the science and technology companies.

According to the master plan of the Innovation Center developed by the French AREP Ville office, the territory is divided into several districts. Two architectural offices headed by members of the Town Planning Council  were chosen for the detailed planning for each district. The Southern District or D-1 is to be supervised by the architectural office SPEECH in collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects.

The D-1 District is located on the southern border of the city and is separated from the main territory by a wide forest belt. Such remoteness as well as the combination of different functions on D-1 territory, such as residential buildings, offices and cultural centers, brought the authors to the idea to turn the district into a microcity with its own structure and unique atmosphere. Priority was granted to the comfort of future inhabitants which can be reached by creation of a pleasant atmosphere. The area is reminding in its size of a small European city with houses, streets and squares, various in architecture and well integrated into a natural environment.
The most dense development of 4-storey houses is arranged along the Central Boulevard. Towards the outskirts the height of buildings lessens to 3-2 floors, whereas the spaces between the quarters broaden. They form small inviting squares which seem to be gradually joining the forest area.