Water Tower Redevelopment Concept

Water Tower Redevelopment Concept

Work under the competitive project of Shcherbinka water tower redevelopment has begun with acquaintance to history of the place and communication with residents of the area. It turned out that the Tower is very symbolical for them. The building around has been constantly changed, but the Tower remained the same, so for people it’s associated with their children’s memoirs, personality formation and important emotions. From discussions we have concluded the strategic decision — we are going to perform the most delicate work with the building and try to keep the tower’s silhouette. For this purpose we have lifted the multipurpose hall — it is located on the second floor, having left the tower basis open. In uniform style with the volume of the second floor, the add-on is made that increases the tower height a little, makes it more noticeable and at the same time increases the operational area — basically, the co-working zone will be right there. When we have lifted the volume, we created two entrance groups, comfortably organized, protected from rainfall.

The concept was driven by not only desire to keep the place history, but also by physical restrictions of the space. The tower is located in the limited conditions, from three sides it’s surrounded with highways. We have been constrained in shaping of the multipurpose hall on the second floor, and that’s how the flexible, delicate form of the hall was born. On the first floor the cafe is located, it repeats a spot of the Tower construction and can work separately from the Tower.

World Architecture Festival 2018 Short list
WAF 2018, шорт-лист в номинации «Будущие проекты»
Золотое сечение 2019, номинант премии «Проект. Здание и сооружение»
Russia, Moscow
506 m2

One of the concept main elements is light. In the daytime the building absorbs light, so the internal space is filled with natural lighting thanks to the fact that the hall is lined with opaque glass — u-glass, this light will disturb nobody, being soft, streaming, showing the silhouettes of people inside from the outside. At night, on the contrary — the building becomes a light source, radiates a soft luminescence, so the strangers walking by will see the silhouettes of visitors. The building is equipped with dimmable illumination of u-glass lamels, so it will be possible to regulate brightness so that light didn’t disturb the nearby houses. The architecture attracts people, telling them that there is something interesting going on, inviting them to join it.

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Project team
  • Amir Idiatulin
  • Andrey Sidorov
  • Polina Tsybenko
  • Nikolay Faneev
  • Sergey Shishkin
  • Keira Kompanets