Moscow Golden Island by Steven Holl Architect

Moscow Golden Island

Moscow Golden Island
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On this uniquely important historical site we envision new housing as “Spatial Ribbons” shaping public and semi-public space. For good light and air these ribbons are all 15 meters wide but they contain a rich typological variety.

Moscow Golden Island
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Many of the apartments have two full exposures and all have natural light & good views. These “ribbons” are a special malleable architecture – a plastic composition of space shaping architecture between historical buildings.

Moscow Golden Island
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We propose a pedestrian bridge linking the project to a music pavilion floating in the Moscow River. This music pavilion connects to the history of the sites former Mariinsky School, where Sergei Rachmaninoff taught for many years.

Moscow Golden Island
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The hybrid buildings for living, working and recreation have four seasons of activity. The pools at the central public space are designed to freeze in winter offering ice skating.

Moscow Golden Island
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A historical link to Moscow polychromy – such as in the rainbow of colors in St. Basil’s– is developed in ceramics which line the sculptural openings in the white facades.

Moscow Golden Island
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Roofs are verdigris green copper, with roof integrated photovoltaic power supplying 30% of the electrical needs. Among the state of the art ecology aspects are radiant heat and cooling is provided by a geothermal well system.Source by Steven Holl Architects.

Moscow Golden Island
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Location: Moscow, Russia
Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Architect In Charge: Steven Holl (design architect), Dimitra Tsachrelia (associate in charge), Carolina Freue, Ivan Grekov, Michael Haddy, Elise Riley, Yun Shi (project team)
Associate architects: WOWHAUS
Sustainability: Transsolar KlimaEngineering
Client: Capital Group
Year: 2015
Images: Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Moscow Golden Island
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Moscow Golden Island
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