Founded in 1989, Moscow architecture practice Asadov handles a broad spectrum of briefs including large projects. Recently the firm has been engaged in several urban-scale architectural ventures that have taken them to the forefront of expressive experimentation. Ambitious structural design and a new take on the way materials are used have produced landmark architectures that have made a ‘monumental’ impact on the landscape. Asadov projects successfully combine technological prowess and intuitive sensitivity, rationality and modern architect traditions. Theirs is a fine balance between the lyrical and the futuristic. Their residential complexes, for the most part located in Moscow, comprise aligned same-size blocks made distinctive by their different colours and combination of materials. Designs vary from inter-connected high-rise tower blocks conveying a sense of solidity, to extensive residential complexes rendered less massive by a series of ‘slender’ volumes where high-tech metal slab cladding effectively breaks up the horizontal expanses.
Asadov’s large-scale hotel complexes - in Moscow and Astana (Kazakhstan) - are part of the modern high-tech hospitality scene with an abundance of steel and glazing. Their retail briefs also impart a strong identity: contemporary architecture complexes whose wide expanses of glazing provide transparency and internal luminosity and also create a local landmark. An ‘all glass’ example is the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Moscow. In contrast, the glazed façades of the Land Rover and Hyundai headquarters are partially overlaid with metal slabs that have the effect of de-materialising the perimeter walls.
Completed in 2013, the mixed-use retail and business complex Olympic Hall has below ground parking and a striking aboveground volume with dramatically cantilevered upper floors that project outwards like the prow of a ship. This design and the wide use of façade glazing give this massive structure an unusual dynamic. The glass-roofed atrium - from which circulation routes depart to the other segments of the building - courses the full height of the construction. The interior is characterised by the latest technology throughout with all service equipment contained in the ceilings. Indeed, subsequent change in use of parts of the building to new use (especially for office space) did not require any structural alterations.
The Zukovka-21 Sport Club was completed in 2011 and provides a range of sports facilities: tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness centre and relaxation areas. Located in a pleasant landscape on a plot overlooking a bend in the Moscow river, the different components blend to give an impression of both lightness and rootedness. The extensive roof overhangs form large “wings” supported by oblique metal columns. As well as giving the building a strong identity they create protected extensions of the interiors.
Completed in 2011, the Paediatric Hospital and Research Centre of haematology, oncology and immune diseases has been designed taking great care to avoid anything that is stern or depressing. While offering the latest technological treatment, the hospital offers young patients and their parents colourful light-filled environments. There is also a residential facility where young parents and their relatives can stay during rehabilitation.