Architecture of the month
Moscow || Russia
The redevelopment of the Bolshevik Factory on Leningradsky Prospekt in Moscow is an important piece of Moscow’s heritage and one of John McAslan and Partners’s most ambitious and painstaking adaptive re-use projects. Comprising seventeen buildings of varying ages and styles, including listed buildings dating from the late 19th century, the 50,000-sq.m redevelopment includes office spaces, a covered street, a residential element, 1.5 ha of public gardens and a new Museum of Russian Impressionism.
The Bolshevik Factory remains one of Moscow’s most significant examples of pre- and post-Soviet industrial heritage. Founded in 1855, the existing buildings and estate reflect the French influence of Adolf Sioux, the factory’s original founder, who established these grandiose premises to manufacture high quality confectionary.
In 1884, the Bolshevik Factory was the first building in Moscow to boast electric lighting.
The landscaping of the Bolshevik factory site creates a sequence of spaces, courtyards and gardens that permit restricted vehicular movement around the perimeter while preserving generous car-free areas as distinct garden spaces, squares and terraces.
The Museum of Russian Impressionism provides over 1,000 sq.m of exhibition space, a cinema, a multimedia zone, educational facilities for children, a café and retail facilities. The exhibition space is arranged over three floors, with the permanent collection on the ground floor and temporary exhibits on the upper floors.
Each year the museum plans to exhibit works from the world’s leading museums and private collections.
Location: Moscow, Russia
Client: 01 Properties, The Tactics Groups
Completion: 2014, residential element: ongoing
Gross Floor Area: 75,000 m2
Architects: John McAslan + Partners, Spectrum
Client's Agent, Planning and Cost Consultants: City-Developer
Brand Design: Assembly Studios
Contractors: Technostruktura, KMT, Ant Yapı
Facade/Roof Engineers: Buro Happold
Lighting: GIA Equation
Exterior Cladding: Fils, VIG PRO
Photography: © Denis Asekov, Mikhail Rozanov, Edmund Sumner