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5 October 2020

Every year, the first Monday in October sees an international professional festival of architects.  Back in the first century BC, Roman scholar Marcus Vitruvius Pollio developed the basic canons of architecture, the main ones being strength, utility and beauty. And to this day, the industry has a practical, functional and aesthetic purpose.

Modern examples of the implementation of principles whose relevance has been confirmed over the centuries can be found in all major world capitals, including Moscow. One of the companies that applies the latest global trends and uses the successful experience of leading architects is the Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies.

Strength, utility, beauty

The facilities of the Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies are innovative for Moscow's infrastructure and play an important role in shaping the modern aspect of the capital, improving the quality of the urban environment. For example, during construction of the new transport interchange hub on the site of the Central (Schelkovskiy) bus station, Kievskaya Ploshchad introduced its own architectural solution, thanks to which the passenger platforms were moved up to the roof of the complex. The ramps catering for the arrival of vehicles allow them to ascend to a height of up to 32 metres, meaning this unique structure can support double-decker buses belonging to modern international carriers. Moscow’s oldest bus station has turned into a unique "mother-ship" of glass and metal - its translucent facade with wave-like geometry lined with fluted aluminium panels and decorated with nine-metre clocks, which will become the hallmark of the complex and the entire neighbourhood.

The complex with its shopping and entertainment centre and bus station is planned to open in October 2020, while building work on the new Nagatinskaya transport interchange hub is just beginning. The project will apply digital design technologies, automated energy efficient and intelligent engineering systems.

Harmony of space

An equally important aspect of the creation of a successful architectural project is how harmoniously a building fits into its environment. Examples of such successful integration are two unique gastronomic facilities which Kievskaya Ploshchad built in Zaryadye Park. The Voskhod retro restaurant has an unusual facade with glass walls, and its roof also forms a walking section of the park. The site offers panoramic views of the Moscow River, Vasilyevsky Descent and the Kremlin. The building seems to be "embedded" into the Zaryadye landscape, which helped preserve the unique relief of the park with its characteristic height difference. The Zaryadye gastronomic centre was also created using the same principle.

When designing the Evropeiskiy shopping and entertainment complex, an important task for the specialists involved was to link this new facility with the old architecture of the district, so that the overall picture took on a unified, harmonious look. It was decided that the Evropeiskiy shopping and entertainment complex would form the main connecting element of Evropa Square, combining from different sides the constructivist house built in 1927, which is an architectural monument, and the line of Kiev Station with the Slavyanskaya Hotel. Interestingly, for the first time in Moscow, Evropeiskiy used a unique technology of architectural lighting, with thousands of variants of architectural and artistic lighting compositions.

Eco-style as a trend

In recent years, more and more events dedicated to World Architecture Day are designed to promote the eco-style and technologies in building construction. This trend is embodied by Kievskaya Ploshchad in the interior of the Schelkovskiy multifunctional complex. An original design solution has turned LED pendant lights into eco-friendly art objects. Thirty-three lamps, placed on all floors of the shopping galleries, decorated with a special stabilised moss called reindeer lichen, which is collected in the forests of Scandinavia using special technology. To complete the floor in the Schelkovskiy shopping and entertainment centre, granite was used, which is highly durable, offers many different shades and a special depth of reflection that artificial materials cannot imitate.

Moscow’s heritage

The Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies’ contribution to preserving Moscow's architectural monuments was praised by the Moscow Restoration Award. Kievskaya Ploshchad’s restoration of the Miusskoye Depot was carried out with great attention to the ensemble’s past, where the history of public transport in Moscow began. Archival photographs, historical documents and original drawings were used. Each building of the Miusskoye Depot managed to regain its original appearance. To do this, the shareholders of the holding restored at their own expense more than 20,000 square metres of brick walls and even went on a special expedition to the Ivanov, Vologda and Vladimir regions in search of 300,000 rare examples of larger bricks, which would fully correspond to the time of construction.

Also, when developing the project to construct the hotel complex at 14 Varvarka, buildings 1 and 2, it was decided to recreate the appearance of the former apartment buildings of the insurance company Yakor and merchant of the first guild, Zelik Persits. Based on archival drawings of samples of modernism from the early 20th century, it was decided to restore their original pre-revolutionary appearance. All work was carried out in cooperation with specialists from the Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage and Moscomarchitectura, during which a project was developed which was subsequently highly praised by UNESCO experts.

The holding’s portfolio also includes one of the famous "Stalin skyscrapers" - the capital’s Hotel Ukraina, which after modernisation in 2010 opened under the international brand Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, and in 2019 joined the premium segment of the Radisson Collection, Moscow. The group of companies has begun a large-scale project to modernise the legendary Olimpiyskiy sports complex and is working on a number of other projects, each of which can rightfully be referred to as a calling card for Moscow.

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