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Tatlin Apartments

Moscow, Russia (2017)


The building is located in the North-East part of Moscow city centre. The street originated in the XVIII century in the former village of Rubtsov on the shore of Yauza. Its original name Pokrovskaya Street was given over the Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rubtsovo, built in 1618-1626. In honor of the liberation of Moscow from the Poles. Renamed in 1918 in honor of MA Bakunin (1814-1876) - the ideologist of Narodism and anarchism [1]. In 1840 he went abroad, participated in several European revolutions. Many historical houses have survived to this day. 150 - 200-year-old history is at home number 7, 15. In 1886, architect IG Kondratenko built the first factory building on the street, on the plots of houses No. 74 - 76. In 1885 the architect P. P. Shcheglov built a house (No. 54), distinguished by an unusual pomp of decor: the pediment was decorated with the head of a lion. In 1891, architect I. S. Kuznetsov built a house number 78 for the manufacturer Denisov. In the years 1902-04. Under the project of I. S. Kuznetsov, another building was built on Pokrovskaya Street (No. 94) for the clergy of the churches of the Moscow Pokrovskaya Community of Sisters of Mercy.

Building description

The Telecom building was built in 1927-1928 by the civil engineer V. Patek's. It is an example of Russian industrial constructivism and there are three identical buildings in Moscow. The four-story building is the letter "T" shape in plan. It has a staggering monumental rendered facade with large inscriptions - "Mail", "Telephone", "Telegraph" which is facing Bakuninskaya Street. The main façade is preserved and restored according to the original design. Front part of the building accommodates retail, cafes and a restaurant with an outdoor terrace. The rare part of the building rebuilt according to the new function with two large lobbies on the ground floor. Building rendered with light grey tone plaster as per original appearance, and all the windows, doors and metals part are out of dark painted aluminum. The historic building accommodates retail, café and e restaurant with an outdoor terrace.

New independent volume is lifted above the existing historic building forming a sky-garden in between. A contrast is emphasized by a triangular cantilevering part of the superstructure hovering above the historical facade. The facade of the new superstructure volume is formed as a large grid of modular components made of composite aluminum panels and stained glass thus forming balconies for every room. Its metallic appearance highlights non-interference between the historic fabric preservation and  the new volume. Tow cores with two lobbies of the apart-hotel serve both volumes.

The entrance to the apart-hotel is maintained via courtyard through the double height opening in the middle of the rare side of the building on the ground floor. One level underground car park with 65 cars is placed within the boundaries of the site.


Buildings is based on a concrete load baring sheer walls and two core structure. New volume cantilevers from the South and North by 13m and 7,5m respectively. The transferred slab underneath the new volume is formed as a caisson superstructure.


In collaboration with Architects of Invention

Team: Ivan Babich, Irina Bratashova, Dominykas Daunys, Jose Lozano, Carlos Hurtado de Mendoza,
Julia Mogilevsteva, George Nishnianidze, Nikoloz Japaridze, Anton Khmelnitskiy, Ivane Ksnelashvili,
Davit Tsanava, Nikita Tsymbal, Fabio Zampeze

Status: Under Construction
Location: Moscow, Russia
Programme: Retail, Hotel, Reception, Car Park  
Size: 15,000 sq.m