Proud New Mixed – Use Block
Kandinsky House is a new, mixed-use residential and office building located close to the Iset River in the historic heart of Ekaterinburg, east of the Ural Mountains in Russia. The project benefits from its proximity to the river embankment and its numerous pedestrian pathways that traverse the site.
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Internationally renowned architects AHR developed the concept for the Kandinsky project. The building volume is subdivided, with a variety of façade materials ensuring its harmonious integration among the smaller-scale older buildings and taller modern structures. The upper residential volume is clad in white Swisspearl fiber-cement panels. The panels are punctuated with framed windows of varying sizes and projections. The front elevation of the volume is gently curved, with windows that protrude through the cladding, thus accentuating the curve. The deep projecting roof on the penthouse level further enhances the curve. The smooth, matt, fiber-cement panels were chosen as an effective cladding material that could easily form the curved geometry, which is aesthetic, durable, and low maintenance. The lower office and residential volume are clad with Gabbro granite.
The residential accommodation includes eighty-eight apartments in a number of layouts varying in size from one to four bedrooms. The office accommodation is based on a central core layout that provides maximum tenant flexibility without the need for excessive internal corridors.
The concept of the external public amenities and landscaping, developed by Greenhance landscape designers, was based on the relationship between architecture and landscape. The residents’ garden offers a variety of trees and plants: apple, linden, and cedar trees to name just a few. With more than twenty-five species of plants, the colors of the diverse garden change with each season.
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Kandinsky Residential and Office Building
AHR Architects, London, United Kingdom
Jay Thomas, USA
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