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Posts tagged as 'Russia'

'Organic Dwelling' - exhibition view; photo by Architonic

‘If we would like to survive as human beings we should live in the harmony of Nature’ suggests the renowned Dutch designer and trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort who has presented her recent project exploring the subject of biomimicry in contemporary design and architecture.


One of the highlights of last week’s Moscow Design Week, ‘ORGANIC DWELLING: biomimicry in design & architecture’ surveys’ how designers and architects have embraced a more organic language, welcoming technology while not letting go of our more primal instincts.’ The installation is held at the State Museum of Architecture MUAR and will remain on view until 30 November. (more…)

'Moscow Bowl' by SashaDasha Design presented during Moscow Design Week

Earlier last week, we have been invited to attend the second edition of Moscow Design Week and that’s where we have spotted this series of two bowls and a low table created by the Russian twin sister design duo, SashaDasha Design. Characterised by expressive, irregular lines and asymmetric forms, each of the lacquered-metal objects is in fact a meticulous, 3-dimensional depiction of the administrative district of one of the three European capitals: Moscow, Paris and Copenhagen.


Wed 31.3.

‘Bless You’ lamp by Dima Loginoff (RU)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 31.03.2010 - Tagged as: , , ,

'Bless You' lamp by Dima Loginoff

If the Russian designer Dima Loginoff hadn’t tried to explain the gesture of his figurative ‘Bless You’ floor lamp by giving it such a meaningful name, it would have been even more impressive. Anyway, the simple and graphic LED lamp will hopefully find a manufacturer soon.

'Bless You' lamp by Dima Loginoff

seen @ Stilsucht

to the Dima Loginoff website

LED wall at the Reconstruction of the Congress and Concert Hall in Moscow by Otako Architects

LED wall at the Reconstruction of the Congress and Concert Hall in Moscow by OTASH studio

The ‘State Kremlin Palace’ in Moscow was built in 1961, under Nikita Khruschev, as a modern arena for Communist Party congresses and conferences, performances and concerts. The main part of the building is one of Europe’s biggest and finest auditoriums with 6000 seats, used mostly for concerts and ballet performances today. It is also the scene of the Kremlin Ballet Theatre and the second stage of the Bolshoi Theatre. Almost 50 years after its construction Russian authorities decided to give a new contemporary look to the buidling and upgrade its performance. The Moscow and Belgrade based OTASH studio created a new interior concept for the the concert hall.

LED wall by Otako Architects

LED wall by OTASH studio

Here is what the architects explain:

“The basic concept of the architecural team was to preserve as much of the previously existing geometry of the Hall and, with the use of Led lighting integrated into the wall panelling, to create the effect of large screens so that the whole interior would actively participate in the scenic experience, allowing a director vast possibilities in the conceptualization of plays. Such use of technology gives this reconstructed Hall multifunctionality, which was main task the architectural team was presented with.”

LED wall by Otako Architects


“Applying the new acoustic solutions to the design of the interior was a particular challenge, as it required the sheathing of all surfaces with specially designed acoustic panels (high frequency and low frequency). For these panels to act properly, the sheathing before them had to be more than 50% sound permeable, which was accomplished by different manners of perforation and the use of acoustic materials. Precisely these facts had a significant effect on the final appearance and characteristics of the Hall, which is now included among the most technologically advanced halls in the world.”

Applied acoustic panels, by Otako Architects

Applied acoustic panels, by OTASH STUDIO

The auditorium was inaugurated on 4th of November 2009, in the presence of distinguished state and public representatives.

Concert Hall

Concert Hall

Authors: Dejan Otasevic, Ivo Otasevic, Uros Otasevic

Project architectural team: Slobodan Damjanovic, Pavle Bogdanovic

Associates: Marija Simsic, Dragana Mijatovic

Conceptual plan: 2007

Main Project: 2008-2009

Reconstruction implemented: 2009

to the OTASH studio website

Moesk Control Center by Arch-grup and ABTB

Moesk Control Center by Arch-group and ABTB

Russian Arch-group and ABTB are to build the reconstruction of the network control centre of electricity-distribution company Moesk in Moscow, Russia. Main space is a control room of320 m2 with a two-level podium made of corian including workstations for six controllers and a wall of video screens. The wall consists of 36 Barco video cubes showing informations on the condition of the electricity network.

Moesk Control Center by Arch-grup and ABTB

Photos: Arch-group and ABTB

Laconically decorated on a dark floor the second space underlines the dynamical form of a snow-white podium. The wall finish is perforated BILDEX and luminescent lamps hidden behind the translucent ceiling light up the space. Powerful projectors are turned to the workstations.

Moesk Control Center by Arch-grup and ABTB

Moesk Control Center by Arch-group and ABTB

to Arch-group



Thu 4.6.

Siberian wooden houses

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 04.06.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Photos by vladstudio

Photos by vladstudio

When Jules Vernes travelled through the southern fringes of the taiga and arrived in Irkutsk he found there a “giant storehouse of goods of all kinds that are traded in China, Central Asia and Europe”. His words are true – in Irkutsk, a city which politically lies within Asia but is culturally much more influenced by Europe, you come to realise what the word “Eurasian” means. As a Russian colonial settlement the city is an outpost of Europe within Asia.

Photos by vladstudio

Photos by vladstudio

Architecturally this is documented by those picturesque, elaborately decorated wooden houses from the nineteenth century which survived the great fire of 1879. Originally these two-storey buildings were proud urban villas, but today these crumbling dwellings are home mainly to the poor. Here are some impressions of Irkutsk, the “pearl of Siberia”.

Photos by vladstudio

Photos by vladstudio

Seen at materialicious

Photos by vladstudio

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