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—20.07.2022
The St. Petersburg office of Blank Architects is working on HOLLYWOOD Shopping Center

This year St. Petersburg is waiting for one new shopping center - HOLLYWOOD, the architecture and interiors of which were created by Blank Architects team.

—19.07.2022
Shopping center "Vesna" renovation has been completed

The renovation of the shopping center "Vesna!" located on the Altufyevsky Highway has been completed according to our project: it includes the renovation of public spaces and food court.

—15.07.2022
New 4* hotel in Magadan in details

We found the architectural solution for the new 4* hotel project in Magadan in the harsh northern landscape – with its powerful rock breaks and stunning large-scale views.

—11.07.2022
Hotel in Agoy – new video about the project

The hotel complex in the Agoy Village of Tuapse district is one of our new, but already favorite projects.

—27.06.2022
Discovery: grand opening

Discovery shopping center by developer MR Group has been opened in Moscow. The project became the first opened shopping center in the city since the beginning of 2022.

—14.06.2022
Blank Architects won at ArchMoscow

The Blank Architects team took part in the exhibition ArchMoscow 2022 — the main event of the architectural world, annually bringing together hundreds of professionals and experts.

—30.05.2022
Blank Architects at ArchMoscow

Blank Architects will present an exposition dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the bureau's at the exhibition "ArchMoscow 2022".

—23.05.2022
Blank Architects metro project was shortlisted

The project of the consortium BACE (Blank Architects and Clancy Engineering) for the Ostrov Mechty metro station became the finalist of the first stage of the International competition for the development of the architectural appearance of the Moscow Metro stations.

—12.05.2022
How the residential projects may look in future

How the residential projects may look in future and what are the architects ready to offer? The chief architect of Blank Architects projects, Dane Klyakovich, shared the opinion in the author's column for the Portal of Archsovet of Moscow on how the approach to the design of residential real estate will change.

—25.04.2022
Как новая турбулентность изменит торговые центры?

орговые центры в новых условиях закрытия международных брендов столкнулись с оттоком трафика, а эксперты предрекают рост вакансии.

—24.03.2022
New project in Sochi

Another hotel project by Blank Architects - this is a complex in the village of Maisky.

—17.02.2022
Rizhskaya station in progress

Look underground: at the station of BCL "Rizhskaya", which was designed be Blank Architects everything is already prepared for the installation of arched structures.

—15.02.2022
"Tomorrow will come today" is now available on our website

"Tomorrow will come today" is a research and manifesto dedicated to changes in the architecture of the housing in future and our ideas about how we see really comfortable modern homes.

—08.02.2022
Blank Architects made a masterplan concept for the Prokshino cluster in Moscow

Blank Architects has developed the concept of a masterplan for the Prokshino sports and event cluster in Prokshino, Moscow, - a unique project for Russia. The project includes cultural and sports facilities, an event venue, a water park and a 100 m high slide.

—03.02.2022
Branding for NOVAMALL

For an umbrella brand of shopping centers NOVAMALL, we have created a logo, corporate identity and brandbook.

—27.01.2022
Blank Architects have started working on a 4* hotel in Magadan

The heads and teams of BACE consortium were invited by the Governor of the Magadan region Sergey Nosov to analyze and study the site in depth.

—27.01.2022
Branding

We create real estate projects at all points of contact with the audience: from architecture and landscaping to interior design, way finding and unique branding.

—12.01.2022
The Discovery shopping center by MR Group has been commissioned

The Discovery shopping center by MR Group has been commissioned in Moscow as part of the residential complex. We have created the concept of interiors and navigation in for the shopping area: finishing works and installation of lighting are continuing inside.

—07.12.2021
Blank Architects on the Forcities Forum

Yulia Zavaraeva, Head of Branding, Graphic Design and Wayfinding department at Blank Architects, participated in the II All-Russian Developer Forum "The Best Product Solutions and Trends in Commercial Real Estate" Forcities.

—30.11.2021
A few more words about the Discovery mall by the developer MR Group

The foodhall in the Discovery mall was marked in the top list of the expected openings by the founder of the Sysoev FM project, Alexander Sysoev, especially for RBC Style.

—18.11.2021
Chkalov wayfinding

The bright interiors of the Chkalov shopping center are harmoniously complemented by clear, intuitive wayfinding concept, also created by our bureau.

—09.11.2021
New project in Saint-Petersburg

One of the most important premieres of the St. Petersburg real estate market, the HOLLYWOOD shopping center, will be built by the project of Blank Architects.

—26.10.2021
We created the project of the museum of retro cars in New Moscow as part of the sports and event cluster "Prokshino" by A101

Working on the project of the museum, we were inspired primarily by the style of the exhibits.

—22.10.2021
Affordable multi-storey wooden construction in Russia - myth or reality?

Partner of Blank Architects Lukasz Kaczmarczyk, special for Vedomosti.Nedvizhimost, shared his expertise and opinion on the perspective of wooden multi-storey housing construction in Russia.

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Name
Location
Program
Status
Scale
Shopping Center in Vladimir
Vladimir
Program: Landscape, Retail, Interiors
Status: Completed
Scale: 50 000-100 000 sqm

—01.01.2019
Shopping Center in Vladimir

Abi Mall is a new retail and entertainment center in Vladimir which will be a part of a new urban area on the way to Suzdal. The building will occupie a site located at the intersection of two large transport ways working both in the city scale and as long-distance transport links. Construction of a residential area is planned in the north part of the site.

Our purpose was to suggest a modern individual design through an idea of circle perfection to create the atmosphere of infinity shopping opportunities. The mall will provid retail and catering facilities, a cinema, a multifunctional center, an entertainment and leisure zone and an office block.

Concept — Multiple Silhouettes

the site - 27 ha

round
circles
facades
landmark

The shape of the shopping center is based on the ring as an ideal figure. The intersection of the rings in the plan forms the layout of the object, creating a streamlined volume that allows you to escape the traditional perception of the main and secondary facade.Particular attention is paid to the visual perception of the object from a distance. This purpose is achieved by the landing of the object on the site, the multiple silhouettes of the building, emphasized entrance zones and the media facades.

The composition of the building consists of compound cylindrical volumes. For the functional and technological reasons, some walls are straightened. Such a transition emphasizes the entrance zones in the “round” parts of the object and simplifies the minor fragments of the facade. This forms landmarks for visitors.

Exterior and Inerior — Circle Perfection

GBA 84 400 sq.m.
GLA 75 000 sq.m.

combination
geometry
color
park
amphitheater

All 5 entrance areas have significant area of glazing, creating a visual connection between the exterior and interior, providing a good level of natural lighting and a presentable view of the entrance areas. The combination of different materials meets the complex geometry and color scheme of the entrances and strengthens them.

The northern entrance is focused on the main public space of the shopping center which is passing into the park. It will provide pedestrian connection of the center with the future residential area in the north. An amphitheater with a dry fountain and space for events is planned on this square.

The office block was designed according to characteristics of its typological group. The geometrical chess pattern of blank walls and glazing adds additional diversity to the overall solution of the facades of the mall, reflecting its multifunctionality.

Landscape — Discrepancy of Сircles

Area: 1,9 Ha

Outdoor amphitheatre
Special character tree: Acer saccharum, Acer rubrum
Tree alignments: Tilia
Clumps of trees: Pinus sylvestris
Ornemental orchard: Pear trees, Apple trees

Ladscape project was made in collaboration with Djao-Rakitine Landscape Architecture.
Principles we use here: Pre-treatment steps, such as vegetated swales (ditches) or filter trenches, remove pollutants from surface water prior to discharge to watercourses or aquifers. Retention systems delay the discharge of surface water to watercourses by providing storage within ponds, retention basins and wetlands for example. Infiltration systems, such as infiltration trenches and soakaways mimic natural recharge, allowing water to soak into the ground.

Company leaders desired a new office/headquarters that would serve as a refuge from the industrial agribusiness landscape that surround them. The concept seeks to capture the essence of an utilitarian agricultural aesthetic. The design merges rural vernacular with an equally spare contemporary aesthetic. The landscape is a reinterpretation of an agricultural field and orchard.

Conversation —
Unique facades

Alena Panfilova-Korsakova
Leading Architect

Shopping center seems like a very large structure. When you were designing it, what kind of customers did you have in mind?

Alexey Chadovich
Senior Architect

I would say that it seems more than just large when you realize that it will be situated in Vladimir, city with population of 350 thousands of people. Actually we were thinking about wide range of people groups categories. The area of shopping mall is about 86 thousands square meters. It can provide every necessary products and services for any people, no matter if it single young persons or families with children or elderly people.

Alena Panfilova-Korsakova
Leading Architect

What is it about the new that makes project Abi Mall different from other shopping malls?

Alexey Chadovich
Senior Architect

The shopping mall is situated on the intersection of two big federal roads (at the south and west). The new residential area will appear at the north of the shopping mall. That means that it could not have no front and back facades. All of them should be significant. So we were to provide 360 degrees attractive building that will attract people from the long distance and will became the starting point of new district development.

Alena Panfilova-Korsakova
Leading Architect

Did you face any special challenges while designing it that required especially innovative solutions?

Alexey Chadovich
Senior Architect

Based on all of the above we focused our attention on designing significant entrance zones that will become the shopping mall visit card. In the same time the budget of the building was clearly established by the client and we could not exceed it. So we made detailed market research to define positions that can be optimized to free up the budget for the entrance zones. It was a great experience (laughing).

Alena Panfilova-Korsakova
Leading Architect

And a question about all esthetics of exterior and interior. What steps were taken to balance the busyness of the

Alexey Chadovich
Senior Architect

First of all we defined what the main features of the façade and interior esthetics are. So we clearly realized where we can economize and where we can’t. I mean that we produced the clear plan of work before making any further steps. That helped us to save the main architectural ideas along the whole designing process despite of budget limitation.

Alena Panfilova-Korsakova
Leading Architect

What kind of materials and systems you’ve used on the facades, what problems did you face to find the best solution for making such complicated forms for entrances?

Alexey Chadovich
Senior Architect

Each entrance zone is the unique form that consists of spatial metal structure and aluminum sheets skin. Metal structure is the node-rod spatial system. To produce the right form every rods connector has unique form and must to be produced on laser machine. The spatial shape overhangs the entrance area. So it was very important to design waterproofing of panel joints. Besides of it we installed the lighting system into the façade panels. That gave the new visual quality to the façade during the night time.

Team
 

Magda Cichon
partner

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk
partner

Alexey Chadovich
senior architect

Ekaterina Karmatskikh
leading architect

Alexandra Semebratova (Selesh)
architect

Anastasiya Zhogoleva (Gajsina)
architect

Magda Kmita
partner

Alexandra Razina
leading architect

Agata Stebel
senior architect

Irina Drozdovskaya
architect