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Name
Location
Program
Status development
Scale
Year
Danilovskaya Manufactura – Landscape
Moscow, Russia
Program: Landscape
Status: Completed
Scale: 5 000-10 000 sqm
Year: 2012

—30.09.2012
Danilovskaya Manufactura – Landscape

The office of Blank Architects had stipulated that it wouldn’t make any serious changes to the historical image of the Danilovskaya Manufactory. A desire to emphasize the nobility of the architecture had an influence on the choice of neutral colors for the pavement, the simple geometry of which would not distract attention from the austere dark brick walls of the buildings.

This same guiding principle also affected the landscape design with its unkempt, wild grasses, and bushes which serve to emphasize the male character of both the place and building.

Conversation —
Concept of mindfulness

Alexandra Razina
Architect

Let's start from something you said to me earlier. You mentioned the concept of mindfulness.

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk
Partner

Oh, yes. That's a key word here. Our firm obviously creates designs for newly constructed spaces — as do practically all architectural firms, but there is a notion of due respect to existing spaces that I think is the responsibility of any architect. Or at least it should be! This includes considering existing buildings around a proposed new construction site, or in this case, being very considerate of the history of an existing site in relation to any proposed redevelopment.

AR
Architect

And in this case with the Danilovskaya Manufactory?

LK
Partner

We consider this to be a "beautification or reinvigoration project." Before beginning work, Blank Architects had stipulated that it wouldn’t make any serious changes to the historical image of the Danilovskaya Manufactory.

AR
Architect

So you were playing the dual role of conservator and architect.

LK
Partner

Essentially, yes. And we wanted to heighten the effect of the existing architecture.

AR
Architect

Meaning?

LK
Partner

Well we had a desire to emphasize the nobility of the existing architecture. This influenced our choice of neutral colors for the pavement, the simple geometry of which would not distract attention from the austere dark-brick walls of the buildings. This same guiding principle also affected the landscape design with its unkempt, wild grasses, and bushes.

AR
Architect

Well it's an ex-industrial space, so you've sort of emphasized the masculine character of both the place and building.

LK
Partner

Exactly.

AR
Architect

What are other aspects that you consider to be key?

LK
Partner

Well I'd probably say that an integral part of these sort of modern "beautification" projects are elements of street art or public sculpture. Therefore, while clearing the site of debris prior to beginning the project, we came up with the idea of using the eight meter barrels and cast iron columns which, while simultaneously serving as landmarks and art objects, would also remind people of the historical importance of the Danilovskaya Manufactory development.

AR
Architect

And what about that line of granite? It's something that I've been wondering about.

LK
Partner

Ah, well that also serves as a navigation point that permeates the main paving throughout the whole area. You know, in pre-revolutionary times the factory was a major producer of gold thread and so we were also striving to pay homage to that throughout the project.

Team
 

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk
Partner

Magda Cichon
Partner

Alexander Nereviatkin
Architect