Blank Architects на форуме "Жилой Квадрат"

Расскажем про комплексное развитие территорий: как качественная инфраструктура малоэтажного ЖК становится инструментом увеличения спроса

Architecton forum 2023

On September 13, a discussion platform will begin its work in St. Petersburg, two discussions will be held with our participation

The buildings' lobby of the residential complex "Metropolia" are completed

In the second stage of the Metropolia business class residential complex, the developer MR Group has completed the interiors of the lobby and public spaces. Blank Architects are the authors of the design projects for the lobby of the Venice, St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Vienna buildings. The interiors designed for the residential complex were shortlisted for the 100+ awards for Best Interior Design.

Visiting VTB Arena

Blank Architects visited the VTB Arena, which includes the central Dynamo stadium. Blank Architects is the authors of project's working documentation. For Blank Architects, this is one of the key projects that the team has been working on for over 5 years.

Multifunctional retail complex Hollywood

The complex has already been acclaimed as the most expectable project in its segment: its opening is scheduled for the next year.

Moscow Urban Forum 2023

Dane Kljakovic, Head of Structural Design Department, Blank Architects will take part in the business program of the forum

The interiors of the residential complex "Metropolia" were shortlisted for the 100+ Awards

The project participates in the nomination "Best interior design - public space"

Blank Architects in the top 30 most successful architectural firms according to Forbes

The ranking "Top 30 most successful architectural bureaus" was prepared by Forbes based on financial data, professional recognition and expert opinion.

Blank Architects project in Tuapse district is nominated for Urban Awards 2023

Blank Architects project in Tuapse district is nominated for Urban Awards 2023

Rizhskaya metro station opened

Metro station Rizhskaya (Bolshaya Koltsevaya Line) was opened

Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow approved the concept of a new club house Sminex-Inteko "Obydensky 1"

Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow approved the concept of a new club house Sminex-Inteko "Obydensky 1"

Discovery Shopping Center becames the best mall on Arendator Awards 2022!

The project won a prestigious commercial real estate award.

Department stores

A department store in a shopping center is a whole world with the architecture based on its own canons.

Building of GEOLOG

Construction of the GEOLOG business center by Hutton Development is in progress on Obrucheva St. in Moscow.

The decoration of the "Rizhskaya" is 80% completed

Works on the architectural decoration of the Rizhskaya metro station in Moscow have been completed by 80%.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blank Architects strengthens the team

We invites chief, leading and landscape architects, and visualizer.

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.

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.

Blank Architects at ArchMoscow

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

Mari — Shopping Center
Program: Retail, Interiors

Mari — Shopping Center

The Interior for the five-story shopping mall, where the main element was an atrium with an enormous skylight above the entrance zone.
The name "MARI" for the mall was chosen by the Client. We followed along with the idea and look at the building as at MARIa – a girl, a lady and a woman - all in one.


"The circle plan became the ornament of the interior design."

Magda Kmita

Conversation —
A non-standard project

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk

This one — the "MARI" Shopping and Entertainment Complex looks to have been a non-standard project. Can you tell me a bit more about it?

Alexandra Razina

Ah yes. Definitely. We were asked to design an interior for the five-story shopping mall, where the main element was an atrium with an enormous skylight above the entrance zone.


Seems more or less standard so far!


Sure, but the unusual aspect was the name for the mall — "MARI," which was chosen by the client. Perhaps the choice of name was just incidental, and yes, connected to the fact that the site was in the suburb of Marino, but we decided to play along with the idea. We decided to view the building as MARIa – a girl, a lady and a woman - all in one.


Well ships are always female, so why not buildings?!


Indeed — why not? The more we thought about it the more it made sense, bearing in mind that Mari could actually have many faces: a mom, an athletic girl, a business woman, and a fun-loving little girl. We decided to dedicate each floor to a different Mari and her varied "moods" or "personas," ranging from the laid back and comfy, to energetic and vibrant.


And how did you achieve this?


Well we created different atmospheres by designing each floor with different floor surfaces, suspended ceilings, columns, furniture, and lighting systems.


A question on a slightly different topic: do you think it's actually possible to create thoughtful architecture for what is essentially a commercial space?


Well.... while this type of project — and indeed many of our commercial projects — are not imbued with deep philosophical intent, I believe that's it's possible to create thoughtful, mindful architecture in any circumstances. If architecture’s original concept can go deeper, it adds meaning to the place it is constructed in. While the average visitor remains blissfully unaware of the architect's intent, it is nevertheless our aim to approach every project — as much as possible — with mindfulness about the use of the space, and where possible — as is the case with this project — to inject some wit and humor into the design process.


Ok, back to the more practical questions: tell me about the circular shape of the whole complex.


Yes, it's a repeated theme: we capitalized on that idea as well and used the circle as the main shape for the interiors. They change in shapes, sizes and colors with each floor. The main atrium is full of colors and circle elements.


And a lot of glass additions.


Yes. The side atriums have glass finishing from the balcony bottoms and to the pictograms on the glass walls. There are glass art pieces mixed in with lighting elements hanging in the center. In the last atrium at the back side of the building, where we can see the river front, we have added a hanging, light fixture sculpture. We used light, bright colors in the mall and added colors as accents to the furniture, the details of the wall-hangings.


And quite a mix of materials, which is something unusual in a shopping center.


And quite a mix of materials, which is something unusual in a shopping centre.


Yes definitely. There's a real mix of colors, and materials: tile, metal, wood, graphics, and furniture on the third floor in the food court area. In the middle, we designed wooden 3D trees that branch out above different seating areas. Lighting elements add brightness to the area where the skylights are missing. We placed simple but different-styled seating on a very colorfully designed floor. To make it cozier we added natural greenery.


And a lot of natural light, I see.


Absolutely. Thankfully the days of those "casino-like" shopping malls where you can't work out what time of day it is after you get inside are coming to an end in Russia, and clients themselves understand that spaces that are entirely artificially lit don't create a positive, welcoming atmosphere. At the end of the day our clients for these types of projects are interested in offering a pleasant experience for visitors and guests — especially in a place like this that is not merely a shopping center, but a complex that contains office space, and areas for sport and entertainment. It's essentially a hub of activity, and as such, needs to engage and attract people who are likely to spend considerable time there. And that part of the job is something that we can assist with!


Lukasz Kaczmarczyk

Magda Cichon

Magda Kmita

Piotr Fafara

Agata Stebel
Lead Architect