In the Obydensky No. 1 club house, dismantling work has been completed with preserving the historical part

The developer Sminex-Inteko has completed the required amount of dismantling work and is strengthening the foundations for new construction.

Fashion department store Hi-Light opened in Ekaterinburg

Blank Architects completed the interior of a new fashionable place

Blank Architects on the real estate forum "Zhiloy Kvadrat"

Integrated development of territories: how high-quality infrastructure of low-rise residential complexes becomes a tool for increasing demand

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.

Preston Youth Center — Competition
Program: Landscape, Interiors

Preston Youth Center — Competition

Blank Architects participated in an international competition, organized by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in 2015. The competition was to redevelop the existing bus station, which had been designed by BDP architects in 1969 and gave Preston a unique place in coach travel due to its proximity to Britain’s first motorway.

Our task is to design a new brand; a “Youth Center” that will serve as a state-of-the-art facility for the young people of Preston. The County Council was keen to explore the opportunities this development presented to improve the connectivity from the Bus Station through to the wider Preston City Center. This will offer the people of Preston a new attractive civic space and pedestrian route for further development within this part of the City Center.


"The recreation area, which is the heart of the Youth Center, will be consciously located in the Bus Station Building.

The Brutalism architecture that was once threatened by demolition has now been given a new heart."

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk
Partner, Senior Architect at Blank Architects

Conversation —
About the New and the Old

1.Entrance lobby 2.Meeting room 3.Open recreation &association area 4.Kitchen and servery 5.Sports hall 6.Climbing wall 7.Fitness suite 8.Boxing /martial art gym 9.Performing arts studio 10.Music room 11.Film and mulit-media room 12.Changing facilities 13.Group work room 14.Enterprise zone 15.Restroom 16.Inclusion room 17.Art, craft & fashion room 18.Health, bueaty and wellbeing activity room 19.Board/training room 20.General menager’s room 21.IT server room 22.General office 23.Two staff meeting rooms 24.Staff room 25.Kick pitch 26.Skate park area 27.External recreation 28.Sports stores 29.Locker rooms
Szymon Matkowski

Let’s discuss the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) competition for a Youth Center in Preston.

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk

Sure. First of all, let’s discuss the area in and around the station. The western apron of the Preston Bus Station is divided into three equal parts that make up the bus station controlling grids, while the new Youth Center building will take up the northern third and the last two-thirds that make up the public square. The new main entrance to the Preston Bus Station will be situated exactly opposite the entrance to the St. John’s Shopping Center passage, connecting it further to the Markets Quarter. The public square was likewise divided but into two equal parts by a direct passage that leads from the St. John’s passage to the Bus Station’s Main Entrance. Also two shortcuts run from Lord Street and Old Vicarage Street diagonally through the squares to the Main Entrance. These are fast pedestrian lanes for late passengers.
The rest of the space will have to be significantly altered. Two corners of the squares will be uplifted slightly creating the curved planes of the square. The square is not overdesigned with details and leaves space for both spontaneous and organized events like an open-air cinema, art exhibition or beach volleyball contest.


What changes will you make to the exterior of the bus station?


The Bus Station Concourse glazing will become more transparent to connect the exterior and interior as much as possible, parts of the facades will open in the summer time, allowing the building to become part of the square. New lighting and mezzanine glass cladding will be arranged according to the plan. Only the new furniture will not follow the grid, they will be located playfully throughout the space. Also they are the spark of a functional change in this part of the Concourse: lounge chairs for comfortable sitting and waiting, a foosball table for killing time, chairs and tables in front of the cafeteria.


The Youth Center building seems to be very compact and simple.


Yes, efficiency, clear rules, and transparency will be the main design drivers. The recreation area, which is the heart of the Youth Center, will be consciously located in the Bus Station Building. The Brutalist architecture that was once threatened by demolition has now been given a new heart. The zone is full of diverse activities and attracts the attention of travelers, making the bus station a cheerful place, but also highlights the fact that we need a place to exist, that we are creative and co-operative, and forward thinking.


And the building will be fully transparent?


That’s right you can see from one end to the other, and all of the activities layer one another. But it also gives you privacy when you need it - you simply press a button and make the glass partition opaque. And that’s how the building will look from the outside. It looks like a new white iPhone, with its sharp curved edge when it is split into the old Preston Bus Station, and its glass facades transparent, translucent or opaque, depending on the mood its inhabitants are in.


Lukasz Kaczmarczyk

Magda Kmita