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—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.

—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.

—18.10.2021
19 years of responsible architecture!

Today Blank Architects celebrates 19 years of working.

—29.09.2021
Magda Cichon, founding partner of Blank Architects - about coworking spaces in the Russian regions

The founding partner of Blank Architects, Magda Ciсhon, in a special comment for the Vedomosti.Nedvizhimost told about the features of the organization of flexible coworking in the regions.

—08.09.2021
We are hiring: Business Development Manager for Poland

Blank Architects bureau is looking for Business Development Manager in Poland!

—06.09.2021
Apartments with Blank Architects design concept in Seliger City – now available for purchasing

In the residential complex Seliger City by MR Group are now available for purchasing the apartments with design by Blank Architects. The lots are presented in the Kandinsky building as part of the third stage of the complex.

—30.08.2021
The city can effectively accommodate "clean" manufacturing

The founding partner of Blank Architects Magda Cichon's shared the opinion about the possibility of creating new production centers on the basis of existing buildings of plants and factories for the Izvestia newspaper.

—17.12.2020
"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.

—22.07.2021
New article for Vedomosti

Why the architecture of resort hotels and complexes requires special skills and an outstanding approach?

—20.07.2021
Work on progress - Seliger city

Work on progress: have a look at the lobbies in "Seliger City" residential complex by MR Group.

—05.07.2021
Blank Architects on RBC

Why the ban on multi-storey construction in the resort area of Sochi is a necessary measure, and how this practice is implemented in European countries on the coasts - read the opinion of the founding partner of Blank Architects Magda Cichon on RBC

—16.06.2021
New interview with Magda Cichon

How should look a shopping center that would be interesting for a young audience.

—01.06.2021
An interview with Yulia Zavarayeva

An interview with Yulia Zavarayeva, Head of the Branding and Wayfinding Department at Blank Architects, - about the department's new projects and tasks

—12.07.2021
Magda Kmita on Mapic

What path of changes and transformations have shopping malls gone through since 2020, and what changes have yet to happen? Blank Architects' partner Magda Kmita in her speech at MAPIC Russia talked about how shopping centers have changed in the post-covid era.

—26.05.2021
Magda Kmita, Blank Architects - about the architect's work and new projects for Moskvich Mag

Magda Kmita, partner at Blank Architects, told Moskvich Mag media about her own path in architecture, the architect's work around the world, and about the city's landmark projects created by Blank Architects.

—18.05.2021
The brand in real estate

"The brand, or the design code in real estate is certainly important, because it also gives an idea of ​​what kind of audience the project is intended for and what its inhabitants will be," - Blank Architects partner Magda Kmita told RBC.

—17.05.2021
Developing a furniture brand in Russia: Blank Architects’ experience

While working on public spaces design in Russia and Europe, we faced a shortage of object design objects that would be functional and aesthetic.


New branding and wayfinding department

Blank Architects has created a branding and wayfinding department. The new direction implements projects in the creation and renovation of brands in real estate, and is also responsible for the development of signage indoor and outdoor.

—21.04.2021
Blank Architects designed a community center with the park in Kazan

Blank Architects has created a concept and a draft design of a community center with a landscape park as part of the «ART City» residential complex in Kazan.

—12.04.2021
Architecture of a country houses

The comfortable architecture of a country houses is based primarily on the contact with nature: it is important that a person, having traveled a long way from the city, does not get to another "city", but finds himself in a natural environment.

—01.04.2021
Transformation of the offices

"The office for the employee becomes a place where he wants to go, not just needs to be." Magda Kmita, partner at Blank Architects, told CRE magazine about the changes taking place in modern offices, where work is now not a necessity, but an opportunity.

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Name
Location
Program
Status
Scale
Maxi Mall — Shopping center
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
Program: Retail
Status: Ongoing
Scale: 50 000-100 000 sqm

—16.01.2019
Maxi Mall — Shopping center

The object is located between the city center and the KShT district; Developing areas are located south within walking distance. The mall becomes a driver for the development of a new district, located between two disparate parts of the city.

Concept — Flowing architecture

GBA 24 912 sq.m. /
GLA 16 605 sq.m

Flow
Dynamic

The geometry of the shopping center is formed by analogy with the smooth lines created by the flows of the Irtysh River the main river of the city. The volume has no angles both inside and outside. Volume composition responds to mall tasks. It attract the target audience is divided into two categories: families who come intentionally, turning off Satpayev Avenue for open parking, as well as people living in new houses in the adjacent residential area. This is reflected in the structure of the building in this way: the composition of the volume is formed in such a way that the building can be seen from afar from the avenue. The front and corners of the facade are dominant; the facade is turned inside the volume at the entrance.

Idea — Magnetic field

2 floors
outside parking

Connection
Magnetic field

The entrances to the shopping center are magnets that attract visitors. Therefore, the motif of the facade design and landscaping resembles the lines of a magnetic field. They are located by analogy with metal chips attracted by magnets. In this case, the points of attraction are the entrances to the building. Based on this concept, three-dimensional metal panels are used in the decoration of the facade. This spectacular pattern reveals itself differently when moving along the facade.

Exterior — Creates friendly atmosphere

Land area 128 983 sq.m.
Building area – 66 800 sq.m.

Dynamic
Friendly atmosphere

The dynamic shell of the building works not only over long distances. At a closer distance, the mall is also friendly to the visitor. In this place there is an amphitheater, cafe windows, open terraces appear.
In landscaping, places for recreation and entertainment are organized. They are in accordance with the main axes of the direction of movement and at the main entrances. One of them is a dry fountain in the square at one of the main entrances. On the side that is closer to the residential areas, there is an amphitheater where you can sit, drink coffee and relax.
Shop windows and terraces show life flowing inside the building. This attracts the attention of people passing by.

Volume — Integrity inside and out

outside parking

fluidity
inside-out

The exterior flows smoothly into the interior by turning the facade lines into the entrance portal. Galleries also continue streamlines already in the interior. Light lamps create smoothness, fluidity and softness of space.

Team
 

Lukasz Kaczmarczyk
Partner

Natalia Volkova
Architect

Kristina Khatlamadzhiyan
Architect

Stanislav Krasnoperov
Architect

Ekaterina Sapina
Junior architect

Victoria Matruk
architect