The site has an extraordinary history and includes a theatre, built by the actor Konstantin Stanislavsky, son of the original owner, and famed as the inventor of the Method acting system. This theatre is celebrated for hosting the first performance of Chekhov’s ‘Cherry Orchard’ and has been refurbished to become a new focal point of cultural activity in Moscow.
The redevelopment of this site has, from the outset, been considered as both an architectural and urban landscape scheme. The project’s fully integrated landscaping – also designed by the practice – seamlessly links the constituent elements, unifying the development as a whole. By physically and visually integrating the landscape with the architectural elements, the practice has created a socially permeable site – a new
new concept in Moscow, where the majority of developments are gated.
The landscape design provides a coherent context linking 13 buildings of varying age, material, style, and orientation. Bands of planting and paving provide a continuous and vibrant rhythm across the site.
The design creates a series of interlinked public and semi-private open space comprising squares, gardens and routes, as well as peaceful oases with seating areas, pergolas, benches and places for relaxation. Two enclosed courtyards feature timber decking and birch and cherry trees, the latter referencing the first performance of Chekhov’s ‘Cherry Orchard’ in the Stanislavsky Theatre.
Trees of different heights and colours define routes, helping to define a sense of place, softening the built environment and contributing to physical, cultural and spiritual well being. Diverse planting beds arranged at different heights include low level evergreen groundcover, herbaceous species, perennials and grasses, offerings year round interest.
Winner, European Property Awards 2013, International Property Award, Stanislavsky Factory
Winner, Civic Trust Awards 2012, Stanislavsky Factory
Winner, RIBA International Awards 2011, Stanislavsky Factory
Highly Commended, Landscape Institute Awards 2011, Design 1 to 5 ha, Stanislavsky Factory