Inspired by its neighbouring constructivist buildings, RED7 (which was previously known as The Silhouette) will act as a symbolic gateway into the city centre of Moscow. With its corner plot and height of 78 metres, the building’s apartments will receive remarkable views of Moscow’s skyline; over 60% of the apartments have commanding views over the city, and over 20% make the most of their position with external terraces.
The 289 apartments range from 27 to 253 square meters in size, and also benefit from the building’s variety of facilities—including a two-floor fitness centre with a swimming pool, a sky lounge with a large outside terrace, children’s play room, co-working space, rentable party space, a cinema, a shopping area, a supermarket, and parking for up to 284 cars.
The building’s exterior will be finished in specially customized red bricks, a reference to the constructivist heritage nearby which also emphasises the project’s warm and welcoming nature. Inside, the interiors will be completed by a variety of interior designers, including two Dutch offices, Sabine Marcelis and i29 interior architects, and a Russian office, Oleg Klodt.
MVRDV won the competition to design RED7 for client GK Osnova in December 2017 and the project was accepted by the architectural committee of Moscow in the summer of 2018. Construction on the building will begin at the end of this month, with completion planned for 2022.
RED7 is a 52,000m2 complex that will consist of luxury apartments, a sports centre, flexible workspaces, an event space and a sky deck. The top floors accommodate apartments in a variety of configurations and sizes with the largest located on the corners providing panoramic views in every direction. Underground programs include a supermarket and both commercial and residential parking. A modular system allows for diversifying the building’s shape and interior typologies whilst at the same time, this provides both compact and spacious apartments. The volume of the building is sculpted and diversified to create distinctive entrances and a sloping roofscape that strengthens the views of the city. Sculptural cuts on the top and bottom of the facade are carved out according to the function that needs to take place, or certain quality that needs to be provided within the space inside.
The elevation pattern is manipulated by various window sizes that respond to their position within the façade. The red ceramic façade features a subtle gradient of window sizes in dialogue to the buildings overall massing. The distinct red-colour of the façade not only refers to the neighbouring constructivist building but also affirms its character as a warm and welcoming place to live.
Location: Moscow, Russian Federation
Client: GK Osnova
Program: 52,000m2 mixed-used with 28,320m2 residential, 8,230m2 commercial, 1,375m2 shared facilities and 13,310m2 underground parking
Principal in charge: Jacob van Rijs
Partner: Frans de Witte
Design Team: Fedor Bron and Mick van Gemert with Elija Kozak, Daniele Zonta, Fouad Addou and Iker Perez
Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco, Davide Calabro, Pavlos Ventouris and Tomaso Maschietti
Copyright: MVRDV 2018 – (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries)
Competition phase: Management Coordination: Interstroy – Aleksey Polischuk, Ekaterina Abramovich, Arseniy Zubuga, Svetlana Babloeva and Igor Belyaev
Images: © MVRDV