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Yulia Kuznetsova

ID: 1084

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This project offers renovation of a 19th century-build standard design water tower in Moscow(Russia), it's located in 50 meters from the Derbenevskaya railway station in the central part of the city and belongs to the cultural heritage of Moscow. More than 80 water towers of the same project were built on the railways through the country. Inspite it is a typical example of industrial brick architecture the tower has it’s own resistant spirit, but even this couldn’t prevent current depressing state and now the tower is just staying abandoned. It has a very attractive location: proximity to the railway station, the last one between Domodedovo airport and Paveletsky railway terminal, 320 meters from the Moscow river embankment and the junction of the residential area and the recently presented business loft quarter. All this forms a very perspective and consistent strategy of renovation.

Key ideas:
- social function demanded as a new attractor
- Moscow is full of restaurants, but in this area there are no interesting places where to take meal, at the same time building and introduction of new commercial and residential areas nearby increased human flow, thus inordinar concept should attract not only local citizens.

Concept:
-On the one hand, it is a lighthouse (visual landmark) in front of the entrance to the city center from the region and from the airport
- in the project of renovation, I wanted to use a feature of a tower as an architectural structure, and additionally take in mind that it was a water tower that provided for the circulation and storage of water
- renovation is a part of buildings lifecycle. Cyclicity implies some cycle, rotation. Thus, the concept is being formed: spirals and transformation of a function without changing its essence. In this project, water circulation is replaced by food circulation. Supposed to use the principle of restaurants where dishes are not ordered according to the menu, but travel along a conveyor belt, and the guest takes the dish he likes. During a low occupancy of the restaurant, there might be a choice from the menu, with the same delivery method. In the basement of the tower a new volume for kitchen is formed, from which ready meals are sent along a spiral conveyor that runs through the entire tower to the top glazed level. In some places, this conveyor belt protrudes beyond the outer shell of the tower (behind a glass showcase) to attract the attention of passers-by, and then returns to the interior of the restaurant to serve dishes and form an interactive interior. There is a ramp around the kitchen to allow watching the magic of cooking through the glass walls.
-This architectural technique with a spiral conveyor running through the entire tower can be used not only for placing a restaurant. It’s also suitable for any typical-project tower to place store or exhibition complex, where the exposition will move along the conveyor, addressing either the viewer inside the tower or a random passer-by outside.

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