PROJECT LOCATION: Moscow, Russian Federation
PROJECT TYPE: residential towers and retail/office podium
with the regions inherent extreme climatic swing, the building envelope must offer superior thermal performance and longevity to harsh conditions. the images I have generated here further advance the design of 'Project Crystal', utilizing a rear ventilated rain screen system clad with 13mm FibreC; glass-fiber reinforced concrete panels. The early design of this project as a glass curtain wall proved to be far below our desired performance criteria and has progressed nicely to a more responsible solution. the new design offers large thermally isolated windows punched in a randomized pattern over a field of varying gray FibreC panels, the pattern repeating every 3rd floor. windows are accentuated with an aluminum plate frame and the angled sill detail offers both an effective solution to snow build-up along with the aesthetic gain of increasing the apparent window size; maximizing sky reflection as one moves around the building. another notable feature are the glass-enclosed loggia's that run vertically up the towers. these unconditioned residential spaces transform from a closed sun room in the winter to an open balcony in the warm seasons offering a wide range of use to building occupants.