Pharmaceutical HQ by Architects of Invention

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zg/zgocbyo83sx4082y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zg/zgocbyo83sx4082y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zg/zgocbyo83sx4082y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zg/zgocbyo83sx4082y.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" />The building is located on a very tight site, surrounded by residential blocks, a music school and nursery in Moscow&rsquo;s historic city centre, off Arbat Street, the main, pedestrianised shopping street which runs for almost one kilometre through the city. 
  AI’s work involved the complete demolition of an existing 4-storey office block, replacing it with a new 7-storey office building with a single level underground car park and public space at the base of the building.   The site boundary defined the shape of the building in plan, suggesting two rectilinear volumes - that are merged with an angular rotation and served by a common lift - as the most practical use of the space. The façade responds to and emphasises the meeting point of the two blocks with an altered, diagonal rhythm of the Jura marble fins that cover the building.  The window panels are recessed from fins by 40cm to give privacy and deflect solar glare.   The different heights of the buildings’ vol...

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