During the long, hot days of summer living in a suburban property seems like a really attractive proposition. Thanks to the absence of a realty market during the Soviet era, Moscow was spared the low-rise suburban sprawl that blights so many large cities in Europe and America. For the most part, the city’s administrative, or MKAD, and the high-rise apartment blocks stop right there. This means that it’s possible to find properties within easy enough reach of the city to make commuting realistic, but with enough greenery and fresh air to feel that you could well be much further out in the countryside.
It may seem like something out of the Hanna and Barbera sci-fi cartoon “The Jetsons,” but Moscow looks set to become only the second city in the world after Dubai to boast a fully revolving skyscraper after leading developer Mirax bought construction rights to the project.
This issue’s Architect’s Corner features the next in a series of several projects destined to be built at the Pirogovo resort to the north of Moscow and on display at the Arabesques exhibition that has been running there since June. In the May and July issues we looked at Alexander Brodsky’s ‘House by the Fifth Bunker’ and Akhitekturnaya Studiya A-B’s ‘Rocket House’ respectively.