Zaha Hadid, one of the most renowned and talked-about living architects, is finally realizing a project in Russia. When it is delivered later this year, it stands a very good chance of becoming the biggest event on the Russian architectural scene in 2008. It will also one of the most long-awaited, since although this is by no means the first project that Hadid has designed for Russia, it is likely to be the first to be completed.
Gribanovo, a “super deluxe” gated housing development along the elite Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse, is promising a 104-hectare, 18-hole championship golf course created by the Arnold Palmer’s design firm to lure potential buyers.
Laying the groundwork for the move to Moscow, Angela Baxter had two hours to look at three apartments, and then she had to fly back home. “All of the landlords said their wives had decorated the places, and I wondered if they had all married the same woman,” Baxter said during a seminar hosted by the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce called “Survival Guide for Expats in Russia 2008.”
Today the architecture of suburban residential complexes is just as important a feature of the project as any of its other characteristics, as it is an important selling point,” said Vladimir Yakhontov, deputy general director of Miel Real Estate. This is why developers are increasingly bringing in architects in the media spotlight. After all, a famous name is publicity in itself, and developers sometimes lack fresh ideas. Renowned architectural firms can provide new standards of quality and more comfortable interior layouts for the houses themselves, as well as better on-site facilities. These settlements also look a cut above run-of-the-mill suburban cottage settlements.