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For a 350,000 m2 mixed-use complex on a triangular plot on the Moscow River, we decided to follow the lay of the land, as it were, and stick to one geometric form: the triangle. We then separated office, residential, retail and hotel functions into a series of sliced and stacked triangular blocks. Rotating the stacked blocks allowed for an abundance of outdoor spaces, great views, and a lively relationship with the surrounding environment.

Moscow City

ST Towers Development

Building surface
350.000 m2

Mixed Use

The eternal triangle

Confronted with a triangular site, an architect will generally try to impose a rectangle on it – resulting in the kind of monolithic high-rise blocks familiar in urban centres all over the world. For M-City, we decided to explore a different approach, by using exclusively triangular forms to create a complex of three stacked towers on a podium. The result is a lighter, less monolithic, more striking and more playful.

A playful design with a strong profile in the urban landscape

A solid base

A single podium nine storeys high grounds our design. It is also triangular in form. On top of it, we placed three 23-storey blocks, two of which are offices, and one residential. Balancing atop these three blocks are two more, each 19 storeys high and both housing apartment units. We allocated the hotel and retail components of M-City to the podium, where we also placed the parking garage. Separating the functions into distinct blocks creates a clarity of organisation often missing in mixed-use projects.

The human scale

Our design combines high density with transparency. The five towers are stacked and twisted to optimise the views and daylight in every office and apartment. The rooftops of the plinth and the middle towers are accessible as gardens. The different volumes in the design show a variation in architectural language that, together with the various gardens and loggias, add a human scale to the complex, in spite of its lofty size.

Rotating the triangular blocks creates a sequence of intriguing angles

Angles and voids

Our stacked building achieves a feeling of lightness thanks to the presence of its voids, which maximise views and create spaces for gardens, and its transparency. Rotating the triangular blocks creates a sequence of intriguing angles that contributes to M-City’s pronounced sculptural quality.

A public face

On the ground floor, our transparent podium is a welcoming destination for visitors with its covered atrium with winter garden and hotel lobbies and bars. Our building’s playful design gives it a strong profile in the urban landscape, while its varying heights correspond to different aspects of the built environment around it and help to integrate it into its setting.

Project credits

  • Project title
  • M-City
  • Solutions
  • Mixed Use
  • Expertise
  • Architecture
  • Status
  • Concept
  • Building surface
  • 350.000 m2
  • Country
  • Russia
  • City
  • Moscow City
  • Start project
  • 2012
  • Partners
  • Reserve Architecture Engineering Design
  • Client
  • ST Towers Development

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