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Architects of Invention to bring new life to historic Moscow building

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London-based Architects of Invention is to refurbish a historic 1920s Moscow building.

The practice, which also has an office in the Russian capital, will transform the disused 1928-built Telecom Building on Bakuninskaya Street.

The four-storey Industrial Constructivism structure is T-shaped in plan and has the word ‘телефон’ (telephone) on its façade. It has been disused since the onset of digital telecoms equipment last decade.

Architects of Invention will create an apart-hotel – rented apartments serviced like a hotel – with retail and dining facilities.

The scheme will retain the building’s main façade and restore its original aesthetic with a light grey plaster render. Windows, doors and metal fixtures will be painted dark grey aluminium.

The rear of the building will be reconfigured to provide two large lobby areas at ground floor level, accessed via a double-height entrance at the back.

A triangular, cantilevered aluminium and glass façade will hover above the historic building. The two areas will be connected by a sky-garden.

The Telecom building on Bakuninskaya Street in Moscow

The Telecom building on Bakuninskaya Street in Moscow

The Telecom building on Bakuninskaya Street in Moscow

Project data

Location 5 Bakuninskaya Street, Moscow
Gross internal area 15,000 m²
Construction cost $42,750,000 (£31 million)
Client Vesta Development
Storeys 12
Structure Steel/concrete
Finishes Exterior Upper volume: aluminium panels, glass. Lower volume: stucco
Programme Apart-hotel, reception, retail, car park, public space
Interior (common areas) Architects of Invention
Consultant KB Konstrucktor (structure and M&E)

Architects of Invention's Bakuninskaya Street scheme in Moscow

Architects of Invention’s Bakuninskaya Street scheme in Moscow

Architects of Invention’s Bakuninskaya Street scheme in Moscow

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