'Kvartal Khudozhnikov' got its name (Quarter of Artists) because of its location in the quarter of Shchorsa – Serova – Ayvazovskogo streets. The residential complex includes buildings with varied number of storeys ranging from 10 to 23. The compositional focus is on an altitudinal volume facing the intersection of Shchorsa and Ayvazovskogo, which is highly visible in the city skyline.
A big parking space is provided in front of the building, for nonresidential facilities taking up the ground floor. The area where the complex was built has long been undeveloped. It is a kind of a front façade for the south-central area, with a public function formed along Shchorsa street through active use of the nonresidential ground floor spaces, thus, creating a human-scale urban environment. Altitudinal volume facing the intersection of Shchorsa and ayvazovskogo streets is the compositional focus. Residential sections form a rectangular shape, so that one of the two long sides of the rectangle remains open. Such arrangement of residential sections provides regulatory insolation periods for the surrounding buildings.
We set out to create an interesting and modern architectural project, which would stand out from the mass of uninspired economy class buildings. The location of the residential complex close to the city centre and its altitude required a thorough search for a city-planning solution. Careful attention had to be paid to the architectural image of the building. Especially important to us was developing an expressive, active and attention-grabbing dimensional composition.
Creative architectural solution for the facades is supported by an active volume composition combining two architectural devices: the horizontal direction of the composition is revealed through a four-colour matrix of the metal façade, while the vertical direction is defined by enlarged façade divisions with three-storey blocks of glass curtain walls. This way made it possible to avoid utilitarian monotony of the façade fabric.