AGENCY FOR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT "CENTER"
The territory of the Crystal plant is a space with its own unique architecture of a bygone era, which is mesmerizing. The stamp of time is visible in every house. Get to know this city, feel it, you can only walk directly through its streets, squares, courtyards, sometimes ridiculous alleys, having understood the rhythm of life of its inhabitants. We have developed a winding route on the Crystal, relying on its established topographic and historical logic with minimal interference with the existing architecture of the plant without destroying the existing traditions. The route is a strategy for knowing the territory. The route runs in all three measurements: we raise some areas above ground level, and in some areas we create underground spaces.
Our path begins at the Mendeleev Gate, behind which there is a square with a marble bust of an outstanding chemist. After that, we go down below ground level and get into high multifunctional exhibition space, located within the dimensions of the old
garage. Further, passing a small souvenir shop, we go up to the balcony with stands summer cinema. Next is a cozy courtyard with blue benches. Having rested on the blue benches, we go out to the "Green Square", which the trajectory of our route bends around with dense thickets of tall grass and bushes. Coming out of the Green Square, the road forms a small square with the "Weeping Komsomol member" fountain. Squares and courtyards around the route are deliberately not built up with any "alien" architecture. Only elements of urban landscaping (paving, benches, lanterns, urns). The route ends The Green Railroad, which is illuminated by moving lights and leads us not only to the observation deck overlooking the Yauza, but also to the second entrance to the plant through the Capital Gates to Volochaevskaya Street. The project envisages four new object: bottles – observation towers (former pipes of the plant), underground greenhouse, street cafes on the railway tracks (restaurant cars) and a pedestrian bridge over the Yauzskie sluices.
1 Entrance group
2 Exhibition pavilion
3 Summer cinema
4 Recreation "Blue Benches"
5 Green square
6 Observation tower
8 Green Railway
The entire route consists of a series of sensations:
You approach the Mendeleev monument and remember your school years...
You find yourself in gloomy dark casemates and plunge into darkness...
You climb steep brick pipes and the wind hits you in the face...
You are chatting on cozy benches hidden from prying eyes...
You breathe in deeply the aromas of the steppe herbs and forget that you are in Moscow...
You walk around the fountain and relax in the middle of the journey...
You look with wide eyes at the flickering lights that float away from you towards the river...