Studio visit: Alexander Brodsky

Informal organisation and a cross-territorial combination of elements characterise the studio of the Russian architect in Moskow.

Originally published in Domus 1028, October 2018

I feel at home here. I mean in your home, surrounded by elements that belong more to a domestic environment than the standard office. What’s your idea of workspace?

Here we have no protocol. Collaborators are free to come and go as they please, so there’s no daily routine or schedule. Of course we take it for granted that projects must be delivered – this is our ultimate intention – but we want to maintain an informal office organisation. Maybe for this reason our space has become a combination of cross-territorial elements from PC desks to the fireplace, bar counter, printing area, living room, kitchen and so on. We work in an ex-warehouse that we completely restored with our own hands, making it flexible enough to be transformed into a model workshop, art gallery or party venue. I guess it’s a continuation of the attitude started years ago when my studio was located in the Moscow Museum for Architecture. Back then the director gave us a room and we stayed there for 12 years as a sort of experimental unit or guest parasite. Visitors were intrigued by our weird presence and this is actually how I made many international contacts. The sole condition imposed by the director was to be always available to welcome museum museum-goers at any time. We were part of the museum’s life.

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