Prior to renovation by Dream Industries, this room has been abandoned in a derelict state for several years. The architects faced a problem of restoration of the space, rather than renovation. There were no walls inside, only few columns located between giant windows and grouped in two rows in the center of the room.
In more than eighty years, the windows fell into disrepair, their wooden frames were covered with several layers of paint and were plastered with paper. Restorers were requested to clear one of the windows. Wooden frames from red-yellow larch with splendid metal latches and angles appeared. All the 35 windows were then restored in a similar way.
Brick piers, concrete columns, ceiling with traces of rough wooden casing from 1920s, and 80-years-old wooden frames speak eloquently for themselves making reference to the building’s history. All that the authors had to do is just not to spoil anything.
The room was divided into several parts. The first part adjacent to the entrance is a space for educational seminars, conferences, presentations, hackathons and other public activity. A sound-absorbent tissue coulisse was added to improve the acoustics of the hall, which is able to host up to 500 people.
Next to it, Kiosk is located, a simple construction from glass and metal. Its one part is a mini-café whose open window appears in the hall. The other side represents a transparent meeting room with a separate entrance.
The final area is reserved for a co-working zone with 100 desks on 500 sq meters, separated from the other areas by a glass partition. Flexibility of the space has become a key advantage brought by the new design of the room. That is why most part of the interior elements have wheels and consist of detachable modules. Depending on the needs of teams, the co-working can transform and take forms necessary for fruitful cooperation.
DI_Telegraph, Moscow, Russia
Program : office renovation
Architects : Archiproba
Architects in charge : Tamara Muradova, Askar Ramazanov
Area : 1,400 sqm
Completion : 2014