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What can the Future hold for an Abandoned Brewery?

Alena Zhukova adds character and life to an abandoned industrial complex in MOscow, Russia.

My name is Alena Zhukova, i'm 22 years old, my hometown is Moscow, Russia and I'm a recent graduate from MArchI.

There are many abandoned buildings and territories in Russia. Time ago lots of them were large industrial facilities. Nowadays regeneration of industrial territories in the big cities are massively using mostly because of scarcity of free lands, but in smaller towns heritage buildings are destroying due to lack of attention to them. Participation in this competition is an opportunity for me to pay attention to this situation.

Territory of the former Bohemia brewery is one of these objects. Manufacture is situating in one of the oldest brewery center in eastern Europe, brewery was damaged during the WW2 and than fell into decay after breakup of the USSR. Today this space is a large empty spot in historical fabric of the city. When I worked on this project one of the essential things for me was a historical context, that why I did not completely change functional content: i was trying to save brewing identity. That how I got an idea about integration manufacturing process to the current city life. Complex also should be a link between sacral architecture of 12 — 15 century and modernist theatre, to make the embankment more attractive for locals and tourists. In the design solution I tried to use local cultural features, for example fishery. There are many water resources near Novgorod, that why fishery are one of the important part to citizens for a long time. This feature were reflected in additional materials and arch forms, which associate with fish scales. So structure should harmoniously unite historical and modern buildings, and become a community center for tourists and citizens and complete unique view of the city.

Unfortunately, many heritage buildings are destroying due to lack of finance, and interest of its preservation arise when the city completely running out of free space. My project should illustrate one of the many solutions about reorganization of abandoned territories and its transformation into modern and demanded spaces, that improves urban qualities.

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