‘Sadovye Kvartaly’, the new Garden Quarters area covering some 14 hectares, enjoys an abundance of greenery and a strong industrial architecture heritage. One preserved historic building was taken as the basis for an approach to materiality across the development. It combined light-coloured stone and traditional red brick with copper roofing and other details. These three contextual materials were chosen for the facades of the new residential buildings – ranging from 4 to 16 floors – forming several quads around a central pond with recreation area.
Combinations of the three main materials provide a wide range of visual possibilities, generating a fully-fledged urban ensemble. Buildings with facades of the same materials form successive chains or diagonal pairs, which create a compositional unity for the whole complex. And copper plays a key role in this symphony. On our projects, two forms of copper were used: brown pre-oxidised on Quarter 3 and blue/green pre-patinated on Quarter 4.
These living copper facades will continue to develop for many years. Copper’s ability to advance in age beautifully is one of its most important properties for architecture. Stone and brick will not change, and it is only thanks to copper that the buildings’ appearance will continue to transform, adding one more variable to architectural composition – time. And an unexpected duet of copper and the trees between buildings is also in play, gradually altering the scale and character of the architectural ensemble towards real ‘Garden Quarters’.