Web survey shows strong approval by Muscovites of Bolshevik renovation

May 18, 2017. A survey among users of the Active Citizen web portal (ag.mos.ru) showed massive approval for the renovation work carried out by O1 Properties at the former Bolshevik confectionary factory in Moscow. Of the 226,285 people who voted, 55% acclaimed the renovation and conversion into a business and cultural center as “excellent" and 34% rated it as "good".

Bolshevik is located on Leningradsky avenue in north-central Moscow. The original factory was built in the late 19th century to a design by the French architect Oscar Didio. Three of its main buildings are listed as cultural heritage sites. Confectionery production was relocated away from site in 2011 and work began on renovation and adaptation for modern use, led by the British architects John McAslan + Partners. The first stage of the renovation project was completed in 2016.

The design idea is based on movement through different epochs as the visitor passes across the site from Leningradsky Avenue towards Skakovaya Street. The historic factory buildings facing Leningradsky Avenue, which have kept their original appearance, lead to a glass atrium, symbolizing the unification of history and modern functional space, finally bringing the visitor to the new Museum of Russian Impressionism, where highly distinctive architecture symbolizes openness to all that is new and forward-looking.

The Bolshevik complex now comprises a class-A business center, the Museum of Russian Impressionism and a leisure zone consisting of a closed section (an atrium for year-round use with restaurants and cafés) and an open area with landscaped and recreation areas. Residential apartments will be located in the three historic buildings. The Bolshevik site is open to the general public.

More about the vote on ag.mos.ru.

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