“Genius Loci”. Reconstruction of an apartment building.

When working on this project, we found old photos and drawings of a building that used to be on this site. The second-skin glass facade carries this memory, connecting memories of the past and the new life.

Genius loci is the spirit of a place. Historically this was taken quite literally as the term extends from classical Roman religion and the belief that districts of Roman had their own protective spirits. In its modern usage, genius loci is a design or practice that matches the culture, environment, traditions, society and economics of a place.

Authors: Aleksei Goriainov, Misha Krymov.

Architects: Max Shabalkin, Konstantyn Kukhranov, Vitaly Verbitsky, Andrey Zubkov, Ilya Vasilyev, Ekaterina Shchelokova, Maria Fetiskina.

Design: 2014