MARKHI (Moscow Institute of Architecture, State academy)
The main theme of this project is designing a fundamentally different type of recreational center typology - wellness-center. The goal of the project is to try to design such kind of building that will heal its guests through the medium of architecture. Another goal is to
design a type of space, that will include identity of the
site and identity with the emphasis on the particular subject. During the research and design process various types of data were gathered including historical information about buildings of modern and ancient cultures and civilizations, that were made to heal. Geometry of the building is defined by the philosophic concept of dualness. It is devided into two parts by submerging one of it’s halves under ground. These two zones contain two distinct types of spatial functions - active (above the ground) and passive (under the ground). Function-wise wellness center is divided into four main zones: healing zone, educational zone, hotel zone, sports zone. These four zones are composed with four main aspects of wellbeing in mind: physical, spiritual, mental and social. Planning is simple and symmetric. Main archetypes and prototypes of the project are ancient roman and japanese healthcare
buildings. Both: Exterior and interior are supposed to be simplistic, with very few cultural references, are done in such a way with a purpose to focus customer’s attention on nature. Welness-center is situated on site with an almost demolished former soviet hotel building - and with that the project articulates historic memory of the place. I believe it is very important to build such kind of healthcare architecture due to high level of pressure and stress that citizens of such major cities as Moscow are experiencing.