Niko Architects is a Moscow-based firm that has worked on residential interiors and public design projects in the city. Organic forms and landscape integration are some recurring features that can be seen in their built forms. Led by Stanislav Nikolaev, the office has worked on client and user experience since 2016.
Stanislav Nikolaev has a work experience of 15 years, some of which he has spent in a renowned firm – UNK Project, where he was part of the Luzhniki Swimming Pool reconstruction.
Below is the list of 11 Projects by Niko Architects:
1. House in the Landscape, Chekhov District, Moscow Region
As the name suggests, the house is quite literally within the landscape. Grey concrete walls of the building and the green courtyard starkly contrast one another. Hidden from outside views, this courtyard is a private space visible only to the residents of the house through the glass openings on the walls.
The requirements of daylight and ventilation in the house are fulfilled by circular skylights that are positioned according to the movement of the sun. Interior spaces have been designed using the concept of a combined living and working space. The movement patterns of these spaces are also inspired by Japanese culture. Wood is added in strategic places to break the monotony of white and grey tones.
2. Summer Pavilion, Istra Riviera Settlement, Moscow Region
The two-story pavilion is built using an intrinsic metal structure and horizontal slabs of wood. Glass is used to maintain a visual connection while acting as a barrier from the outside surroundings. The second floor is open to the sky and is more of a terrace. Openings have been made in the ceiling to allow the existing trees to remain undisturbed. Similarly, the existing boulders are partially in the area of the gazebo. Such a simple design has been used to allow the user to experience the natural ambiance within the comfort of a modern building.
3. Entrance Group ‘Dutch Quarter’, Ivanteevka, Moscow Region
Dutch Quarter is a residential area built with a minimalistic approach and precise arrangement patterns. Each building block has emphasized verticality and ribbon windows are used on their elevation.
In contrast, the administrative housing complex is constructed horizontally with emphasized linearity. Metal and concrete are used to build the structure, and perforated aluminum panels are used for patterns on the façade. These tulip-shaped patterns are the only decorative elements used. White and grey tones of the building subtly highlight the modernism elements used on the frontage. Metal framed glass openings are some of them.
4. Villa Monaco, Monaco
The coast of Monaco is lined by buildings that have a Mediterranean culture reflected in them, built-in locally sourced stone. The villa built by the firm, while made majorly in the materials that are usually used by the firm, is similarly covered by a stone and stucco-clad façade to conform to the existing architecture. Ornamentation and curvilinear features are used for the same reason. With its mild colors and muted detail-work, a luxurious aura is associated with the villa that is located on an interesting location, on a mountainous slope facing the sea.
5. Residential Village ‘Leaves’, Ivanteevka, Moscow Region
Duplexes of different sizes are built into a residential community, with a touch of European modernism and yet having a comfortable experience for its users. While stone and concrete are used, wood panels are used at the façade level to bring a natural and warm touch. These rows of houses are lined up on the streets.
A green area is included on the site of the house to establish a visual connect and a courtyard is designed to allow privacy to its residents when they use it. A mezzanine is also included in most duplexes to accentuate the form.
6. Administrative Admin Complex ‘Yard’, Ivanteevka, Moscow Region
The complex comprises three blocks, two of which are located perpendicular to each other such that they form a private courtyard between them. Landscaping is done in the courtyard using patches of greens and seatings for the users of the complex and the guests who visit the building. This courtyard acts as an entrance plaza for the two blocks. Parking is allocated right in front of the entrance gate, with a small pedestrian drop-off point which leads into the central courtyard. The third administrative-office block is located adjacent to the main building and has a road between the two.
7. Loft ‘Pravda’ Reconstruction, Moscow City
The administrative-office complex was renovated one part of the Pravda factory. The reconstruction aimed at improving what was already existing, rather than changing entirely the way the building looked and functioned. The structure hence remains a modernistic cuboid of steel structural members, glass openings, and concrete. Simple yet effective architectural features and materials like stone and stucco were used to give a traditionalistic touch to the frontage. The building is flanked by a pedestrian pathway that acts as an entrance plaza wherever required. A larger spill-off zone is made on the other end of the building, covered with patches of greens.
8. LCD ‘White City’, Moscow Region
Each singular block is arranged linearly on the site, divided by roads, courtyards, and other public spaces. Buildings are differentiated by heights, colors, and a ‘pixel’ like façade development, such that all of the fenestrations are not stagnantly arranged throughout. Heightened walkways and lower parking roads differentiate the movement patterns of pedestrians and vehicles, increasing safety and order. A nearby river made it possible to have a water body at the edge of the site which acts as a leisure spot for the residents.
9. Individual Residential Building, Zhukovka, Moscow Region
The luxurious house is structurally designed in reinforced concrete. The elevation is painted in warm yellow tones and detailed out of locally sourced stone. Full-length fenestrations fitted with aluminum-stained glass are used for maximum diffused daylight. Vertical gardens are added in exterior areas of the walls where there are no openings. Existing vegetation is accounted for and provisions are made for the same. The interiors are spacious and partitioned using wooden barriers.
10. State Tretyakov Gallery New Building, Moscow City
The gallery is a competitive project undertaken by StanislavNikolaev when he was working with the UNK Project. Cues from Russian impressionism are strategically included in the elevational detailing. While the form seems to be simple, painted tiles and red and blue stained glass windows are arranged in a way that it all looks like a picture frame, which is a reference to what the function of the building is. A diagonal end of the museum acts as the entrance plaza, which is designed such that it does not affect the linearity of the frame.
11. Roof Café, Ivanteevka, Moscow Region
A combination of materials is used to create interest in this interior design project. Metal, wood, and concrete are used for their contrasting colors and textures, used in strategic locations of the café such that it does not clash. A panel is designed on one wall which is created by geometric shapes and different colors of wooden tiles. This brings out a rustic quality to the fast-food café which is a reference to its function and concept. Light fixtures and elements of the space add to the industrial quality of the space. All of this is contrasted by the colorful furniture and plants used in the interiors.