TERMAL'NYYE VANNY (Thermal Baths)


Rendered Perspective showing the winter baths along the Moscow River

Rendered Perspective showing the winter baths along the Moscow River

Under the Instruction of Martha Schwartz

Independent Project  |  Fall 2015

Vladimir Putin’s homophobic regime has inpired violent acts against the LGBT community throughout Russia, specifically in Moscow.  The absence of punishment to those who commit such hate crimes inevitably transform the public spaces of Moscow into one that is not welcoming to express one’s true self and individuality.  This project seeks to create a spark in the creation of safe haven spaces to not only members of the LGBT community but to anyone who would want to express themselves without the worry of being attacked.

Situated on the southeast portion of the MKAD, along the Moscow River, Termal’nyye Vanny creates a stepping condition that celebrates water’s natural properties.  Its phases were utilized in determining the programmatic elements that occur along the river.  The project also incorporates a series of swales and rain gardens which could help cleanse the urban run-off as it percolates down back into the river.

Regional Context Map - Major forested areas

Regional Context Map - Major forested areas

Urban Density Comparison

Urban Density Comparison

Moscow Density Analyses (FAR)

Moscow Density Analyses (FAR)

Regional Mobility Plan of Moscow

Regional Mobility Plan of Moscow

Moscow and the Oblast - Overall MKAD Plan

Moscow and the Oblast - Overall MKAD Plan

Mid-Review Design Development

Urban Scale Plan

Urban Scale Plan

Aerial Perspective - Intensified urban density

Aerial Perspective - Intensified urban density

Focus Plan along the southeast corner of the MKAD

Focus Plan along the southeast corner of the MKAD

Detail plan showing the modular water programs that can be reconfigured based on specific needs, depending on the season

Cross Section through the Moscow River showing a program change through the seasons

Various Cross and Longitudinal Sections showing the different urban conditions and the rain gardens and swales

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