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ARCHITECTURE AND MODERN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC SCIENTIFIC - EDUCATIONAL JOURNAL ON SCIENTIFIC-TECHNOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL-METHODICAL ASPECTS OF MODERN ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION AND DESIGNING WITH THE USAGE OF VIDEO AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES


Article COVERING ATRIUM SPACES AMONG BUILDINGS IN THE CENTER OF MOSCOW
Authors P. Vorobyeva, Architectural Association, London, United Kingdom
Abstract Central part of Moscow city mostly consists of 4-6 story office buildings, where covering spaces between them can be applied and where there is a growth of interest in urban design. There are two types of office buildings: old buildings (built in 18-19 century), which were refurbished from private houses to offices and new buildings that were designed from the beginning for office spaces. New buildings were mostly designed with some public spaces on the ground level, while working environment in refurbished buildings is not so comfortable and does not provide any mixed-use spaces.

Covering space between refurbished old buildings suggest to improve the environment conditions and comfort of the users. Also, covering influences the environment inside buildings and helps to protect the façade from brittle fractures. Sheltered space between buildings is a great amenity in itself, creating a type of space available in most cities an all-weather public gathering space (Saxon, 1987). Last year Moscow government approved the programmer of pedestrianisation many streets in the city center, so there is a demand in designing these new spaces.

This research paper aims to study the typologies of covered spaces going through daylight, ventilation, passive cooling and heating strategies, reducing costs and increasing comfort. The research focuses on how to make these spaces more comfortable both for the workers and pedestrians without compromising adjacent buildings.
Keywords: atrium, office building, covered space, transitional space
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