The building resembles the rounded nose of a huge liner: for its shape and aluminum cladding, it has already been nicknamed "Titanic". "We can only hope for a constructive solution," jokes Alexei Bavykin, designed for eight-point seismicity."
Planted on the border of a gently sloping coastal zone and mountains, the residential complex closes one of Sochi's sea-facing streets. They wanted to build a high-rise at this place back in 1975, but the idea laid down in the general plan of Sochi is being implemented only now. On the way from the sea to the building, you can meet the recently renovated Karo Alabyan Sea Station and the House of the Central Executive Committee authorized by Ivan Zholtovsky. “With such solid architecture in the foreground, I tried to make this house deliberately simple with minimal frills,” says the architect. The proposed shape of the building, reminiscent of a medieval shield in plan, allows to provide the maximum number of apartments in the complex with a view of the sea, although the opposite mountain panorama is no less good.
In the Sochi project, the author proposes another answer to the problem of balconies and air conditioners that spoil the facade of balconies and air conditioners, declared in his first large residential building (Moscow, Pilyugina St. Here they work on the marine theme common to the complex - lining up in diagonal lines, they resemble the gills of a giant fish. However, contrary to the frightening associations, the volume will be made in a warm golden-ocher scale with a transition from dark stylobate shades to light - up to white - at the crown. It is this play of light and shade that distinguishes the southern mountains on a hot afternoon, in the context of which the house is placed. In the hot southern air, the building should seem like a mirage of its prototypes plying the sea.