The building of "Promstroyproekt", located on Komsomolsky Prospekt, is known mainly as one of those structures that were moved according to the method of engineer Emmanuel Handel. In 1958, the building moved almost a hundred meters in connection with the laying of the avenue and the construction of the metro bridge and was installed on a new, prepared in advance foundation. And at the very beginning of the 1960s, a new building of the institute was built in front of it. The time of construction left its indelible mark on this volume - the building was a lapidary example of Soviet modernism. The rectangular facade facing the avenue was somewhat reminiscent of a lined notebook page: the ribbons of the windows alternated with the extremely laconic dies of the interfloor ceilings, all of this was painted in a light gray color and against the background of the prevailing Stalinist buildings, it looked sparse and frankly dull. As the architect Pavel Andreev recalls, this dissonance was so striking that it became the main theme of the reconstruction. And although formally the facades, of course, had to be replaced due to their dilapidation, most of all the authors of the project wanted to change the visual image of the building in the panorama of the avenue.
The reconstruction project developed by the "Pavel Andreev Architectural Workshop" provided for the dismantling of existing windows and a fundamentally new solution to the main facade of the building; the courtyard and side facades were also subject to replacement. Another important task of the reconstruction was the addition of an additional (ninth) floor - its total area was 781 sq. M.
If earlier the main (and by and large, the only) architectural theme of the building was articulated horizontal stripes, then the authors of the project actively introduce verticals into the renewed facade, and the space between them is filled with stained glass. At the same time, the authors not only split the elongated rectangle into rhythmic segments, but bring a light but distinct hint of an order to its appearance - a kind of reaction to a more ceremonial environment. These, of course, are not exactly columns, but due to the accentuation of cornices at the marks of the top of the first floor and along the parapet of neighboring houses, the verticals are visually perceived as such. Moreover, grouped into "porticos", they radically change the scale of the building, as if drawing two volumes on a transparent plane. This feeling is enhanced by pilasters protruding beyond the main plane of the wall.
The built-up floor is decided in a completely different way. Firstly, here the glazing is tape, and in this one can see a kind of paraphrase of the former appearance of the building. Secondly, the new volume itself has been pushed back from the general line of the facade - this helps to level the increase in height, and will allow organizing access to the operated roof. In fact, not only an additional floor appears at the Promstroyproekt building, but also a large-scale terrace, ideal for placing a summer cafe and holding corporate events in the warm season. The terrace railing, made in the form of horizontally stretched metal cables, echoes the cornice of the upper floor, which is a narrow metal pergola.
The colors of the renovated facade are also designed to fit the Promstroyproekt building into the overall palette of the surrounding buildings. Since the latter is dominated by sand and beige tones, it is these color accents that are present on the glazed plane of the facade. The courtyard and side facades are also faced with cassettes of painted metal, however, the architects also introduce light brown and brown-gray shades into their color scheme. The basement of the renovated building is faced with natural stone, and the first floor has panoramic glazing - there are trading rooms and the entrance hall of the institute itself.
With the help of a modest arsenal of expressive means, the "Architectural Workshop of Pavel Andreev" was able to radically transform the appearance of a typical building of the 1960s. Thanks to the work carried out, a volume appeared in the panorama of Komsomolsky Prospekt, the image of which is built on a classical architectural solution, freely "retold" in the language of modernity.