Shortlisted for residential rebirth project of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019, Rassvet Loft Studio is a factory conversion by DNK Architecture Group.
The Russian architecture studio replaced the prefabricated concrete panel cladding with brick, which is more typical for residential buildings and visually connects the renovated buildings with the historic quarter. The studio used hand-made bricks of different shades and textures to create an active play of light and shadow on the embossed facade. Zinc-framed windows punctuate the facade of handmade clinker bricks, where the clay is fired at high temperatures to produce a shiny surface. The project aims to maintain a relationship with its location in a part of central Moscow that was previously occupied by furniture factories in the 20th century. The development is called Rassvet Loft Studio after the Rassvet factory that still stands on the site.