Lootch Moscow 2006–2010

Lootch – Russian for light ‘ray’ – is the 30,000m2 redevelopment of a former light bulb factory housed in a collection of pre-revolutionary (1901) brick buildings. The centrepiece, a polished stainless steel and glass structure, will house a gallery, meeting rooms and restaurant. 

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    Aerial view of the disused factory buildings which although dilapidated and much altered are remarkable for their ornate brickwork detailing
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    This interior illustrates both the grandeur and extent of decay
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    Sketch illustrating the extent of the masterplan, and the range of new buildings and adaptations to existing buildings
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    Masterplan - the scheme splits into 25,000m² of adaptive reuse and 5,000m² of new build. The brief sought unit sizes ranging from 500m² to 5,000m²
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    Aerial view of scheme design
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    Model photo of the gallery that forms the centrepiece of the development
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    Visualisation of 'Building 1' with new structure on right. Original ornate brickwork is repaired and a palette of concrete, glazed brick, Corten steel and glass is used for new construction
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    Entrance beneath the new 'Building 1' pavilion and loggia with further new buildings left and right. Concrete with pink aggregate is used to distinguish our contemporary additions from the much-maligned Communist era modernism
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    Visualisation of the 200+ metre long 'Building 3'
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    'Building 3' under construction prior to the sale of the site
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    An historic interior following redevelopment


  • Appointment: 2006
  • Construction start: 2009
  • Area: 30,000m2
  • Budget: 2,209.5m RUB
  • Sustainable credentials: LEED Silver
  • Form of contract: Design & Build Exec Architect
  • Client: Horus Capital
  • Services Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
  • Landscape Architect: Gross Max
  • Lighting Designers: Speirs and Major


  • Edmund Harris, ‘Moscow’, in: Moscow, Architecture Today (July 2008), p.27
  • ‘Britain in Russia’, in: UK Trade & Investment March 08 (March 2008), p.20


  • MIPIM Future Project Awards, (Commendation) 2008
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