The John McAslan + Partners designed by John McAslan + Partners is located in London, United Kingdom. In Moscow, the rich histories of the Stanislavsky Factory warranted a regenerative approach to retain the character and cultural significance of the site. Having been the site of Alesayev’s gold and silver thread factory, and later, replanned as cable and filament factories and the Moscow Arts Theatre, this regeneration demanded the site’s decontamination and a mixture of restoration and newbuild, transforming existing buildings into offices, apartments, a museum and hotel.
The theatre is again a venue for avant-garde productions and the Stanislavsky Factory has become the first 21st-century regenerative precedent in Moscow. By contrast, renewal is commonplace but often more demanding in London. Here, the challenge presented by the King’s Cross Station Redevelopment is to not only to reignite a building’s original ethos, but to forecast the city’s evolution.