Bolshevik Factory

John McAslan + Partners as Architects

8-Dec-2017 The redevelopment of the Bolshevik Factory on Leningradsky Prospekt in Moscow is an important piece of Moscow’s heritage and one of the practice’s most ambitious and painstaking adaptive re-use projects. Comprising seventeen buildings of varying ages and styles, including listed buildings dating from the late 19th century, the 50,000 sqm redevelopment includes office space, a covered street, a residential element, 1.5 ha of public gardens and a new Museum of Russian Impressionism.


The Bolshevik Factory remains one of Moscow’s most significant examples of pre and post Soviet industrial heritage. Founded in 1855, the existing buildings and estate reflect the French influence of Adolf Sioux, the factory’s original founder, who established these grandiose premises to manufacture high quality confectionary. In 1884 the Bolshevik Factory was the first building in Moscow to boast electric lighting. The landscaping of the Bolshevik factory site creates a sequence of spaces, courtyards and gardens that permit restricted vehicular movement around the perimeter while preserving generous car-free areas as distinct garden spaces, squares and terraces.


The Museum of Russian Impressionism provides over 1,000 square meters of exhibition space, a cinema, a multimedia zone, educational facilities for children, a café and retail facilities. The exhibition space is arranged over three floors, with the permanent collection on the ground floor and temporary exhibits on the upper floors. Each year the museum plans to exhibit works from the world’s leading museums and private collections.


6-Jun-2013 Commissioned by 0.1 Properties and the Tactics Group, the first phase of the practice's redevelopment of the Bolshevik Factory will deliver 50,000 sqm of office space by September 2013.


The scheme will feature covered atria 'streets' and office space with exceptional views over Moscow city and beyond, as well as a new art gallery space housing the client's collection of Russian Impressionist art. One of Moscow's most celebrated late 19th-century industrial buildings, the project comprises 17 buildings of varying ages and styles, including listed buildings dating from 1884 - the first buildings in Moscow to boast electric light.


This project will be a model of adaptive re-use, transforming an important example of the city's great industrial heritage into a high quality environment for contemporary commercial use.

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