I was focused on City Planning since the University. I saw the City and other urban spaces as a Body with its Skeleton (Transport structure), Muscles and Soft Tissues (residential, public or industrial areas). And the Architect — city planner — being a Doctor who needs to find the best reasonable way and Methods to treat diseases and problems, and help the City to grow and to keep it in a healthy condition. Thus, all architectural decisions must be driven by a deep scientific research, statistical analysis and new Methods of renovation while keeping pace with the times.
Redevelopment of Industrial Territories, reconstruction and functional renovation of Industrial Buildings became an underlying and dominant thread through my entire career, started in 2002. It became a passion already as the most common problems for big cities were old industrial areas that became abandoned.
Big industrial buildings (be it a concrete structure or a metal one) have a huge Potential to be used as new Public Spaces or Apartments in Future. And it’s a huge challenge for the Architect to find out the most effective ways and Methods of Reconstruction.
The Reconstruction process — is a continuous dialog between the Architect and the existing Building. And the tone and mood could be changed with every next step! But the result is always exciting!
Industrial Architecture has specific Scale and structure and Now it becomes necessary to give the new Life to the old industrial buildings especially based in a city area. I must highlight that old factories, heavy industry Plants, Warehouses and even Wineries have specific Charm! Firstly, because of the original technological processes, structural materials and Scale!
Scale I think is the most important feature as it pushes us to feel greatness of the Space (as you feel it in Cathedrals).