PLEASE ADD VESTIBULE TO THE FAÇADE TO SERVE AS ENTRY AND SHOPFRONT FOR FUTURE BANK OR RETAIL:
• FUNCTIONAL GLASS VESTIBULE
• EXTENDING BEYOND THE EXISTING WALL OF THE BUILDING
• COMPLETELY ENCLOSED
• WITH STAIRS AND RAMP
The project location is Moscow, Russia. With your concept in hand I will be trying to obtain the approval of the managing board.
Vestibule has to be 1m deep. It will be built on the pavement 5,4m wide.
With stairs 1,5m wide it will take 2,5m of the pavement allowed by the city.
The board is currently opposed to my extension being built. The challenge is to seriously improve the existing façade look with the vestibule. Then the permission will be granted the chairman said.
Please either suggest your vision, or improve the attached model.
1. Dimensions are in meters.
2. It rains and snows 8 months a year.
There are not many sunny days so no need for tinted glass.
3. The yellow gas pipe will become straight near the archway as shown on plans 1 and 2.
4. At night the street is deserted. It is best to avoid the breakable valuable decoration on the outside, not to subject it to vandalism.
5. Please leave ~0,5m between the archway and the right (if looked from the street) corner of the vestibule, so that the trucks driving through the archway do not hit against it.
THE VESTIBULE ROOF
Regularly in winter the main building roof is cleaned. The snow and icicles are thrown from the 9th floor. This heavy mass will be falling onto my vestibule roof. This roof has to be competent and in compliance.
THE PROSPECTIVE STAIRS
The board generally prefers the stairs to be of the same brown granite as you see at the base of the building, but it is not imperative.
There has to be a ramp (sloping surface for wheelchairs and pushchairs).
Banisters imo not too bulky, light and airy, but am open to your suggestions.
Imo the vestibule could be hanging (balcony style) on corbels or consoles, to make the structure less massive.
However board chairman worries that such consoles weaken the façade.
Where possible please use the glass panels 1.5m x 3m as this particular size is reasonably priced.
Residential 1952 yellow brick 9-storeyed building. Designed in "Stalin's empire" style.
Square shaped, facing 4 streets, with big inner courtyard and several ground floor retailers on all 4 streets.
CURRENT STATE OF THE PROPERTY
Ground-floor 70m2 apartment, with 3 windows all facing Kopernika street.
I am in process of converting it to commercial space to rent out to a retailer, possibly to a bank branch.
Short street perpendicular to 2 main avenues Lomonosovsky and Universitetsky, and parallel to another main avenue Vernadsky.
It is home to "The Great Moscow Circus on Vernadsky".
Every evening and all day weekend it gets very busy. A thousand people go to and from the circus show, via the ramp next to the spot you will design.
Another several hundred walk daily past this spot to and from the metro station Universitet.
There is good visibility of the spot from the large Vernadsky avenue 7 months a year, when the trees are leafless.
Currently there are 3 other retailers with unattractive entrances on this side of the building (see pic).
The board of 19 will decide by voting. They dearly love the house, are proud of it, and all reside in it. They consider it to be a historic building and are very upset that the façade is spoilt by mismatched retailers’ entrances.
The board acts on behalf of the residents and is accountable to them. This is why the concept has to be approved.
The concept probably needs to be consistent with the age and style of the building. But if not, it still could be approved if it is preserving, and blending in, the building’ architecture.
APPROVED SO FAR
If looking from the street - middle or right window turns into the main front entrance.
The left window has gas pipe on the left at 0.4 m from it, so a door there is not advisable (though still possible if pipe is moved).
As the property floor at ~0.8 m from the ground the door will be at this level.
The other 2 windows are lengthened down to floor level as well.
The width of the existing windows cannot change, the future front door will not exceed the window width.
ABOUT THE ATTACHED PLANS AND PHOTOSHOP MODELS
Professional company handles the conversion paperwork and will obtain the city planning permission.
The architect in this company has done the attached measurements and has designed the photoshop model 1.
The board chairman has seen photoshop model 1 and did not like it at all because the vestibule looks massive.
The idea in photoshop model 2 is my friend's, the well-known sculptor Andrey Nalich. Attached FYI. Not seen by the board.
I also attached the building pics and the short video of the street and surroundings.
WHY I WANT THIS
• To add some grandeur to attract more potential lessees
• To create warm, friendly transitional space between the outside and the interior in the severe Moscow climate
• Not to waste interior space on vestibule
WHY THE FUTURE RETAILER WILL WANT THIS
• Use the glass panels of the vestibule as extra advertising space
• Fit in the ATMs if it is a bank, mannequins or goods if it is a store
• Put signs on both sides of the vestibule top to attract the attention of people approaching from the sides
"Shopfronts are the main advertising method for retailers and are required to be eye-catching as well as conveying the type of business offered".
Many thanks in advance for your time and your interest!
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