Actor Galaxy / SPEECH

Actor galaxy / speech
©Alexey Naroditskiy

Project Details:
Location: 05 A Kurortny Prospekt, Khostinskiy district, Sochi, Russia
Type: Residential
Total area: 131 230 sq. m
Architects: SPEECH architectural office
Project Authors: Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov, Igor Chlenov
Chief Architect: Igor Chlenov
Chief Engineer: Igor Osokin
Project Architects: Pavel Shaburov, Anna Mashkova, Vyacheslav Kazul
Photographs: Alexey Naroditskiy

The building is situated in Sochi on the territory of the famous in Soviet times Actor health resort, occupying the upper terrace of the plot. The sharp drop in relief directly affected its architectural and compositional design: the layout of the building resembles an elongated drop, as if “flowing down” the slope. Its dynamism is amplified by the complex’s silhouette: it tapers towards the sea, so that Actor Galaxy lowers with each floor, creating a spectacular arc in the city’s skyline.

Actor galaxy / speech
©Alexey Naroditskiy

The sculptural volume is emphasized by the terrace barriers running along the side facades, which the authors shaped in an undulating form. Interestingly, this “wave” is shifted from floor to floor, making the surface “active” and as though rippling from the warm sea breeze. The resort theme is reinforced by the white color of the complex – by virtue of the dynamic form and the pointed “nose,” the snow-white volume distinctly stands out in the panorama of Sochi, resembling a cruise ship which is about to go out into the open sea.

Actor galaxy / speech
©SPEECH

The internal layout of the complex is developed around two atriums. The larger one is located in the interior of the “drop” – it has a sophisticated, angular shape and is covered with ETFE, and the smaller atrium has a triangular configuration and is located in the bow of the “ship.”

Actor galaxy / speech
©Alexey Naroditskiy

The larger one is treated as the main public space of the complex where the panoramic elevators are located, and in the future this space will house shops, cafes, and art objects. During the day this space serves as a backdrop for the ever-changing play of light and shadows, and in the evening it is illuminated at different levels.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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