U_cloud – Speech Tchoban/Kuznetsov

Lo studio SPEECH TCHOBAN/KUZNETSOV was founded in 2006 as a result of long term collaboration of the Berlin office nps Tchoban Voss and the Moscow office Tchoban and Partners, both directed by Sergei Tchoban, with the bureau S.P.Project, headed by Sergey Kuznetsov. Speech Tchoban & Kuznetsov represents the basis for expanded activities in Russia and Eastern Europe. Speech Tchoban & Kuznetsov develop a wide range of office and commercial buildings, hotels, condominium blocks, retail and administration centers. Among the most renowned buildings there are the Moscow Business Center at Leninsky Prospekt and the residential complex Granatny 6 (both 2010) as well as the new administrative headquarters of Bank St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg (2011). Current architectural projects of the bureau include the second tower of the Federation Complex in Moscow’s new business district Moscow City, once topping the list of the tallest buildings in Europe, as well as the Water Sports Palace for the World University Games 2013 in Kazan, Russia. Sergei Tchoban was elected curator for the exhibitions of the Russian Pavillon at the Biennale di Architettura in Venice in 2010 and 2012, and Sergey Kuznetsov was elected co-curator in 2012. Exposition «i-citi/i-land» of the Russian pavilion in the XIII Architecture Biennale in Venice was awarded with a special prize (special mention) by the jury in 2012. By June 2013 the Museum for Architectural Drawing was inaugurated in Berlin. This project won Iconic Award 2013 and Architectural Review Prize for Emerging Architecture 2013. In 2012 Speech Tchoban & Kuznetsov was appointed Architect of the Year. In September 2012 Sergey Kuznetsov became a Chief Architect of Moscow. The U_cloud project has been realized with the participation of architect Agniya Sterligova, former collaborator of Speech Tchoban & Kuznetsov, that currently work on several exhibition, architecture and artistic projects in Russia and abroad. Velko 2000 The company founded in 1992 is a Russian firm based in Korolev, in the Moscow region, which designs, produces and installs building facades and cladding with lightened natural stones. Velko 2000 has went through intense growth in the 1990s, constructing buildings and projects that stand out on a worldwide level for their importance and originality, in Russia, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates. Over the last decade Velko 2000 has expanded its capacities in terms of design, creating an Italian design office in constant growth named ST Facade Technology, involving eight professionals, and in terms of production, acquiring Taltos Srl, which operates in the Luxury Stone sector, with a technologically advanced production plant in the province of Turin. The installation Historically cities always were places of cultural, educational and economical potential, centers for acquisition and exchange of information. The onrush of new technologies and virtual services of data filing in geometrical progression increases the number of invisible connections running through the city, and moves it out of its physical borders. A steadily enlarging U_cloud floats over the endless city, reflecting an intricate pattern set of multi-scale objects, isometric empty spaces, private stories and unpredictable circumstances. The three-dimensional profile of the cloud is composed of a metal structure covered with LED screens that show videos and images; it rests on a base clad in mirrors to create the effect of suspension.