The project of 'Riga' cinema reconstruction in the North-East of Moscow is approved. It is one of 39 Soviet cinemas which will be transformed into cultural centres - places of gravity for the residents of districts.
In Moscow, five 'glass-paned' neighbourhood centres with cinemas will be created. Architecture and Urban Planning Committee of Moscow City has approved a project of 'Riga' cinema reconstruction. Just as other 39 cinema halls of the city which should be renewed, 'Riga' will be transformed into a neighbourhood centre with four cinema halls, as well as markets and public catering areas.
As the Chief Architect of Moscow, Sergey Kuznetsov, has told, front elevation of 'Riga' cinema on the side of Altufyevskoe shosse will be entirely transparent. Instead of the old brick walls, from the four parts, the building will be covered with glass and light ceramic tiles.
Besides 'Riga' transparent front elevations will be also constructed for renewed cinemas 'Budapesht' (North-Eastern Administrative District), 'Angara' (Southern Administrative District), 'Kirgiziya' (Eastern Administrative District) and 'Tallinn' (South-Western Administrative District). For them, similar architectural solutions were approved.
"Large glass-paned lobbies and transparent ground floors in these projects make the facilities open for the city, - Sergey Kuznetsov has explained. - Active public life in them will make the streets adjoining to them more secure and comfortable".
He has mentioned that the 'Riga' cinema square will be enlarged after the reconstruction; above it, the first floor will be built. "On the upper floor, four cinema halls for exhibition of homeland and foreign films will be arranged", - the Chief Architect has added.
In the centre of the building, open atrium space will be located. It's roof will be vitreous, therefore, during day-time, the lighting will be natural. It will be possible to reach the first floor on escalator or lift adapted to the mobility impaired people.