Portfolio Skibnevsky Ivan

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2012-2017<br />

Moscow Architectural Institute<br />

Department of residential and public buildings<br />

Bachelor degree<br />


2016-2019<br />

2015<br />

Sergey Skuratov Architects, architect<br />

Competitions, detail documentation<br />

Moscow<br />

junya.ishigami+associates, intern<br />

Competitions, models, El Croquis publication<br />

Tokyo<br />



adress<br />

Russia, Moscow, 127051<br />

Trubnaja st. 25.2<br />

phone<br />

+7-903-156-16-86<br />

e-mail<br />

vnskbnvsky@gmail.com<br />

languages<br />

russian - native<br />

english - IELTS 7.5<br />

german - beginner<br />

2016<br />

2016<br />

2015-2016<br />

2014<br />

MLA+ urban workshop<br />

Maryino district research/redevelopment<br />

Moscow<br />

Verenitsa: saving wooden temples<br />

Preservation of a 17th century church<br />

Kargopol’, Volosovo<br />

Point of View workshops<br />

Architecture schools research, presentations<br />

Ekaterinburg, Samara<br />

MARCHI summer practice<br />

Sketching, painting workshops<br />

Kirillov, Vologda<br />



3 Intro<br />

4 The large place. City<br />

7 Chapter 1. Cultural center<br />

10 Сhapter 2. Philharmonie<br />

13 The medium place. Park<br />

15 Chapter 3. Visitor center<br />

19 Chapter 4. Observation tower<br />

software<br />

ArchiCAD, Revit, Rhino+Grasshopper<br />

Adobe PS, IND, IL<br />

QGIS, Excel<br />

handwork skills<br />

sketching, drafting, modelling<br />

3d printing, foam cutting, sculpting<br />

2018<br />

2016-2017<br />

2014<br />

Kemeri Bog competitions by Bee Breeders<br />

Participant<br />

120 hours competitions<br />

Participant<br />

Terradeck. Terraces in landscape design<br />

Finalist, 2nd place<br />

22 The small place. Dacha<br />

24 Chapter 5. Shishkovitsa<br />

27 Chapter 6. Window pavillion<br />

30 Drawings<br />




Everything you do shows your hand.<br />

Everything is a self-portrait.<br />

Everything is a diary.<br />

— Chuck Palahniuk, "Diary"<br />

This portfolio aims to tell about three different places<br />

with their own unique qualities. Being located far from each<br />

other, they differ in sizes, typologies and functions. Each place:<br />

a city, a park and a countryside (dacha) is important for me and<br />

each contains two projects of mine, which either complement<br />

each other or act in contra.<br />

I tend to believe that every single architectural project, conceptual,<br />

educational or the one under construction, tells a story<br />

about its designer. It is technically his self-portrait, projected<br />

onto the landscape.<br />

These projects of mine are never to be realized, which is<br />

why they are only tales. Tales of how once in my life I saw these<br />

sites in my head. And the portfolio, which collects all these tales<br />

that are parts of myself, is therefore me.<br />



CITY<br />

Irkutsk, Russia<br />

The first tale is the largest in scale. It meets us with a wonderful<br />

Siberian city of Irkutsk. Being chosen by a chance as a designing<br />

site, the work took me almost a year, which is why it was divided<br />

into two projects, which form a single whole. Even though Irkutsk<br />

is located very far from my place of habitat, I have absolutely no<br />

pity about visiting it and falling in love with its nature, views and<br />

its peculiar self-consciousness.<br />

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500m<br />



location: Surikova st., Irkutsk, Russia<br />

site area: 4.2 ha<br />

design year: 2016-2017<br />

type: educational program + competition<br />


The site is located in the historical center of Irkutsk,<br />

on the embankment of Angara river. Nowadays, the site is<br />

a huge abandoned industrial zone with an old heating station<br />

on the site, several scattered facilities and no approach to water.<br />


1. to design a residential complex, a trading center<br />

and a Philharmonie<br />

2. to redevelop the Angara embankment<br />

PLOT<br />

After analyzing the territory thoroughly, I came to the decision,<br />

that Irkutsk lacks cultural events and facilities. Nowadays,<br />

there is a large trading quarter in the city, so the idea of creating<br />

a whole cultural quarter appeared to be extremely relevant and<br />

helpful both for the city and its citizens.<br />

Embankment redevelopment will<br />

reconnect the riverline<br />

Cultural quarter together with the trading<br />

center will create a solid entertainment city<br />

structure<br />

2<br />

1<br />

1. Cultural center<br />

2. Philharmonie<br />


cafe + tickets<br />

observation tube<br />

food market<br />

temporary exhibitions<br />

retail<br />

restaurant<br />

services<br />

music hall<br />

library + buffet<br />

coworking<br />

music school<br />

open space market hall<br />

offices<br />

art gallery<br />

blackbox theater<br />

art school<br />

services<br />

restaurant<br />

lecture hall<br />

permanent<br />

exhibitions<br />

swimming pool<br />

hotel<br />

The other important aspect of the project was to reconnect<br />

two parts of the embankment, separated by this former industrial<br />

site. Eventually, I excluded residential and trading functions<br />

from the task program and substituted it with cultural functions.<br />

A list of positions was added, such as coworking, art galleries,<br />

a library, an auditorium and others. To preserve the atmosphere<br />

and the history of the place, I also decided to preserve<br />

the heating station.<br />


СHAPTER 1.<br />


One part of the quarter is the cultural center. Due<br />

to the site’s adjacent positions to important historical buildings,<br />

such as numerous churches and the town hall, the significant<br />

aspect of the project was to be simple, light and reflective.<br />

Keeping in mind this and the number of functions, the spatial<br />

solution turned out to be a composition of white prisms, which intersect<br />

each other and seem to flow on the site space. Prisms are<br />

arranged that way, so that light and air transfuse the complex<br />

in various directions.<br />


The old heating station is being preserved, so it also filled<br />

up with a variety of functions, which blend with those in the new<br />

building. Pedestrian routes, bridges and open spaces create<br />

a lot of opportunities for people to spend their time both inside<br />

and open-air. Underground parking allows keeping all the vehicles<br />

off the street.<br />

Thereby, the city gains a whole public quarter, that affects<br />

positively its cultural life, marketing (hotel, food court, coworking)<br />

and other aspects.<br />


Purity and freshness of the new building combined with heaviness<br />

and age of the heating station create a very expressive<br />

pair: glass and brick blend together to create a single whole.<br />

While the bearing walls of the station are thick and rough, white<br />

prisms are covered with u-profile beams filled with aerogel.<br />

This way new building seem white from the street and yet<br />

allow diffused light inside, which is important for such spaces<br />

as galleries and the library. Where direct sun rays are necessary<br />

either aerogel is missing or glass changes with perforated metal<br />

panels.<br />



The second part of the project is the city Philharmonie<br />

for 1200 people. Due to its location alongside Angara river,<br />

its shape is stretched in length. Being relatively low and made<br />

of weathering steel, the building mimics an old rusted barge,<br />

very common to Irkutsk.<br />

Structure aims to attract attention and simultaneously calm<br />

the embankment view after it being filled with motley modern<br />

residential architecture. Even though the total length of the building<br />

is approximately 300 meters, its body is split into three parts<br />

to allow citizens to gain access to water.<br />

places/city/philharmonie<br />


The main conception of this heavy appearance is to deliberately<br />

create a form that would be irrelevant and heterogeneous.<br />

This will lead to citizens to be shocked, to have questions and<br />

eventually to lure them inside due to their curiosity.<br />

On the inside however the absolute contrary awaits for<br />

them - soft, comfortable and haptic interior in addition to charming<br />

qualities of music will create dissonance in peoples minds<br />

and hopefully turn them into more open-minded ones.<br />

places/city/philharmonie<br />


Concert hall of the Philharmonie is hidden inside the tough<br />

core, like a yolk in an egg. The building around it consists<br />

of three parts: cafe with a ticket office, the main part with a lobby<br />

and concert hall itself and the third part -music school, which can<br />

also be used by artists to prepare to a concert or by musicians<br />

to perform little chamber concerts.<br />



PARK<br />

Kemeri national park, Latvia<br />

The second tale narrates about a true nature cradle,<br />

hidden in one of the greenest countries in the middle of Europe.<br />

A magnificent nature park with a heart of a bog, surrounded<br />

by pine forests charmed me almost instantly, so when there were<br />

two competitions held on this site, without hesitation I decided<br />

to participate in both.<br />

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location: Kemeri, Jurmala region, Latvia<br />

site area: 382 km2<br />

design year: 2018<br />

type: architectural competitions<br />


The site is located in the middle of Latvia. There is an entrance<br />

to the park and a few walking routes, leading to the bog<br />

and back. Nowadays, park facilities are prepared neither<br />

for a big quantity of visitors nor for people with disabilities.<br />


1. to develop an entrance field and design a visitor center<br />

2. to redevelop access to the bog and design a new<br />

observation tower<br />

PLOT<br />

Nature is the main character on this playground, it dictates<br />

specific rules on its possessions, so it was important to create<br />

humble and relevant structures on one hand, and to keep my<br />

own dignity and style on the other.<br />






The center of ther park is a picturesque<br />

bog, which is surrounded by pine trees<br />


CHAPTER 3.<br />


The first project in Kemeri national park is the visitor center<br />

and the entry field surrounding it. The site is surrounded by a dense<br />

pine forest, it is almost completely plane and it pierced with just<br />

one pathway. The visitor center would be the only permanent<br />

structure on the site, but the zoning consists also of a parking lot<br />

for 100 cars and 4 buses, a camping site and a playground.<br />

Children playing features are scattered all over the site, so it is<br />

one big playground.<br />

The site is defined by a field on one side of the road, but I<br />

decided to involve the adjacent field in the project too, enlarging<br />

this whole entrance complex. The idea is to supply it with stone<br />

and wooden sculptures, external furniture and different plants<br />

and therefore turn it into a chamber landscape park, which<br />

could hold various concerts and exhibitions.<br />


When one enters<br />

the meadow, he sees<br />

a typical vernacular building<br />

with a sloped roof and made<br />

of timber. But as one starts<br />

getting closer, a peculiar<br />

metamorphosis is happening<br />

with the building.<br />

I imagined that there is<br />

an unseen border between<br />

Kemeri and outer life,<br />

and the field plays a role<br />

of the gates to nature. Keeping<br />

this in mind, the visitor<br />

center is placed right on this<br />

border.<br />

Eventually, it looks all<br />

serious and rectangular<br />

on the “human side”, but<br />

starts imitating or even melting<br />

into nature on its side.<br />

Straight lines turn to curves,<br />

air and light start sneaking<br />

inside: a building merges<br />

with nature.<br />

To sum up, the visitor<br />

center has two appearances,<br />

two personalities, while<br />

remaining a single whole.<br />


6.800<br />

All the staff rooms, storages and bathrooms are fitted compactly<br />

in one part of the building, whereas the rest of it houses<br />

a multifunctional 7 meters high open space. Its main function<br />

is the cafe with a souvenir shop, but a different furniture arrangement<br />

can easily turn the space to either an auditorium or<br />

an exhibition hall.<br />

The building is made of wood: a core made of glued timber<br />

frames and the decking made of silver discoloured aspen.<br />

The visitor center is effective in terms of vandalism since elevation<br />

decking could be easily replaced and windows and doors have<br />

shutters.<br />

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5<br />

2<br />

4<br />

1<br />

3<br />

+6.500<br />

+3.500<br />

7<br />

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section 1-1<br />

6<br />

2<br />

1<br />

+8.000<br />

+3.500<br />

±0.000<br />

±0.000<br />

1. aluminium coping<br />

2. sealing<br />

3. 50 mm rigid-foam insulation<br />

4. 20 mm oriented strand board<br />

5. 130 mm mineral wool<br />

6. vapor barrier<br />

7. 120/240 mm squared pine beam<br />

8. 150/450 glue-laminated pine beam<br />

9. heated aluminium box gutter<br />

10. double glazing in softwood frame<br />

11. 12 mm veneer plywood<br />

12. 30 mm silver fir planks<br />

13. reinforced concrete slab<br />

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1<br />

section 2-2<br />

-0.500<br />

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Conception of the building’s expansion under nature’s<br />

influence leads to a picturesque opening in the open space.<br />

Opening’s plane is slightly turned to the sun path to allow<br />

more light inside. Under the window frame, there is a custom<br />

metal pattern inspired by a pattern of the bog. Sun rays that<br />

go through the pattern create a charming atmosphere, which<br />

allows the building to claim itself as a temple of nature.<br />


CHAPTER 4.<br />


If one will continue his journey, he will enter the walking<br />

route leading to the bog. After walking for some time a surrealistic<br />

dark structure will show up on the way. One may be surprised<br />

to know that the horizontal structure is an observation tower.<br />

Nevertheless, the explanation is the most simple: stairs are<br />

changed to the ramps so the inclination becomes more gentle.<br />

A tower lies down and yet lift its visitors to the height of 6 meters.<br />


One of the competition’s most significant tasks was to create<br />

the tower accessible for people with disabilities. Almost instantly<br />

an idea of an incredibly long ramp came to my mind. After<br />

placing it on the plane site, the ramp structure was bent to create<br />

unique perspective views both on the exterior and on the top<br />

of the tower. The structure exists as a part of the walking path, so<br />

a random visitor will be almost forced to get inside and make it<br />

to the top.<br />


+7.200<br />

+6.000<br />

inner elevation<br />

+3.000<br />

R = 170 m<br />

±0.000<br />

plan<br />

Tower’s structural idea is simple and compact: two parallel<br />

ramps go in different directions and then there is a plane diagonal<br />

path that connects tops of the ramps.<br />

This way you climb up by one ramp and get down by another.<br />

Decking of the tower is made by “yakisugi” technology<br />

- a burnt wood greatly withstands precipitation and decay.<br />

plan fragment<br />



DACHA<br />

Teatral'naya station, Moscow region<br />

This tale is the smallest and the most private one. It tells a story<br />

about a place I grew up, then left it for a long time and then<br />

returned back there to as a place for meditation and creativity<br />

experiments.<br />

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100m<br />


Awake at night –<br />

the sound of the water jar<br />

cracking in the cold.<br />

— Matsuo Basho<br />

2<br />


location: Teatral'naya st., Moscow region, Russia<br />

site area: 900 m2<br />

design year: 2016 -<br />

type: ambitions realization<br />


The site is an old countryside of my family, which is located<br />

not far from Moscow. It is relatively a small piece of land surrounded<br />

by 5 other countrysides. Grown-up trees are scattered<br />

everywhere on the site: there are pines, birches, oaks, apple<br />

trees, maples and many other. Because of all the trees' branches,<br />

it gets dark early in the morning, which causes a tiny bit<br />

of melancholy when alone in the evening.<br />

PLOT<br />

Together with my brother, we used to spend almost every<br />

summer here when we were children. Many years have passed<br />

since that time, but since 2016 I have revived this tradition. I<br />

enjoy staying there tidying up the site, meditating and at some<br />

point, I realized that I could materialize some of my design<br />

ideas.<br />

1<br />

1. Shishkovitsa<br />

2. Window pavillion<br />

0<br />

10m<br />


CHAPTER 5.<br />


60 mm<br />

2000 mm<br />

The first such idea came to my mind when i was tidying<br />

the site and suddenly collected a huge amount of cones. Its<br />

shape and the ability to transform due to the weather inspired<br />

me a lot and I decided to cast it into a single structure.<br />

It was only the next year after I had collected them that<br />

together with my friend Victoria Matryuk we started assembling<br />

it, and only even a year after that we finished it. But there was no<br />

rush, the work was meditative and painstaking.<br />

60 mm<br />

1300 mm<br />

34 elements 22 elements<br />


After a few sketches and ideas we decided to crown the entrance<br />

to the house with an arched shape made out of cones.<br />

We created a digital model in a computer and carefully<br />

started assembling the structure. Technically the whole form is<br />

a metal grid attached to the portico ceiling, and cones attached<br />

to the grid on different heights with a transparent fishing line.<br />

Hanging in the entrance this cone form creates a cozy, meditative<br />

and welcoming atmosphere.<br />


At first, the grid was attached to the ceiling. Then a total<br />

quantity of 748 cones was attached to the fishing line and<br />

hanged on a specific height, dictated by the digital model. It was<br />

a truly painstaking work to put one row of cones after another.<br />

We started our work in early may - when it became warm<br />

and paused in late october, when it became chilly. The structure<br />

consists of cones from surroundings and also a few were picked<br />

in the Alps during a ski trip.<br />


CHAPTER 6.<br />


The idea of the second project was in a way similar - collecting<br />

and recycling, but this time my intentions were more<br />

grandiose - it was all about collecting old window frames.<br />

It attracted my attention that all these frames lying<br />

on the dump were different and unique, all from different houses,<br />

keeping different stories. I decided to assemble a structure,<br />

a little houses out of them and began collecting.<br />

+2.700<br />

±0.000<br />


1. Dump treasures: 32 unique window frames 2. Frames in miniature are a jigsaw puzzle 3. Solution to a puzzle creates a project.<br />

The total amount of collected window frames was 31 plus<br />

one door. Since these frames were my initial, I decided to copy<br />

them in miniature and solve a puzzle of how could they fit together.<br />

Based on its size and structural abilities, I created four<br />

elevations, and then a 3d model of the house.<br />

A wooden skeleton, floor decks and transparent roof and it<br />

will all set up. Unfortunately, it is still hard for me to make some<br />

time and finish the project in situ.<br />


There are a lot of trees on the site, and I dreamed of a tea<br />

house, where you could sit, enjoy the tea, listen to the whispering<br />

of leaves, birds’ songs or raindrops falling onto the roof and<br />

ground. Alone or with someone by my side, I believe the place<br />

would turn out to be meditative and lyrical.<br />



I have been drawing since early childhood, always getting<br />

classwork paper sheets filled with lines and figures and characters,<br />

whereas everybody else had nice clean textbooks. Never<br />

attending art school before the Moscow Architectural Institute<br />

took away some practicing time, but granted me my own distinctive<br />

style.<br />

I do believe that sometimes the Thinking Hand wakes up<br />

before mind does, so sometimes I start drawing without having<br />

any idea of what will it be. I have also figured out an interesting<br />

behaviour speciality of myself: I draw mostly patterns at work,<br />

plants at home and architecture on planar.<br />

left: lying snow pattern<br />


above: a cloud<br />

above right: snowflakes were falling and i recorded their paths<br />

bottom right: stones<br />


vnskbnvsky@gmail.com<br />

+7-903-156-16-86<br />

Moscow, Russia

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