The Moscow Circus School recently ran a competition for the design of its new building and Elytra, a design by architects Maryan Fazel and Belinda Ercan, was deemed the victor. Elytra's oblong, exoskeletal columns are based on the forewings of insects (body parts called "elytra" in entomology.)
Set to be erected in Moscow's Tverskoy District, Elytra will tower over many of the traditional buildings currently in the area. However, Tverskoy is home to a burgeoning Moscow arts scene and the Moscow Circus School hopes that its new building will become one of the focal points of that evolution.
Though the building is a private space for the Moscow Circus School's classes and training facilities, it also has a publicly accessible roof that will provide views onto the activities inside, further nurturing the building's cultural importance.
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