MVRDV is set to rebuild the Serp & Molot located in Moscow, taking the previous factory construction of the place and adding to this historic section of the city. Instead of completely ripping down the building, the architecture firm is doing everything they can to preserve the existing structure and improve upon what's already there.
According to DesignBoom, "historical elements such as large chimneys and pipes are preserved and other structures are integrated into the new buildings. Large factory halls are replaced by urban blocks that follow the footprint of the old factory with additional green courtyards." This type of refurbishment should not only please current residences of the area, but also attract tourists and newcomers due to the building's historic elements. Hopefully the Serp & Molot area will become a trendy spot to visit in the future.
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