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Insider: Stanislav Tratsevskiy

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Insider: Stanislav Tratsevskiy

‘I live in the north part of Moscow, near the water. I’ve always been fascinated by the North River Terminal, or Severnyy Rechnoy Vokzal. First of all, it’s a very beautiful Neoclassical-style building from the Soviet era, built in 1933, at the same time as the Moscow Canal, which connects the Moscow River with the Volga River. The building is significant in Moscow’s architectural history for being the first railway station building designed with not only functionality in mind but also aesthetics. Resembling a giant ship, the façade is decorated with plate-shaped ceramic panels depicting all sorts of Soviet achievements and visions for the future: brightly coloured ships, airplanes, spaceships, the Kiev metro station, fields, meadows, zeppelins. The building is 150 metres long, and the central part is 75 metres high.

‘I also like Severnoye Tushino Park on the banks of the Moscow Canal. It’s one of the largest parks in the city – a whole world unto itself, full of countless different corners, each very different from the next. There are parts of the park where only tennis is played, but there’s also a beach zone from where you can watch ships and boats passing by. And also fishermen. You can ride a bike, rollerblade, or run. Maybe Severnoye Tushino Park can’t compete with some of the best parks in the world in terms of landscape, but it’s unbelievably homey and comfortable. It always gives me a kind of Amsterdam feeling.

‘And Arkhangelskoye Park is also wonderful. It’s a place that seems stuck in the past, with a very special, unique mood all its own. Even though the park’s history goes back to the 16th century, its heyday began when Prince Nikolai Yusupov, a patron of the arts, became the owner of the park. He invited French architect Jacob Guerne to design a central palace for the park. Italian designer Giacomo Trombaro designed the landscape, and later the park was even called the ‘Russian Versailles’. It has a regular layout and is a true paradise for admirers of the Classicism style. Here you’ll find impressive terraces with sculptures of antique gods, heroes, and philosophers as well as the Pink Fountain pavilion, which is impossible to miss. Arkhangelskoye Park is particularly beautiful in the autumn or on a mild winter day when the temperature does not rise above -1°C or -3°C. Then the park exudes an absolutely lyrical, romantic mood – you just wander around and literally fly away. You completely forget about time.’

Stanislav Tratsevskiy, artist and art director at StandArt Hotel Moscow


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