LOFT Rizzordi Art Foundation
In the year 2011 RIZZORDI ART FOUNDATION initiated the renovation of its own new exhibition venue called LOFT 4000m2.
The vast exhibition space allows RAF exhibit the most relevant modern world projects in St.Petersburg, many of them for the first time. Besides exhibition halls, there will be lecture halls, cinema, art workshops, a music library, a library, a bookstore and café in LOFT.
"Loft" is of a purely American origin. The idea of using abandoned factories as apartments and office space appeared in the factory district of Manhattan in the 1940s. Transferring from the workshops to stylish premises, lofts became the latest fashion by 1950s. Artistic life of New York was centered here. Andy Warhol’s Factory is a classic example.
Loft style is popular in Russia nowadays. However currently it’s sometimes easier for developers in Russia to demolish the old plant or factory and build something new. Few dare to take on the reconstruction of historic buildings…
Rizzordi Art Foundation Building is located at the intersection of Kurlyandskaya street and Stepana Razina Street, it’s part of Kalinkinsky brewery’s complex with the total area of 23.6 m2.
Building malt is included in the Russian cultural heritage register.
The malt was designed by architect E. Jurgen. The construction of the building was divided into two stages, 1875 and 1876. Made of red bricks, the building is one of the most spectacular examples of architecture of the second half of 19th century in St. Petersburg. It is made in the spirit of "brick style" which was widespread in the factory design. The design of the building intended for storing malt solved not only functional tasks, but also created a magnificent piece of architecture. Heavy-looking building has thick walls with vertical decoration elements which coincide with the internal metal frame and small loophole windows, creating the impression of the massiveness of the wall. Every detail of the austere facade was thought over. Laconic utilitarian design elements, arched shape of the windows, cramp metallic bonds and even the ventilation slits are turned into full-fledged artistic elements of the image.