in denis esakov’s moscow photo series, buildings designed by some of the world’s leading architects — including OMA, zaha hadid, and david adjaye — are revealed from a new, experimental angle. straying away from the traditional angles of observation, esakov uses a drone to reveal, what he calls, a building’s ‘fifth façade’ — the view from above.


the moscow school of management by adjaye associates & AB studios
all images by denis esakov

 

 

architects, urban designers, and pedestrians see the same building from myriad of perspectives, creating different perceptions of the same structure. in these photos, compiled in his book titled ‘spying on moscow,’ the city’s ‘fifth facade’ becomes the source in which we form our new perspective of europe’s largest metropolis. esakov‘s viewers are able to personally experience the artist’s carefully curated journey through the city.

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the dominion office building by zaha hadid architects
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for each of the featured building, the artist includes two aerial photos and one from ground level — easing the transition between our traditional perspective of an edifice and it’s ‘fifth facade.’ both traditional and modern examples are included, which successfully take on new geometric forms in a new realm of aesthetic — free of traditional, architectural photography’s formal guidelines. 

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the garage museum of contemporary art by OMA 
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the house on mosfilmovskaya by sergey skuratov architects 

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the downtown moscow skyline

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the moscow skyline 

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the lomonosov moscow state university building by lev rudnev

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the red army theater by karo halabyan

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moscow’s famous ’round house’

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the aerobus, a 35-story skyscraper in moscow

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project by ASNOVA, an avant-garde architectural association in the soviet union

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the russian academy of sciences

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the palace of pioneers

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the garden quarters residential complex

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