Igumnov House, French Embassy, ​​Moscow / Russia

Igumnov House, French Embassy, ​​Moscow / Russia

Moscow Russia French Embassy Igumnov House Facade repair Natural stone Waterproofing of buildings Kiesol Sealing Grout Elastogrout 1K Clinker Cleaner AC Facade Cleaning Paste BFA Remover Desalination Compress Restoration Mortar MB 2K FM ZF Funcosil SNL Funcosil FC KSE 100 KSE 300 Primer SV Silicon Resin Paint LA Historic Scumble Color LA Color LA Historic

The Igumnov House was built in 1883-1893. In 1880 the architect Nikolay Pozdeyev was commissioned by the Igumnov family to extend the old two-storey Emirate-style villa. For 13 years the project made slow progress as the construction came under public criticism, the costs were exceeded and drove the young architect to suicide.

After the October Revolution, the nationalised building served various institutions until 1979, when it became the official residence of the French Embassy. In 2007 the extensive restoration of the building began.

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Construction project:
Facade restoration / plinth Facade restoration / natural stone Waterproofing buildings
Building type:
Historically protected / historically valuable buildings
Office and administration buildings
Short description
The restoration of the building, which is over one hundred years old, was a complex task. The facade first had to be cleaned with special product due to the high degree of contamination with heavy efflorescence and sintering, The damaged joints were then repaired. The white natural stone elements of the façade were desalinated with compresses and then re-profiled and supplemented. This was followed by stone consolidation and hydrophobing. A mineral sealing was applied in the base area, which was finished with a new layer of plaster. Therefore protecting the building from further moisture ingress.
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Verwaltung staatlicher Botschaftsgebäude: GlavUpDK
Site address:
119049 Moscow
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The structure showed cracks in some places, for which there were different causes. Improved statics and higher load capacity were achieved by stiffening the structures, frictional connection of the disturbed foundation and decoupling the components gate, passage hall and gate houses components. Particularly on the western side, intense blackening of the rock surface had built up, which was strongly interlocked with the ground. The deposits were composed of a mixture of soot and plaster. The cleaning process carried out in 1990 with the help of water could only result in a superficial cleaning. In 2002, the newly developed method of particle beam cleaning and cleaning by laser made it possible to remove soot and plaster without destroying the original surface.
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On the façade surfaces of Kaispeicher A, there was a lot of efflorescence and lime aging, both signs of penetrating moisture. The damage patterns indicated a lack of frost resistance as well as no protection against driving rain. The listed façade required extensive frost and moisture protection, but was not allowed to undergo any visual changes.
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