Out of many gentrified art clusters in Moscow my personal favorite is ‘Arma’. Not only because I worked in a company that had their office there, so I had a chance to learn everything about all the cute spots to hang out after the workday’s end. I just love the vibe, the fact that in the very beginning it was a gas plant, so some buildings are actually former gas holders. I love the color of its red-brick walls, which makes them a perfect background for creative photos.
Well now, let’s have a history lesson. The construction of the Moscow gas plant started back in 1865, when it became clear the city needed gas for street lighting. The plant was launched at the end of 1866, providing gas for illumination in central Moscow. Soon several gas-holders were built. In some time, a newly built Moscow gas plant became the biggest of its kind in the whole world!
It came through the 20th century with all the dramatic historical events. It was adapted, reconstructed and even reoriented in order to produce gas shut-off valves (its name ‘Arma’ derives from ‘armature’). Then the production stopped, and buildings of the former gas plant were leased.
Today, apart from offices, Arma has a lot more to offer: eateries, unique shops, showrooms, and many cool spots. It’s a pleasure to be there, walking around, or sitting in one of cafés. Hint: be there on a weekend so you can experience Arma without crowds, and enjoy it.