I don’t think you’ll be coming here specifically to see this building, but if you are on the way to the Street Art Museum, take a look at this Benois, too. You can spot it from a bus or taxi window when your driver turns left from the embankment.
I have worked at this building from the time it was built and filled with offices, so I see it almost every day. It’s not your regular business center (though inside it looks quite regular) and it looks even more impressive in the night when all the pictures on the facade are lit.
The architectural bureau NPS Tchoban Voss have built Benois on the spot where the old plant had been previously demolished. It’s quite industrial, this city district. In 2008, Benois got the “best building” award from Made In Future magazine.
The building was named after Alexandre Benois, an artist and a designer for the Ballets Russes under Sergei Diaghilev. Benois participated with Igor Stravinsky and Michel Fokine in the creation of Petrushka (1911), to which he contributed much of the scenario as well as the stage sets and costumes.
Those Benois’ sketches for this Petrushka are all over the Benois building now. I think it’s beautiful.