A gift certificate for a journey to New York was raffled off among friends and customers of Barkli Corporation in the fall of 2013, as part of the visit to Moscow by Robert Stern, the architect of Barkli Residence. At a special dinner, Robert Stern selected at hazard one of ten visiting cards left by guests to choose the winner. The gift certificate was handed over to the winner in the office of Barkli Corporation in April 2014.
The winner, Sergei Panchenko, one of the first buyers of apartments in Barkli Residence, shared with us his plans for the journey and how it feels to meet a famous architect.
Sergei, let us congratulate you. It is quite symbolical that you, one of the very first buyers of apartments in Barkli Residence, won the trip to New York. Tell us what drew your attention to this residence?
We liked a lot the location of the residence. We were thinking of buying a property in the Donskoy District and had been waiting for a suitable option for quite a long. And there it was. We made the decision almost instantly as soon as we learned about Barkli Residence. We did not even wait for the presentation and so got to be among the first.
Another aspect that caught my personal attention was that the project was designed by an architect firm, and so renowned at that. The fact that we are buying a finished apartment in Barkli Residence is also an advantage. All the more so that we are offered several styles to choose at a time. Quite funny that we had first chosen a finishing style, the more modern Liberty, but then after visiting the show room and personally opening all doors and drawers (laughing), we changed our mind for the more classical Balance.
How important is the architectural component when choosing a residence?
It’s critical. Moreover, I do like neoclassicism, the actual style of Barkli Residence.
What are your plans about the trip to New York?
Apart from usual tourist routes, we will surely go to baseball and basketball games. I have already promised it to my son. My wife and I are planning to visit the headquarters of Robert A. M. Stern Architects (When announcing the winner, Robert Stern invited him to visit the office during the journey – editor’s note)
When you met Robert Stern during the special dinner in November, what did he look to you, what was your impression of him?
Robert looked rather serious, but friendly. It is quite exciting to meet the architect of your future home, and such a respectable man at that. When we started thinking of the purchase, we studied information on Robert A. M. Stern Architects. The firm turned out to have projects in more than 25 world countries. We were very happy and amazed to learn that Barkli Residence is the first project of this renowned architect in Russia.
Barkli Corporation wishes Sergei and his family an unforgettable journey