SVESMI is a Dutch-Russian office for architecture, urbanism, and cultural programming. Office was founded in 2007 by Alexander Sverdlov (Architect) and Anastassia Smirnova (Stage designer) in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), with the sole purpose of producing intelligent, integrated, and transformative designs. After a series of projects in Russia, SVESMI has established a branch office in Moscow at the end of 2012.

SVESMI projects - whether a scheme for the reinvention of the municipal library system or an educational program for an experimental school, a social housing project in the city center or a public building in a small town - are based on a holistic, multidisciplinary thinking and a systematic approach.

SVESMI team works for municipalities, private entities, cultural, and educational institutions helping to formulate tasks effectively and puts together project briefs in close collaboration with a client.
SVESMI basics
We love systems and always work with complex connections, relationships, and networks.

We love architecture and understand it as an effective production of meaningful spaces.

Our work is research-based and is always defined by our proper knowledge of contexts.
We create new typologies that people will need in the near future but do not know about yet.
We rethink the existing fabric of cities and explore the possibilities to reuse and reprogram historically valuable structures.
We also turn obsolete offices, retail, and apartment buildings into spaces that attract attention: they become the new and unique hubs of urban activity.
We have a wide network of diverse experts both in Russia and in the Netherlands and can quickly assemble a highly customised international team with a knowledge and expertise of the local contexts in two countries.
We also pay special attention to the professional exchange between Dutch and Russian professional scenes, organising events, workshops, and educational programs to support a free flow of ideas and projects in both directions.
SVESMI acts as an architectural start-up: it initiates experimental projects and finds investors to support them at the later stages of the development.
Marc Ryan (Public Work) CA, Marieke Kums (MAKS) NL, IND NL, Nikita Tokarev/Arseniy Leonovich (Panacom) RU, Kees Christiaanse (KCAP) NL, Bart Goldhorn (ASNOVA), International New Town Institute NL, Crimson Architectural Historians NL, Andreas Huhn/Olga Aleksakova (Buromoscow) DE/NL, de Architekten Cie NL, Yuriy Grigorian (MEGANOM) RU, Peter Mensinga (ARUP Amsterdam) NL, Stephenson Bell Architects UK, Dooley Associates UK, Kayoko Ota JP, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design RU, David Koezen (DALAB) NL, Boris Kupriyanov (Falanster) RU,
2013 Место встречи, или Фантастическая библиотека. В рамках программы Россия-Голландия Библиотека Достоевского
2013 Полевая читальня Фестиваль «Архстояние 2013»
2012 Eurohigh Venice International Biennale
2010 Microrayon Tomorrow Международная выставка архитектурыи дизайна АРХ Москва
2009 Footsteps of Urbanization Hong Kong Architecture Biennale, 2009
2009 Collective City 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
2007 Chastity Belt, Moscow Prefabricated Rotterdam Architecture Biennale
2015 Archdaily The Best Articles of 2014: Reimagining 448 Local Libraries in Moscow, One Space at a Time.
2015 The city scale narrative
2014 Афиша Презентация концепции шести московских культурных центров
2014 AD Magazine Реконструкция библиотек в Москве
2014 Проект Россия Реорганизация московских библиотек
2014 Harvard Design Magazine #37 Dark matter, ditch urbanism revisited
2013 Aфиша Новые библиотеки Как изменилась Библиотека имени Достоевского на Чистопрудном бульваре
2013 Афиша Новые библиотеки Библиотека «Проспект» на Ленинском открылась после реконструкции
2013 The Village Как изменятся московские библиотеки: 5 пилотных проектов
2012 Strelka Press Перевод книги Рема Колхаса «Нью-йорк вне себя»
2012 Афиша Путеводитель по Амстердаму
2011 Monu #14 Naked Lunch, A Stark Honest Discussion on Renewal
2010 Nederland wordt anders Onderzoeklab 4, Rivierenwijk, Heerhugowaard
2010 Volume #22 Realness: On Russian Guides and World Cities
2010 Volume #21 The Block
2010 AA L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui #378
2009 0047 publications NORTHERN EXPERIMENTS The Barents Urban Survey 2009
2009 Sun Architecture Collective city
2009 NAi Publishers Visionary cities
2007 Taschen The State of the Hermitage, content by Rem Koolhaas and OMA/AMO
2007 NAi Uitgevers Moscow Prefabricated article
2007 Project International Crème de la crème
2007 Hatje Cantz Publishers Shrinking cities: Volume 1, Five Points for the City of Yuzha