Architects Rally to Save Moscow's Historic Shukhov Tower

00:00 - 17 March, 2014
Architects Rally to Save Moscow's Historic Shukhov Tower, Richard Pare, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © Richard Pare 2007
Richard Pare, Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © Richard Pare 2007

Tadao Ando, Elizabeth Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne are among the many signing a petition to urge Russian president Vladimir V. Putin to reconsider the fate of the neglected Shabolovka Radio Tower (Shukhov Tower), “a structure of dazzling brilliance and great historical importance,” as Norman Foster once described. Designed by Vladimir Shukhov and completed in 1922, the 160-meter hyperboloid structure is a 20th-century engineering feat that has served as a landmark of modernist architecture. 

Three Finalists Announced for Moscow's Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition

01:00 - 3 March, 2014
Three Finalists Announced for Moscow's Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition, ABD Architects. Image Courtesy of Entryway <<Ukraina>> Hotel Competition
ABD Architects. Image Courtesy of Entryway <<Ukraina>> Hotel Competition

The Ukraina Hotel, with the support of the non-state educational institution Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, have announced the finalists for the Ukraina Hotel Entryway competition. Designs from ABD Architects (Russia) in cooperation with Werner Sobek Moskwa (Russia), TPO Lesosplaw (Russia) in cooperation with Malishev Wilson Engineers (UK), and Studio 44 (Russia) have been chosen from a total of ten competing proposals, one of which will now be implemented by the client. Offering the chance to design a new entrance to one of Moscow's foremost landmarks, the winning scheme will provide a rare opportunity to work with an unique example of Stalinist architectural heritage.

Russian Character International Architecture Competition

01:00 - 27 February, 2014
Russian Character International Architecture Competition

The Morton Group announces the "Russian Character" International Architecture Competition to develop the concept for a Culture & Education Center.

Competition Entry: Moscow’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts / WAI Think Tank

01:00 - 27 February, 2014
Competition Entry: Moscow’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts / WAI Think Tank, Light Performance. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank
Light Performance. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank

Reaching the second stage of the international competition to design Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)which was won by Heneghan Peng Architects, WAI Think Tank put forth a proposal that projects the NCCA as not just a center "for the creation, study, and support of contemporary art in Russia" but also "a building as manifesto." WAI Think Tank focused on giving a flexible autonomy to the enclosed and external spaces, designing the galleries as extensions of the city, in an attempt to design "the first archetype of Museum as City." 

Exhibition Hall: Kapoor. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Children's Educational Centre. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Creative Residence. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank Exhibition Gallery: Paintings. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank +25

The Stadiums of Sochi

00:00 - 7 February, 2014
The Stadiums of Sochi, Fisht Olympic Stadium / Populous. Image © 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games
Fisht Olympic Stadium / Populous. Image © 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games

The 2014 Winter Olympics has commenced in Sochi within the shell of Populous’ Fabergé egg-inspired stadium. Built solely to host the opening and closing ceremonies, the Fisht Olympic Stadium's translucent polycarbonate roof bears a slight resemblance to the nearby, snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. Once the Games are complete, the stadium’s 40,000-seat capacity will be expanded to accommodate the 2018 FIFA World Cup, before retiring as a scaled-down, 25,000-seat home venue for the local football team. 

Populous’ stadium is just one of eleven purpose-built venues within the “Coastal Cluster” Olympic park. Check out a few others that caught our eye, after the break...

Gillespies and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Win “Park Russia” Masterplan

01:00 - 14 January, 2014
Gillespies and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Win “Park Russia” Masterplan, © Gillespies LLP
© Gillespies LLP

A team led by London-based masterplanners Gillespies has been announced as the winner of an international competition to design the largest theme park in Europe. Planned for a 1,000-hectare site in the Domodevdovo district of Moscow, “Park Russia” aims to merge concepts of healthy living, entertainment and education into one commercially attractive tourist destination.

The winning Cushman & Wakefield-led UK consortium includes architectural design firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, engineer Buro Happold, cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall and place makers Fourth Street.

Three Shortlisted for Contemporary Arts Center in Moscow

01:00 - 16 December, 2013
Three Shortlisted for Contemporary Arts Center in Moscow, Heneghan Peng Architects' NCCA proposal. Image Courtesy of NCCA
Heneghan Peng Architects' NCCA proposal. Image Courtesy of NCCA

The Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation has unveiled three shortlisted proposals for Moscow’s National Centre of Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The competition, now in its second and final stage, has selected these finalists from a longlist of ten, leaving behind proposals from Steven Holl Architects and other well-respected practices. 

Planned to become Russia’s main national institution for contemporary arts, the NCCA will host a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as lectures, professional conferences, concerts, performances, studios, art education facilities and more.

The three shortlisted finalists (and projects) are: 

"Art Palace" Cultural Complex Competition Entry / TOTEMENT | PAPER

01:00 - 14 December, 2013
"Art Palace" Cultural Complex Competition Entry / TOTEMENT | PAPER, View (winning scheme). Image Courtesy of TOTEMENT | PAPER
View (winning scheme). Image Courtesy of TOTEMENT | PAPER

TOTEMENT | PAPER's competition proposal to design an international multipurpose cultural and leisure exhibition complex, close to Moscow's Kremlin, centers around resolving the aesthetic disconnection, or "visual conflict", between the image of a modern European city - defined by the Ismailovo hotel complex - and the historic context of the site. Their designs (two variations of each other of which one has won the competition) do not blend into the existing cultural monuments but rather offer a modern antidote to the issues of scale, perception and "grandiose historical stylization" that currently exists.

Zhukovka XXI / UNK PROJECT Architects

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Zhukovka XXI / UNK PROJECT Architects, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin +32

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Winning Proposal for Zaryadye Park: "Wild Urbanism"

00:00 - 19 November, 2013

UPDATE: The video detailing Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal for Moscow's Zaryadye Park has just been released. In it the three partners discuss the central idea behind the proposal - "Wild Urbanism" - in which plants and people are of equal importance and "nature and architecture are merged into a seamless whole." They explain how each of Russia's varied landscapes - its tundra, steppe, forest, and wetland - will be imported to the park and overlapped into "enfolded nodes" that will house sustainable, artificial micro-climates that will allow for year-round use of the park. 

The Strelka Institute has announced the winner of the two-stage international competition to design Zaryadye park, Moscow's first park in over 50 years: Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The consortium led by the New York-based firm, beat out an impressive shortlist. Russian-led TPO “Reserve” came second and MVRDV third.

Zaryadye Park, 13 acres of land just a minute’s walk from the Kremlin and the Red Square, is hoped to “project a new image of Moscow and Russia to the world.” See the renderings from Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal for Moscow's new and most important public space, after the break...

Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal - Masterplan. Image Courtesy of KB Strelka Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal. Image Courtesy of KB Strelka Entrance from the Red Square - Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal. Image Courtesy of KB Strelka Diller Scofidio + Renfro's winning proposal. Image Courtesy of KB Strelka +6

Eight Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan Moscow Financial Center

01:00 - 11 November, 2013
Eight Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan Moscow Financial Center, IFC Site in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, Moscow
IFC Site in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, Moscow

Eight teams have been selected to participate in the second stage of an international competition to masterplan a new financial center west of “New Moscow”. Located in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, the 460 hectare mixed-use development will include the construction of offices, housing and hotels, as well as commercial and social infrastructure. 

The 8 shortlisted teams are:

Five Teams Shortlisted for “Russia” Theme Park

01:00 - 4 November, 2013
Five Teams Shortlisted for “Russia” Theme Park, Courtesy of Park "Russia"
Courtesy of Park "Russia"

The Russian Green Building Council has shortlisted five teams to continue on with the second stage of the international Park “Russia” competition, which plans to become the largest theme park in Europe. Designed to be a “trademark” for the country in Moscow’s Domodedovo district, the 1000 hectare “Russia” Theme Park aims to merge concepts of healthy living, entertainment and education into one, commercially attractive destination. 

The five shortlisted teams are:

Holl, Aravena Among Shortlist for Moscow's New Contemporary Art Center

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
Holl, Aravena Among Shortlist for Moscow's New Contemporary Art Center, National Centre for Contemporary Arts. Image Courtesy of Calvert Journal
National Centre for Contemporary Arts. Image Courtesy of Calvert Journal

The Russian Ministry of Culture has announced the shortlist of 10 architecture firms who will compete to design the museum and exhibition complex of Moscow's new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The NCCA, currently housed in a former factory in central Moscow, will be moved to Khoydynskoye Pole, a former airfield in northeast Moscow, as part of a larger urban planning project to develop the area. 

Ten firms were selected to advance to the second stage of the competition: five on the merit of their experience and portfolio; five on the merit of the preliminary architecture concepts submitted to the jury. See the shortlist, after the break...

Twelve Architects to Design Airport in Russia for 2018 World Cup

01:00 - 30 September, 2013
Twelve Architects to Design Airport in Russia for 2018 World Cup, Courtesy of Twelve Architects & Masterplanners
Courtesy of Twelve Architects & Masterplanners

London-based Twelve Architects & Masterplanners have won a competition to deliver a radical new airport for Rostov, Russia, just in time for the 2018 World Cup

'Serp & Molot' Factory International Competition

01:00 - 21 September, 2013
'Serp & Molot' Factory International Competition

The international competition for the architectural and urban planning concept of the 'Serp & Molot' Factory in Moscow opened its registration last week.

Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition

01:00 - 19 September, 2013
Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition

The OAO HOTEL UKRAINA, with the support of the non-state educational institution Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, are pleased to announce the opening of a competition for the redesign of the entryway to this cultural heritage site of regional significance. This two-stage competition, lasting from 17th September 2013 to 25th February 2014, gives architects from all over the world the rare chance to work with an example of Moscow’s unique Stalinist architectural heritage.

International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye Masterplan Competition

01:00 - 30 August, 2013
International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye Masterplan Competition, Courtesy of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye CJSC
Courtesy of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye CJSC

Organized by Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye CJSC, part of Sberbank Russia group of companies, the two-stage open international competition for the development of the masterplan of the International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye (Moscow, Russia) launches this Monday, September 2nd. The International Financial Centre is a 460 hectare mixed-use development project located in the west of ‘New Moscow’, in the floodplain of the Moscow River, five kilometers from the Moscow Outer Ring Road. The project involves the construction of offices, housing, hotels, commercial and social infrastructure. Applicants are required to have expertise in masterplanning of projects measuring over 30 hectares in order to qualify. The deadline for submissions is October 4th. For more information, please visit here.

Park "Russia" International Competition

01:00 - 12 August, 2013
Park "Russia" International Competition, Courtesy of Russian Green Building Council
Courtesy of Russian Green Building Council

Russian Green Building Council just announced the start of the international competition for the concept and financial model for Park "Russia" which is to become the largest theme park in Europe. Destined to become a unique tourist cluster, oriented to both domestic and foreign tourists, the park will be the first entertainment and educational park where visitors will have the reason to stay for more than one-two days. “Russia” Park will become a trademark of the country, where the promotion of healthy living, entertainment and educative functions are closely related to educational and recreational infrastructure, which, moreover, will be commercially attractive. The park will fully reflect the positive developments in the Russian society in recent years. The deadline to register is September 1. To register, and for more information, please visit here.