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10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

09:30 - 31 May, 2015
10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings", Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley
Fiat Tagliero, Asmara. Image © Flickr user David Stanley

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex +11

AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto

07:00 - 18 May, 2015
AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto, © Denis Esakov
© Denis Esakov

Despite being one of the seminal works of modern Scandinavian architecture, Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library languished in relative obscurity for three-quarters of a century until its media breakthrough in late 2014. Its receipt of the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for a recent renovation was covered by news outlets around the world, bringing the 1935 building previously unseen levels of attention and scrutiny.

This renaissance is nothing less than extraordinary. Abandoned for over a decade and allowed to fall into complete disrepair, the building was once so forgotten that many believed it had actually been demolished. [1] For decades, architects studied Aalto’s project only in drawings and prewar black-and-white photographs, not knowing whether the original was still standing, and if it was, how it was being used. Its transformation from modern icon to deserted relic to architectural classic is a tale of political intrigue, warfare, and the perseverance of a dedicated few who saved the building from ruin.

© Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov © Denis Esakov +44

Proekt Agency / Iceoff

23:00 - 7 May, 2015
Proekt Agency / Iceoff, Courtesy of Iceoff
Courtesy of Iceoff
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Area

    108.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Iceoff

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Open Call: Competition Seeks Ideas for Königsberg Cultural Center

19:00 - 5 May, 2015
Open Call: Competition Seeks Ideas for Königsberg Cultural Center, Courtesy of Urban Planning Bureau "Heart of the City"
Courtesy of Urban Planning Bureau "Heart of the City"

The Kaliningrad Region Government, in collaboration with the Kaliningrad City Administration and the Non-Profit Partnership ”Urban Planning Bureau 'Heart of the City'” has launched an open international design competition for an architectural design of the Governmental historic and cultural complex on the grounds of the former order castle Königsberg in Kaliningrad (“Post-castle,” 4,5 ha). The competition aims to find a contemporary architectural image of Kaliningrad's historic center, while accommodate for new functions, such as a concert hall, museum of archaeology, and history museum of the King's castle.

Kurumoch International Airport and VIP-Lounges / Nefa Architects

23:00 - 1 May, 2015
Kurumoch International Airport and VIP-Lounges / Nefa Architects, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Samara, Samara Oblast, Russia
  • Airport architect

    Margarita Kornienko
  • Vip Lounge architect

    Maria Nasonova
  • Area

    22500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +14

PUBLICIS GROUPE / VOX Architects

03:00 - 14 April, 2015
PUBLICIS GROUPE / VOX Architects, © Alexey Knyazev
© Alexey Knyazev
  • Architects

  • Location

    Leningradskiy prospekt, Moskva, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Voskoboynikov, Maria Akhremenkova
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev +32

House in the Moscow Region / M2 Architectural Group

16:00 - 8 April, 2015
House in the Moscow Region / M2 Architectural Group, © Eugene Kulibaba
© Eugene Kulibaba

© Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba +21

SuperSurfaceSpace Moscow / Metrogramma

03:00 - 26 March, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    ulitsa Lva Tolstogo, Moskva, Russia
  • Design Team

    Francesco Betta - TD of Metrogramma, Egor Fufachev, Andrea Casazza, Giuseppe Bandieramonte, Maria Novozhilova, Thomas Ernesto Rotondo, Niccolo Spadoni
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +22

URALCHEM HEADQUARTERS / Pedra Silva Arquitectos

23:00 - 24 March, 2015
URALCHEM HEADQUARTERS / Pedra Silva Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Luis Pedra Silva and Maria Rita Pais
  • Design Team

    André Góis, Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Hugo Ferreira, João Alves, Paulo André, Ricardo Sousa
  • Area

    3370.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +25

Birdman's Nest / ARCHI TE KTO

23:00 - 21 March, 2015
Birdman's Nest / ARCHI TE KTO, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, 8 строение 1, Moskva, Russia, 123317
  • Design Team

    Murat Sakhtaryek, Kirill Zverev, Tatiana Yakovleva
  • Project Management

    Aleksandr Gornov, Maxim Panferov
  • Area

    208.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +23

FR-EE Among 6 Shortlisted to Envision Atomic Energy Pavilion in Russia

15:00 - 17 March, 2015
FR-EE Among 6 Shortlisted to Envision Atomic Energy Pavilion in Russia, Site. Image Courtesy of ROSATOM
Site. Image Courtesy of ROSATOM

Six teams have been shortlisted in stage-two of a competition to develop ideas for Russia’s “Atomic Energy Pavilion” in Moscow. Planned for a site at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy, the pavilion is intended to share the “history of the native nuclear industry” and its “contribution into modern economic development” as well as provide an open “communication forum” for the ROSATOM and the general public. 

The six finalists are…

Moscow's High Rise Bohemia: The International Business District With No Business

09:30 - 17 March, 2015
Moskva City. Image © Kirill Vinokurov
Moskva City. Image © Kirill Vinokurov

The Moscow International Business Center (Also known as Moskva-City) was meant to be Russia’s ticket into the Western world. First conceived in 1992, the district at the edge of Moscow’s city center is intended to contain up to 300,000 inhabitants, employees and visitors at any given moment and, when completed, will house over 4 million square meters of prime retail, hotel and office space to create what the Russian government desired most from this project: an enormous financial district that could dwarf London’s Canary Wharf and challenge Manhattan. Twenty three years later though, Moscow-based real estate company Blackwood estimates that as much as 45% of this new space is entirely vacant and rents have plummeted far below the average for the rest of Moscow. The only press Moskva-City is attracting is for tenants like the High Level Hostel, a hostel catering to backpackers and other asset-poor tourists on the 43rd floor of the Imperia Tower, with prices starting at $25.50 for a bed in a six-person room. This is not the glittering world of western high finance that was envisioned back in the post-Soviet 90s; but what has it become instead?

Moscow's Third Ring Road, the main road link to Moskva-City. Image © Flickr user kishjar? Moskva-City, with the City of Capitals towers on the left and the Imperia Tower on the right. Image © Pavel Kazachkov Moskva City. Image © Flickr user kishjar? © Flickr user Jay +8

NGRS Recruiting Company HQ / Crosby Studios

06:00 - 17 March, 2015
NGRS Recruiting Company  HQ  / Crosby Studios, © Evgeny Evgrafov
© Evgeny Evgrafov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia, 125009
  • Architects in Charge

    Harry Nuriev, Olga Boris, Dmitry Vorontsov
  • Area

    168.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov +19

Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S' Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow

09:00 - 11 March, 2015
Competition Entry: WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S' Proposal for New Medical Center Moscow, Courtesy of WE architecture
Courtesy of WE architecture

WE architecture and CREO ARKITEKTER A/S have won one of three prizes in the first phase of an invited competition to design a new Moscow Medical Center. Combining the functionalism of today's healthcare with the humanistic qualities of past architecture, the proposal introduces a facility fine-tuned for those inside.

Learn more about the proposal, after the break.

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Apartment in Moscow / M17

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
Apartment in Moscow / M17, Courtesy of A.Volkov
Courtesy of A.Volkov
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kazarmennyy pereulok, 3, Moskva, Russia, 109028
  • Design Team

    A. Volkov, E. Vinogradova
  • Area

    158.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of A.Volkov

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Last Call: Architects Summoned to Envision Public Space for Moscow’s Kristall City

17:00 - 22 February, 2015
Last Call: Architects Summoned to Envision Public Space for Moscow’s Kristall City, © CENTER Agency of Strategic Development
© CENTER Agency of Strategic Development

Architects interested in proposing ideas for a new public space in Kristall City, a former territory of legendary Moscow distillery, have until Tuesday (February 24) to submit applications. Organized by KRAYS development and the CENTER Agency of Strategic Development, the competition is calling on all architects and designers to consider three sites to host the cities premier public space. The newly developed area aims to “share the future look of the quarter” and establish a “new type of public space made out of form industrial city territories. Learn more and apply, here

Holy Fox Café / Mikhail Kozlov

01:00 - 18 February, 2015
Holy Fox Café / Mikhail Kozlov, © Frank Herfort
© Frank Herfort
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kitay-Gorod, Moskva, Russia, 101000
  • Architect in Charge

    Mikhail Kozlov
  • Area

    170.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Frank Herfort © Frank Herfort © Frank Herfort © Frank Herfort +15

"A Message to Everybody": The Red Square Pavilion Winners on Encouraging Tolerance with Architecture

01:00 - 16 February, 2015
"A Message to Everybody": The Red Square Pavilion Winners on Encouraging Tolerance with Architecture, Courtesy of HMMD
Courtesy of HMMD

Announced in the summer of 2014 the Red Square Tolerance Pavilion, an international ideas competition organized by HMMD, was a deliberately provocative proposal before any teams had even entered - a statement planned in an envronment where tolerance is an increasingly urgent topic, for people both inside and outside Russia. In this interview, originally published by Strelka Magazine, the Italian winners of the competition discuss their proposal and its response to this charged context.

This January the winners of the ‘Red Square Tolerance Pavilion’ competition that was organised by international organisation HMMD were announced. The first prize was given to a team of architects from Italy. Their bold and daring project proposed to build the pavilion right against the Kremlin wall. Strelka Magazine caught up with Kiana Jalali, Marco Merigo, Alessandro Vitale and Matteo Pagani to discuss fluidity of space, the symbolism behind their design and the media image of Russia.

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