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Exhibition: Zaha Hadid at The State Hermitage Museum

The first retrospective exhibition of her work in Russia, Zaha Hadid at The State Hermitage Museum provides unprecedented insight into the work of Zaha Hadid in a mid-career retrospective highlighting her exploration of the Russian Avant-garde at the beginning of her career, and the continuing influence of its core principles on her work today.

The exhibition, in the historic Nicolaevsky Hall of the Winter Palace, showcases many of the seminal paintings, drawings, models and design objects of Hadid’s forty-year repertoire; conveying the ingenuity and dynamism of her architectural projects in variety of media including film, photography and installations.

Bagritsky / Ruetemple

  • Architects: Ruetemple
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area: 80.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ruetemple

© Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple © Ruetemple

AD Classics: Viipuri Library / Alvar Aalto

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.

The restored lecture hall. Image © Flickr user ninara Main lobby. Image © The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library and Petri Neuvonen Looking toward the central circulation desk. Image Courtesy of The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library Pre-1940 photograph of the library adjacent to the Viipuri Cathedral. Image Courtesy of The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library

Proekt Agency / Iceoff

  • Architects: Iceoff
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Area: 108.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Iceoff

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Kurumoch International Airport and VIP-Lounges / Nefa Architects

  • Architects: Nefa 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

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PUBLICIS GROUPE / VOX Architects

  • Architects: VOX 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 © Alexey Knyazev

House in the Moscow Region / M2 Architectural Group

  • Architects: M2 Architectural Group
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Alexander Zhidkov
  • Area: 275.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Eugene Kulibaba

© Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba © Eugene Kulibaba

SuperSurfaceSpace Moscow / Metrogramma

  • Architects: Metrogramma
  • 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

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URALCHEM HEADQUARTERS / Pedra Silva Arquitectos

  • Architects: Pedra Silva Arquitectos
  • 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

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Birdman's Nest / ARCHI TE KTO

  • Architects: ARCHI TE KTO
  • 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

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

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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Holy Fox Café / Mikhail Kozlov

  • Architects: Mikhail Kozlov
  • 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 © Frank Herfort

Barkli Park / Atrium Studio

  • Architects: Atrium Studio
  • Location: ulitsa Sovetskoy Armii, Moskva, Russia
  • Architect In Charge: Anton Nadtochiy, Vera Butko, Georgiy Miroshnichenko, Alexander Malygin, Anna Alenicheva, Anastasia Mikheeva, Roman Kuzmin, Elena Valuiskikh
  • Area: 2975.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atrium Studio

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Bulka Cafe and Bakery / Crosby Studios

  • Architects: Crosby Studios
  • Location: Gorky Institute, Moscow, Russia, 123104
  • Chief Architect: Harry Nuriev
  • Landscape Architect: Anna Andreeva
  • Area: 228.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Evgeny Evgrafov

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Microsoft Technology Pavilion / Nowadays

  • Architects: Nowadays
  • Location: Olympic Park Railway Station, Verkhne-Imeretinskaya Bukhta, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, 354383
  • Design Team: Anna Ivyanskaya, Natalya Mastalerzh, Nata Tatunashvili
  • Area: 575.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

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