E:MG Advertising Agency / VOX Architects

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Architects: VOX Architects
Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: Boris Voskoboynikov
Area: 12000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

Door19 / ArtKvartal

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Architects: ArtKvartal
Location: , Russia
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ArtKvartal

Reimagining 448 Local Libraries in Moscow, One Space at a Time

Interior Collage – #185. Image © SVESMI

SVESMI, an unassuming studio based in central , is at the center of a dauntingly complex project that may eventually see the renovation of 448 dilapidated and disused branch libraries in . Architects Anastassia Smirnova and Alexander Sverdlov balance their time between , which acts as their design studio, and Moscow from which, alongside architects Maria Kataryan and Pavel Rueda, they oversee the project at large. Faced by the potential challenge of reimagining over 450 public ‘living rooms’ spread across the Russian capital and demanding unusually high levels of spatial articulation and social understanding, the Open Library project is also unwinding the hidden narrative of Moscow’s local libraries.

Around Fireplace / Ruetemple

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Architects: Ruetemple
Location: , Russia
Design Team: Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ruetemple

Groundlab + WOWHAUS Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Largest Park

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Groundlab, WOWHAUS and Urbanica have been announced as winners of an international competition to redesign Sokolniki Park, Moscow’s largest park. Over the next 15 years, their 515 hectare masterplan, “Sokolniki. Nature’s embassy in Moscow,” will focus on preserving the 19th century park’s unique natural as an extension of the Losiny Ostrov nature park by dividing it into three zones: Forest, Forest Park and Regular Park.

Images of the winning design, after the break.

ASTOC and HPP Selected to Masterplan Moscow’s New Finance Center

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ASTOC and HPP have been announced as winners of a two-stage competition to masterplan “New Moscow’s” International Financial Center (IFC) in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The phased, 460 hectare development will capitalize on the Moscow River’s greenbelt by extending the river throughout the IFC to achieve a balance between nature and city.

More information, images and a video about the winning proposal, after the break…

ProfMedia Management / UNK project

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Architects: UNK project
Location: Moscow,
Architect In Charge: Nikolay Milovidov, Anna Dykhanova, Sergey Markin, Tatyana Kulikova
Area: 2270.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sergey Ananyev

Shortlist Announced for the Moscow Metro Station Competition

Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov

Competitions results for the first stage of the Moscow Metro Station for Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino have been announced. Aiming to revive the tradition of unique designs for Moscow metro stations since the 1930s-50s, this is the first time in the recent expansion of Moscow’s Metro system that a  has been used to find an architect. 

The jury at the Committee for Architecture and of Moscow has chosen 10 finalists out of approximately 100 entries who will continue to work on the architectural design concepts of the stations until November. See images of all ten proposals after the break. 

Shukhov Radio Tower Saved by Moscow City Hall

Shabolovka Radio Tower, , Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © Richard Pare 2007

Moscow‘s Cultural Heritage Department has stepped in to save Vladimir Shukhov‘s historic 1922 Shabolovka Radio Tower, with a conservation order protecting its materials, architectural composition, structural elements and location. The news will be a relief to the many architects – including Tadao AndoElizabeth DillerRem Koolhaas and Thom Mayne  – who agreed with Norman Foster that the tower is “a structure of dazzling brilliance and great historical importance”, and signed a petition urging for the structure to be saved.

Thanks to the conservation order, the neglected building will have to be repaired, and Moscow City Hall now hopes to collaborate with Russia‘s national government to organize an open international the restoration and re-purposing of the 160m tower.

Read on after the break for more on the Shukhov Tower’s proposed future

Step Inside This Brain-Like Pavilion for an Eerie Architectural Light Show

Have you ever wondered what a thought might look like traveling through your brain? In a recent installation in Moscow‘s Nikola-Lenivets park, media design firm Radugadesign animated the inner workings of the human brain with an innovative video projection. Universal Mind, a sculptural installation by artist Nikolay Polisskyserves as the immobile backdrop for the elaborate project. Over the course of nearly eight minutes, Polissky’s brain-like sculpture explodes into a maelstrom of light and sound, with carefully curated streams of energetic colour interspersed with dark scenes of manufactured glimmering starlight.

The New Media Night Festival orchestrated the installation on July 5th with over five thousand in attendance across the three-day festival. park is home to 28 different public sculptural installations.

DI Telegraph / Archiproba

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Architects: Archiproba
Location: Moscow,
Architect In Charge: Tamara Muradova, Askar Ramazanov
Area: 1400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

Office Design / IND Architects

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Architects: IND Architects
Location: ,
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alexey Zarodov

“Moskva: Urban Space” Investigates the Future of Moscow’s Public Realm at the 2014 Venice Biennale

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In their collateral event for the debut of the pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the exhibition “Moskva: urban space“ explores the historic development of public spaces and examines the city’s progress in the context of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s winning proposal for Zaryadye Park. Curated by Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow together with Kristin Kristin Feireiss from AEDES, and organized by MCA – Moscow Committee of Architecture and Urban Development, the exhibition comes at a pivotal moment in determining the future of urban development in Moscow. As Kuznetsov states, “While the face of Moscow in the past 100 years was largely determined by the architecture of its buildings, representing political and economic developments, today’s urban singularity is based on the “connective fabric” of its public spaces that have become equally important identity-makers and contributes significantly to improving the quality of urban life for its citizens.” To see photos of the exhibition by Patricia Parinejad and learn more about the story behind it, continue reading after the break.

Office of the brand agency Svoyo mneniye / za bor Architects

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Architects: za bor Architects
Location: Bolshaya Tatarskaya ulitsa, 35, , , 115184
Architect In Charge: Peter Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of za bor Architects

Winy Maas Selected as Curator for Strelka Institute’s Upcoming Academic Year

WoZoCo / MVRDV. Image Courtesy of Samuel Ludwig

Dutch architect Winy Maas has been selected as the curator for the Strelka Institute’s 2014-2015 academic year. One of the co-founders of Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV, Maas also lectures and teaches all over the world, most recently serving as a visiting professor of architectural design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a professor of architecture and at Delft University of Technology.

Last Chance to Apply for Free Study at the Strelka Institute

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With applications closing on the 26th of July, those wishing to apply to the prestigious Strelka Institute in Moscow need to act fast. The Strelka Institute is a non-governmental research institute with a particular focus on the City, using multidisciplinary techniques from fields as varied as sociology, economics, architecture, political and cultural studies. Since 2012, Strelka has been among DOMUS Magazine’s top 100 European Schools of Design and Architecture.

Successful applicants will study at the Strelka institute for free, with each student receiving a monthly scholarship to focus on their studies.

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V Confession Agency Office / M17

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Location: Obydenskiy Pereulok, Moscow,
Area: 156 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: U.Palmin, A.Volkov

A Provocative Possible Future for Moscow’s Failing Business District

What can you do with a business district that has an office vacancy rate of 40%, is completely separated from its surroundings and is facing increasing competition from business centers emerging throughout the city? These are questions that are increasingly being asked about Moscow‘s International Business District, the symbol of capitalism that was planned in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union, yet is still under construction today.

Eduardo Cassina and Liva Dudareva, founders of METASITU and researchers at the Strelka Institute, have proposed a provocative idea in response to this dilemma: envisaging the business district’s future in 2041, they imagine a scenario where the district is linked by underground metro to Sheremetyevo And Domodedovo airports in the North and South – forming the world’s first mega-, and the first one where it is possible to live in the terminal building without ever leaving.

Read on after the break for more explanation of idea