The Growth Of “Hipster Stalinism” In Areas Of Moscow

Door19 / P H. D. Image Courtesy of ArtKvartal

In an article for The Guardian, Maryam Omidi explores ’s Door19, a place where “Damien Hirst and David LaChapelle artworks adorn the raw concrete walls,” “flair bartenders serve up gem-coloured cocktails,” and “a rotation of Michelin-starred chefs flown in from around the world curate new menus each week.” It is indicative, she argues, of what Kuba Snopek (a lecturer at the Strelka Institute) describes as “hipster Stalinism” – a surge of redevelopment in certain parts of Moscow that cater to the ‘oligarchs’, wealthy creatives and Muscovite ‘hipsters’. At Door19, for example, apartments sell for between $15,000 and $20,000 per square metre.

Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront

Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom

Russian practice Project Meganom has been announced as the winner in a to drastically transform the Moscow riverfront. Their masterplan proposal aims to create a series of linear green spaces, while also incorporating new cultural and education spaces along the waterfront and improving the surrounding public transport. Announced at the IV annual Moscow Urban Forum which opened earlier today, the goal of the competition was to return the Moscow river from a “barrier” into a “link” in the city, restoring its historical status as the city’s heart and most important transportation route.

Read on after the break for more details of Project Meganom’s masterplan

Nefa Architects Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Solntsevo Metro Station

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Moscow-based architectural studio Nefa Architects (Nefaresearch) have been chosen to redesign the Solntsevo metro station. Their project, which is designed to “create a solar spray effect” on the station’s subterranean platform, won an international competition whose winners were ultimately chosen by Moscow’s citizens.

U-R-A Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Novoperedelkino Subway Station

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More than 300,000 citizens have chosen U-R-A | United Riga Architects to redesign the Novoperedelkino metro station. Aiming to revive the tradition of unique designs for Moscow metro stations, the winning scheme plans to illuminate the underground station with a series of lighted metal panels perforated with archetypal Moscow motifs.

Stampsy & IO Studio / Archiproba

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Architects: Archiproba
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Tamara Muradova
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Olya Eichenbaum

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 / P H. D

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Architects: P H. D
Location: ,
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ArtKvartal

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

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SVESMI, an unassuming studio based in central Rotterdam, is at the center of a dauntingly complex project that may eventually see the renovation of 448 dilapidated and disused branch libraries in Moscow. Architects Anastassia Smirnova and Alexander Sverdlov balance their time between Rotterdam, 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: ,
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 , “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: ,
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, Moscow, . 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 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. Nikola-Lenivets 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: , Russia
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.