Shukhov Tower’s Fate Put to a Vote

Aleksander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower (1929)

Despite severe corrosion, with almost 70% of one its six sections “thoroughly corroded” according to the government, ’s 1922 radio tower has never been restored. Earlier this year, a large group of international architects petitioned the government to save the tower, one of only 20 or so of Shukhov’s 200 towers still standing in . Now Moscow’s government has put the fate of the landmark tower to a public vote.

Until July 6 Moscovites can use the  “Engaged Citizen” app to support one of four actions: hold an open competition to restore the tower, move the tower to a new location, move it to its historic location on Shabolovka street, or invent a new solution.

What do you think should be done? Let us know in the comments below.

Smena Fitness Club / za bor architects

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Architects: za bor architects
Location: Moscow,
Architects In Charge: Pyotr Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko
Area: 1291.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of za bor architects

Ether / Project Meganom

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Architects: Project Meganom
Location: Butikovskiy pereulok, 7, , , 119034
Architects In Charge: Yury Grigoryan, Alexandra Pavlova, Iliya Kuleshov
Collaborators: U. Villen, V. Zherebtsov
Area: 930.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Project Meganom, Marco Zanta

Conceptual Framework for the Development of Sokolniki Park Competition

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Sokolniki Park of Culture and Rest and the ArchPolis Centre for Territorial Initiatives, with support from the City of Department of Culture and the City of Agency for Parks and Recreation (Mosgorpark), announce a competition to generate a conceptual framework for the development of Sokolniki Park.

Developing green space and parks has been an important aspect of Moscow government policy in recent years. Among the most prominent examples are the comprehensive renovation of Gorky Park and its connected river embankments, current reconstruction of the historic VDNKh exhibition centre and a completed design competition for the new Zaryadye Park next to the Kremlin. Reconstruction of Sokolniki Park is the most recent step toward widespread transformation of public space in the capital.

For more information please visit the competition’s official website.

Loft Apartment / Ruetemple

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Architects: Ruetemple
Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina, Natalia Gubareva
Area: 150 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ruetemple

Plans Underway for “Russian Tate Modern”

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Rumor has it that Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov’s Bakhmetevsky bus garage may soon be transformed into ’s prime modern art gallery. An “equivalent to London’s Tate Modern,” as the Calvert Journal describes, the historic 1927 structure has been said to be the most likely location for the new museum, dubbed “.”

Istra Tennis Club / Za Bor Architects

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Architects: Za Bor Architects
Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: Peter Zaytsev, Arseniy Borisenko
Area: 4,890 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Za Bor Architects

The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Europe

Metropol Tower, Istanbul. Image © Metropol Istanbul

A study conducted by Emporis, the international provider of building data, has revealed that Moscow is set to retain its title as the skyscraper capital of Europe. Already home to 4 of ’s top 5 – including the Mercury City Tower, ’s current tallest at 338m – is also home to 6 of the 10 tallest European Buildings under construction. Three of these buildings will also surpass the height of the Mercury City Tower.

However, despite having the greatest concentration of supertall buildings, Moscow is set to lose its crown for the tallest building in Europe to St Petersburg, with the 463m Lakhta Center due for completion in 2018. Also making the top 10 list with 3 buildings being constructed over 250m is Istanbul. You can see the full top 10 list after the break.

MVRDV Wins Competition to Convert Russian Steel Factory Into Mixed-Use Neighborhood

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Chief Architect of Moscow Sergei Kuznetsov yesterday announced MVRDV as the winners in the competition for the refurbishment of the Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory in Eastern . The design by MVRDV is respectful of the history of the 19th-century steel factory, reinterpreting the existing fabric of the site into 1.8 million square meters of mixed-use space, including housing, offices, retail, schools and a local hospital.

Read on after the break for more project description

4th Moscow Biennale Architecture

This year ARCH is held within the 4th Moscow Biennale Architecture. The Biennale fully reflects the latest architectural trends and promotes technical innovations, stylistic researches and experimentation in the field of design ideas. The best examples of domestic and foreign architectural achievements are displayed and the principles of development of the quality architectural environment are professionally discussed. Traditionally, ARCH MOSCOW is the best platform for establishing business contacts in the field of architecture, development and construction.

The theme for this year’s Biennale is ‘Urban Blocks’. From the curator’s manifesto: “It aims to show examples of this approach through projects by Russian and foreign architects, but also by showing best practices from countries around the world, especially those where a similar transition towards the urban block has taken place or is taking place at this moment.”

For more information on the 4th Moscow Biennale Architecture please click here.

Title: 4th Moscow Biennale Architecture
Website: http://2014.moscowarchbiennale.ru
From: Wed, 21 May 2014
Until: Sat, 24 May 2014 
Venue: Central House of Artist
Address: Moscow,

Garage CCC Education Center / FORM Bureau

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Architects: FORM Bureau
Location: , , 119049
Architects In Charge: Olga Treiwas, Vera Odyn, Daria Sheina
Area: 1215.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Asya Baranova

Strelka Unsettled: A New Future for Moscow’s Most Neglected Architecture?

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The Strelka Institute, Moscow’s most innovative school for architecture and urbanism, “might be soon forced to leave its current venue in the heart of the Russian capital” due to proposed redevelopment of the area. Faced by the threat of this possibility, the school formed a competition in order to collect ideas for the relocation. The winning proposal, developed by Squadra Komanda, proposes a “visionary program of development for the disputed and immense architectural legacy from the late-Soviet period.”

Late Soviet architecture constitutes “almost two third of all buildings in .” As it represents “an unpleasant reminder of the recent past,” many Russians dislike this kind of building. As a result, the Strelka Unsettled, with the possibility for collaboration with the outdated cultural institutions hosted inside the building of the All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (built in 1966), seeks to offer new scenarios for this “neglected kind of architecture.”

Three Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan New Finance Center in Moscow

Three teams have been chosen to advance in the third and final round of a competition to the new International Financial Center (IFC) in “New .” Once complete, the 460 hectare mixed-use development will add offices, housing and hotels, as well as commercial and social infrastructure to the area of Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye. The finalists are…

Nagatino 2.0 Coworking Center / Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

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Architects: Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio
Location: Varshavskoye Shosse, 28А, Moscow, , 117186
Design Team: Ruslan Aydarov, Anna Timofeeva, Irina Sigova
Area: 748.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ruslan Aydarov Architecture Studio

Gary Tatintsian Gallery / SPEECH Architectural Office

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Architects: SPEECH Architectural Office
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Sergei Tchoban, Andrey Perlich
Design Team: M.Grishanov, A.Kozyreva, M.Rasskazova, A.Sokolnikova
Area: 1172.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of SPEECH Architectural Office

Melnikov House Listed As Cultural Heritage Site

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UPDATE: The ArchCouncil of Moscow reports that the has been listed as a cultural heritage site of federal value, an important step in its conservation. The following article first appeared on ArchDaily on April 23rd, 2013. 

Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, and Rem Koolhaas are among the many architects who have signed a letter pleading for the preservation of one of Konstantin Melnikov’s greatest works, the Melnikov House. As we reported in December of 2012, the Melnikov’s house 83-year old foundations have weakened considerably since the onset of neighboring construction. Unfortunately, the situation has only worsened “significantly” over the last few months.

Read more about the state of the Melnikov House, and what architects are doing to try and prevent its deterioration, after the break…

Architects Rally to Save Moscow’s Historic Shukhov Tower

Richard Pare, Shabolovka Radio Tower, , Russia. , 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. 

Apartment Renovation in Moscow / Vladimir Malashonok

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Architects: Vladimir Malashonok
Location: Moscow,
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Vladimir Malashonok