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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

© Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov © Evgeny Evgrafov

City ID and Billings Jackson's Maps Hope to Make Moscow More Legible

Any system is only as good as its weakest link. A public transport system can have all manner of souped up trains, glamorous transport hubs and turbo-buses, but this can all be for nothing if one station has a confusing layout that unintentionally directs passengers onto the wrong route. For something as interconnected as a transport network, continuous and steady passenger flow is absolutely crucial. With this is mind, the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, commissioned City ID - a firm known for their wayfinding solutions in cities such as Bristol and New York - and their frequent collaborator Billings Jackson Design to develop a new system of smart signage for the city.

© Ivan Anisimov Sign for the Moscow Wayfinding System. Image © Ivan Anisimov Sign for the Moscow Wayfinding System. Image © Ivan Anisimov Sign for the Moscow Wayfinding System. Image © Ivan Anisimov

Leo Burnett Moscow / Nefa Architects

  • Architects: Nefa Architects
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Chief Architect: Dmitry Ovcharov
  • Authors Team: Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Yasko
  • Architects In Charge: Victor Kolupaev, Olga Ivleva

  • Area: 8800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev

Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova: “Art Partners” Reinventing Moscow's Garage Museum

Rem Koolhaas and art philanthropist Dasha Zhukova will be gracing the WSJ. Magazine’s February cover as “art partners” embarking on a transformation that will turn a ruined Brezhnev-era Communist landmark - the Vremena Goda in Moscow’s Gorky Park - into the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s new home. “The building is basically a found object,” said Koolhaas, regarding his “raw” design and intent to preserve the structure’s decay. “We are embracing it as it is.” 

Red Square Tolerance Pavilion Competition Winners Unveiled

The results of the Red Square Tolerance Pavilion Competition, hosted by Homemade Dessert (HMMD), have been announced. Placed directly in the center of Moscow's Red Square, the competition asked designers to advocate the many facets of tolerance (social, religious, and political) by manifesting them in the form of a temporary pavilion. To further enhance these ideas, the pavilion is not only a symbolic space, but an educational one, with lecture halls and exhibition areas as its program, encouraging entrants to promote tolerance in all aspects of their designs.

View the winning designs after the break.

The Red Prism. Image Courtesy of HMMD The Bending Galleries. Image Courtesy of HMMD Space-ing Walls. Image Courtesy of HMMD The Red Prism interior. Image Courtesy of HMMD

The Growth Of "Hipster Stalinism" In Areas Of Moscow

In an article for The Guardian, Maryam Omidi explores Moscow'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

Russian practice Project Meganom has been announced as the winner in a competition 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

Parliament Gardens Port © Courtesy of Project Meganom Parliament Gardens © Courtesy of Project Meganom Future ports, birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom Green Channel birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom

Nefa Architects Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Solntsevo Metro Station

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.

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

More than 300,000 Moscow 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.

© U-R-A | United Riga Architects © U-R-A | United Riga Architects © U-R-A | United Riga Architects © U-R-A | United Riga Architects

Stampsy & IO Studio / Archiproba

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

© Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum © Olya Eichenbaum

E:MG Advertising Agency / VOX Architects

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

© Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev © Alexey Knyazev

Door19 / P H. D

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

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

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.

Interior Collage - Dostoyevsky Library. Image © SVESMI Interior of Library - #127. Image © SVESMI Interior Collage - #185. Image © SVESMI Interior Collage - Library #127. Image © SVESMI

Around Fireplace / Ruetemple

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

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Groundlab + WOWHAUS Chosen to Redesign Moscow’s Largest Park

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 landscape 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

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 landscape throughout the IFC to achieve a balance between nature and city. 

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

Shortlist Announced for the Moscow Metro Station Competition

Design for Novoperedelkino by U-R-A | United Riga Architects. Image © Evgeni Leonov
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 competition has been used to find an architect. 

The jury at the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning 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. 

ProfMedia Management / UNK project

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

© Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev © Sergey Ananyev