Heneghan Peng Architects Selected to Design Contemporary Arts Center in Moscow

’ Winning NCCA Proposal. Image Courtesy of NCCA

Heneghan Peng Architects has won an international competition for a new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) at ’s Khodynskoe Pole. Selected from a shortlist of three, the Dublin-based practice will now further develop their winning scheme which vertically stacks exhibition spaces as flexible “trays” to maximize accessibility and visually connect the NCCA’s activities to the surrounding landscape.

Once complete, the large-scale building will host a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as lectures, professional conferences, concerts, performances, studios, art education facilities and more.

Three Shortlisted for Contemporary Arts Center in Moscow

’ NCCA proposal. Image Courtesy of NCCA

The has unveiled three shortlisted proposals for Moscow’s National Centre of Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The competition, now in its second and final stage, has selected these finalists from a longlist of ten, leaving behind proposals from Steven Holl Architects and other well-respected practices.

Planned to become Russia’s main national institution for contemporary arts, the NCCA will host a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as lectures, professional conferences, concerts, performances, studios, art education facilities and more.

The three shortlisted finalists (and projects) are:

Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape

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In June this year, the Turenscape Consortium was shortlisted to prepare a design proposal for , Moscow. The scheme, titled “The Blue Circle of Moscow,” centered around a circular reflecting pool that would serve as a mirror to the Moscow skyline, while managing urban stormwater. According to Turenscape, “The Blue Circle was envisioned as a new city icon, which links the past with the present and the future, which reconnects man with nature, which reunites the separated urban space, and which gathers individuals of all kinds.”

“Art Palace” Cultural Complex Competition Entry / TOTEMENT | PAPER

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TOTEMENT | PAPER‘s competition proposal to design an international multipurpose cultural and leisure exhibition complex, close to ’s Kremlin, centers around resolving the aesthetic disconnection, or “visual conflict”, between the image of a modern European city – defined by the Ismailovo hotel complex – and the historic context of the site. Their designs (two variations of each other of which one has won the competition) do not blend into the existing cultural monuments but rather offer a modern antidote to the issues of scale, perception and “grandiose historical stylization” that currently exists.

Krymskaya embankment / Wowhaus Architecture Bureau

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Architects: Wowhaus Architecture Bureau
Location: Moscow,
Architect In Charge: Maria Gulida, Alena Zaytseva, Roman Kuchukov, Darya Melnik, Tatyana Polyakova, Anna Proshkuratova, Anastasia Rychkova, Tatiana Skibo, Yarmarkina; with the participation of Yuriy Belov, Anna Karneeva, Olga Lebedeva, Anastasia Maslova
Bureau Partners: Dmitry Likin, Oleg Shapiro
Leading Project Architect: Mikhail Kozlov
Landscape: Anya Andreyeva-Alphabet City
Lighting: Anna Harchenkova
Area: 45000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Wowhaus, Courtesy of Anya Andreyeva

III Moscow Urban Forum – “Megacities: Success Beyond the Centre”

Urban Forum is an international conference on city planning, urban development and related subjects. The Forum has been held annually in since 2011 with the support of the Government, and with the Urban Land Institute as international partner. Moscow Urban Forum is a platform for an exchange of ideas where the heads of the largest cities in Russia and the world have an opportunity to discuss topics and projects of concern with the representatives of the international expert community. 

“Megacities: Development Beyond the Centre” is the topic of the III Moscow Urban Forum. The topic is up-to-date and relevant not only for the capital and most Russian cities with a population of over 1 million people, but also for megacities all over the world.

 Global urban planning gurus experienced in developing suburbs are ready to share their ideas – on how to resolve the problems of deprived outskirts, how to transform “dead” zones in towns into socially beneficial areas for work and leisure, and make a city environmentally sound and comfortable for living at a low cost, and how to create a transport system that is convenient for its citizens. They include Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, and President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, New York; the expert on suburban redevelopment Ellen Dunham-Jones, the founder of the charity “Architecture for Humanity” Cameron Sinclair, among others

The Forum will also server as the occasion for the City Festival, a unique opportunity to showcase ideas for the city of Moscow and connect with its citizens. More details: 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Winning Proposal for Zaryadye Park: “Wild Urbanism”

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UPDATE: The video detailing ’s winning proposal for Moscow’s has just been released. In it the three partners discuss the central idea behind the proposal – “Wild Urbanism” – in which plants and people are of equal importance and “nature and architecture are merged into a seamless whole.” They explain how each of Russia’s varied landscapes – its tundra, steppe, forest, and wetland – will be imported to the park and overlapped into ”enfolded nodes” that will house sustainable, artificial micro-climates that will allow for year-round use of the park. 

The Strelka Institute has announced the winner of the two-stage international competition to design Zaryadye park, Moscow’s first park in over 50 years: Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The consortium led by the New York-based firm, beat out an impressive shortlist. Russian-led TPO “Reserve” came second and MVRDV third.

Zaryadye Park, 13 acres of land just a minute’s walk from the Kremlin and the Red Square, is hoped to “project a new image of Moscow and Russia to the world.” See the renderings from Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s winning proposal for Moscow’s new and most important public space, after the break…

Summer House / Khachaturian Architects

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Architects: Khachaturian Architects
Location: , Russia
Project Architects: Artur Khachaturian, Gianna Hovhannisyan
Area: 136 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Artur Khachaturian

Eight Teams Shortlisted to Masterplan Moscow Financial Center

IFC Site in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye,

Eight teams have been selected to participate in the second stage of an international competition to masterplan a new financial center west of “New Moscow”. Located in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, the 460 hectare mixed-use development will include the construction of offices, housing and hotels, as well as commercial and social infrastructure. 

The 8 shortlisted teams are:

Iponweb Company Office / Za Bor Architects

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Architects: Za Bor Architects
Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaytsev
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev

Holl, Aravena Among Shortlist for Moscow’s New Contemporary Art Center

National Centre for Contemporary Arts. Image Courtesy of Calvert Journal

The Russian Ministry of Culture has announced the shortlist of 10 architecture firms who will compete to design the museum and exhibition complex of ’s new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA). The NCCA, currently housed in a former factory in central Moscow, will be moved to Khoydynskoye Pole, a former airfield in northeast Moscow, as part of a larger urban planning project to develop the area.

Ten firms were selected to advance to the second stage of the competition: five on the merit of their experience and portfolio; five on the merit of the preliminary architecture concepts submitted to the jury. See the shortlist, after the break…

‘Serp & Molot’ Factory International Competition

The international competition for the architectural and concept of the ‘Serp & Molot’ Factory in opened its registration last week.

The purpose of the competition is to select five architectural and town-planning concepts for the creation of a multifunctional city unit with a well-developed infrastructure, integrated into the city pattern and meeting the requirements of environmentally sustainable developments. The acceptance of competition applications closes October 9.

For complete details on the rules, jury and documentation, please go to the competition’s official website.

Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition

The OAO HOTEL UKRAINA, with the support of the non-state educational institution Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, are pleased to announce the opening of a competition for the redesign of the entryway to this cultural heritage site of regional significance. This two-stage competition, lasting from 17th September 2013 to 25th February 2014, gives architects from all over the world the rare chance to work with an example of ’s unique Stalinist architectural heritage.

The Ukraina Hotel is one of seven original Soviet skyscrapers (‘sisters’) that form a famous silhouette on Moscow’s skyline. Built in the 1950s, the Ukraina is today a landmark, marking the beginning of Kutuzovsky prospekt, one of the city’s main transport arteries.

Complete details after the break.

Summer Cinema / Wowhaus Architecture Bureau

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Architects: Wowhaus Architecture Bureau
Location: , Russia
Principal Architect: Anastasiya Rychkova
Client: Gorky Park
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

Olive Beach / Wowhaus Architecture Bureau

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Architects: Wowhaus Architecture Bureau
Location: , Russia
Design Team: Darya Listopad, Artem Ukropov
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ivanov, Karpov, Yogastan

International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye Masterplan Competition

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Organized by Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye CJSC, part of Sberbank group of companies, the two-stage open international competition for the development of the masterplan of the International Financial Centre in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye (, Russia) launches this Monday, September 2nd. The International Financial Centre is a 460 hectare mixed-use development project located in the west of ‘New ’, in the floodplain of the River, five kilometers from the Outer Ring Road. The project involves the construction of offices, housing, hotels, commercial and social infrastructure. Applicants are required to have expertise in masterplanning of projects measuring over 30 hectares in order to qualify. The deadline for submissions is October 4th. For more information, please visit here.

Norman Foster Resigns from Moscow’s Pushkin Museum Expansion

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Norman Foster has walked away from a $670 million expansion project for ’s largest museum of European art: The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. According to The Art Newspaper, the prized British architect resigned from the project back in June after ’s chief architect, Sergei Kuznetsov issued an ultimatum that demanded Foster either work and defend the project himself or turn it down.

Castrol Office / Za Bor Architects

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Architects: Za Bor Architects
Location: , Russia
Project Management: Mott MacDonald
Area: 2,025 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Zaytsev