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 Moscow.” 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 As a result, the Strelka Unsettled, with the possibility for collaboration with the outdated cultural institutions hosted inside the building of the All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (built in 1966), seeks to offer new scenarios for this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: Moscow,
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 ’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: ,
Area: 115 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Vladimir Malashonok

Three Finalists Announced for Moscow’s Ukraina Hotel Entryway Competition

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The Ukraina Hotel, with the support of the non-state educational institution Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, have announced the finalists for the Ukraina Hotel Entryway competition. Designs from ABD Architects (Russia) in cooperation with Werner Sobek Moskwa (Russia), TPO Lesosplav (Russia) in cooperation with Malishev Wilson Engineers (UK), and Studio 44 (Russia) have been chosen from a total of ten competing proposals, one of which will now be implemented by the client. Offering the chance to design a new entrance to one of ’s foremost landmarks, the winning scheme will provide a rare opportunity to work with an unique example of Stalinist architectural heritage.

Competition Entry: Moscow’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts / WAI Think Tank

Light Performance. Image Courtesy of WAI Think Tank

Reaching the second stage of the international competition to design Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)which was won by Heneghan Peng Architects, WAI Think Tank put forth a proposal that projects the NCCA as not just a center “for the creation, study, and support of contemporary art in ” but also “a building as manifesto.” WAI Think Tank focused on giving a flexible autonomy to the enclosed and external spaces, designing the galleries as extensions of the city, in an attempt to design “the first archetype of Museum as City.”

Yandex Stroganov / Za Bor Architects

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Architects: Za Bor Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaytsev
Area: 5,800 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maria Turynkina, Dmitry Kulinevich

Travelers Tale / Goodnova-Godiniaux

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Location: Moscow,
Architect In Charge: Sacha Goutnova, Benjamin Godiniaux, Juila Orlova
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Karo Avan Dadaev

Low Budget House / Le Atelier

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Location: , Russia
Architect In Charge: Sergey Kolchin, Anastasia Kolchina, Alexander Kryloff
Design Team: Sergey Kolchin, Anastasia Kolchina, Andrey Adamovich
Area: 99.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lucia Tolstova

Competition Entry: Moscow’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts / UNK Project Architects

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UNK Project Architects‘ entry for the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts () competition centres around the interplay between art and architecture: “It’s what touches our soul and motivates us to pursue radical new ideas.” Reaching the second stage of the international competition, which has been won by Heneghan Peng Architects, UNK Project Architect’s proposal offers an intriguing, “almost airtight” space veiled by a monolithic façade facing landscaped urban space in the centre of ’s capital.

BBDO Moscow / Nefaresearch

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Architects: Nefaresearch
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Boris Voskoboynikov, Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Akhremenkova
Creative / Design Group: Boris Voskoboynikov, Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Akhremenkova (interior designer), Maxim Frolov (3D)
Project Group: Maria Nasonova, Olga Ivlieva
Area: 3400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Nefaresearch

AD Interviews: Yuri Grigoryan and Alexei Komissarov / Moscow Urban Forum

Last month we had the chance to attend to the III Moscow Urban Forum, an instance where urbanists, architects, city mayors, the real estate industry and the citizens of Moscow had an open dialogue related to the future of the city under the theme “Megacities: Success Beyond the Centre”. The forum was organized by the Government of Moscow, who invited global urban planning gurus with experience in developing suburbs, to discuss how to resolve the problems of deprived outskirts, how to transform “dead” zones in towns into socially beneficial areas for work and leisure, how 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. 

During the forum we had the opportunity to talk and interview with some of these city makers, which will be published in the next days.

To better understand where is Moscow going and why its new periphery is an important object of study, we talked with Yuri Grigoryan and Alexei Komissarov. 

Yuri is the cofounder of the renowned Russian firm Project Meganom and the Director of Education at Strelka, who guided the team that prepared the research project “Archeology of the Periphery”, a central part of the forum. 

Alexei Komissarov is the Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow, a department that oversees the conversion of old industrial zones into creative and technological cluster. 

Strelka Institute Crowd-Sources Urban Design Ideas with “What Moscow Wants” Campaign

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Among the biggest challenges facing city planners is to implement plans which are not just needed, but also popular. In a bid to address this common problem of democratic city design, the Strelka Institute developed What Moscow Wants, an online platform designed to crowdsource ideas for the development of Moscow.

What Moscow Wants consists of a three-step process: residents first propose ideas on the website (ranging from the prosaic suggestion of a standardized city-wide parking bollard, to the outlandish idea of an underwater museum in the River); next, local architectural practices chose suggestions which they felt they could contribute a solution to and posted their proposals to the website; finally, the most popular choices were presented by the architects at the Moscow Urban Forum from the 5-7th of December.

Read on after the break to see a selection of the most popular projects

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

Heneghan Peng Architects’ 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 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: