Krymskaya embankment / Wowhaus Architecture Bureau

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Architects: Wowhaus Architecture Bureau
Location: , Russia
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”

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 Diller Scofidio + Renfro’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 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: ,
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

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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 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: ,
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

Museum and Exhibition Complex of the National Center for Contemporary Arts Competition

The Ministry of Culture of the recently announced the international competition for the architecture concept of the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the National Center for Contemporary Arts.The two stage competition is open to any architectural bureaus, professional architects and early career professionals or young company to propose their design concept of the future museum complex. Participants can submit their proposals August 20 – September 20. To register, and for more information, please visit their official website here.

Tretyakov Gallery Competition Entry / PAPER | TOTEMENT

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Designed by PAPER | TOTEMENT, their competition proposal for the architectural and visual image of the frontage of the new building of the State Tretyakov Gallery encompasses conceptual, imaginary and compositional aspects as well as its relation with the environment (city and the existing complex of the gallery), history and designation of the building. The current space planning design decision also implied some particular limitations and framework. And of course, the main objective was to combine all these decisions in an integral image of the Modern Russian, art museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tretyakov Gallery Winning Proposal / SPEECH Architectural Office

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Designed by SPEECH Architectural Office, their winning proposal for the Tretyakov Gallery in supports the philosophy established by the museum: preserving the national heritage and engaging in relevant dialogue with the society. This dynamic dialogue  is expressed in the architectural concept of the building’s façade, decorated by white picture frames of various sizes placed according to the pattern of the original hanging of the pictures in the City Art Gallery of P. M. Tretyakov and S. M. Tretyakov, forming the image of a wall with pictures. These are living pictures created by the visitors to the museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Strelka Institute Education Programme 2013/14: Urban Routines

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design opened its doors three years ago. 110 students, 30 teachers and over 200 international experts took part in developing a radically new intellectual and physical space in . This collective effort resulted in a unique research, educational and public center, looking at the complex problems of a Russian city. studied urban environment and the nature of its transformation, as well as changed the world around us.

Within three years of its existence, Strelka’s educational programme developed several broad themes. In their projects students researched “Public Space”, “Design”, “Preservation”, “Thinning”, “Urban Culture”, “Hinterland”, “Megacity”, “Information”, “Education”. Student projects and research, while remaining inherently student work, made a significant impact on the evolution of public discussion in Moscow, helped introduce the notion of public space into the Russian context and focus public attention on the theme of urban development.

In 2013-14 Strelka will select the theme of its research & design studios differently. We are radically shifting perspective and in the framework of intensive three month research studios are focusing on very concrete, real and seemingly familiar matters.

Applications for this program are open until July 26th. Read more about the program: