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: Moscow,
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: ,
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: Moscow,
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, Moscow 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. Strelka Institute 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”, “”, “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:

Stanislavsky Factory / John McAslan + Partners

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Architects: John McAslan + Partners
Location: Moscow,
Interior Hall Design: Casson Mann Architects
Area: 60000.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Hufton + Crow

KBH / Atrium studio

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Architects: Atrium studio
Location: Moscow,
Architectural Team: Anton Nadtochiy, Vera Butko, Gennadiy Nadtochiy, Alexey Naumenko, Julia Zykina, Alexander Malygin, Petr Alimov, Yuri Frolov, Ivan Khripkov
Area: 10,500 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atrium studio

Shortlist Announced to Design Moscow’s First Park in 50 Years

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In the 20th century, it was going to be the site of the world’s tallest skyscraper, but it became the world’s largest hotel. In 2006, the hotel was replaced with a fence, the largest advertising space in all of Europe, enclosing acres of undeveloped, highly valuable land. In 2014, it will become Moscow’s first – and most important – park in over 50 years.

Zaryadye Park, located on 13 acres of land just a minute’s walk from the Kremlin and the Red Square, will become a gateway to Moscow, one that will “project a new image of Moscow and Russia to the world.” Because of the Park’s significance, the city of Moscow (with aid from the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design) has decided to host an international competition for its re-design.

The 6 finalists shortlisted for this significant project, after the break…

Interior for Students / Ruetemple

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Architects: Ruetemple
Location: ,
Design Team: Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
Area: 33 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ruetemple

The Constructivist Project / Natalia Melikova

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In , hundreds upon hundreds of buildings are endangered. The work of making sure they don’t become extinct? That’s in the hands of a tireless few.

One of these crusaders is Natalia Melikova, the author of The Constructivist Project, an on-line web site that seeks to preserve the memory – and hopefully inspire the protection of – Russia’s avant-garde architecture. Although it began as her thesis project, it’s steadily become one of her life passions. In Melikova’s words, “By sharing photographs (my own and others), articles, events, exhibitions, and other resources on the topic of the avant-garde, The Constructivist Project unites common interest and appreciation of Russian art and history and makes it accessible to an international English-speaking audience. This is a way to initiate discussion not only of the perilous situation of Russian avant-garde architecture but also of cultural and urban development in general.”

See 10 of Melikova’s images, snapshots into a part of Russian history quickly being forgotten, with her descriptions, after the break.

The Moscow Affair

Currently, many of ’s motorways are occupied more as motorways than public space. Image via shutterstock.com

has madly, passionately (and not a little blindly) fallen in love. And, as with any love affair worth its salt, this one will have its fair share of consequences when the honeymoon ends.

The object of Russia’s affection? The good, old-fashioned automobile.

It started fast and has only gotten faster. In 2005, Russia’s auto industry grew 14%; in 2006, 36%; and, in 2007, a whopping 67% – an exponential growth that attracted foreign investors, particularly after 2009, when the country welcomed companies like GM & Ford with open arms. Today, the ninth largest economy in the world is the seventh-largest car market, positioned to surpass Germany as the largest in Europe by 2014.

Nowhere is this love affair more evident, more woven into the city itself, than in Moscow. The city has a reputation (perhaps rivaled only by Beijing’s) for traffic, pollution, and downright hostility to pedestrians. And, ironically, because of its epic congestion, the city continues to expand its highways and parking spaces.

We’ve heard that story before, and we know how it ends – for that matter, so does Moscow. But passion, by nature, is blind – and stopping a love affair in its tracks is far from easy.

International Competition for Zaryadye Park

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Officially launched this month by Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design, the International Competition for Zaryadye Park in Moscow, is challenging participants to develop an Architecture and Landscaping Design Concept that will form the basis for the creation of a contemporary Park with a high quality infrastructure that will be open for the public all year round. Zaryadye is a unique historic district in downtown Moscow, and after the demolition of Hotel Russia, the site has remained abandoned for over 6 years. In late January, 2012, Prime Minister and President-Elect Vladimir Putin proposed to turn this 130 000 sq. m area into a multi-functional public park. The application deadline is May 22. For more information, please visit here.

Office+Showroom for DK / Megabudka

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Architects: Megabudka
Location: , Russia
Сredits: Kirill Gubernatorov, Andrey Samonaev, Artem Ukropov, Daria Listopad, Svetlana Tverdova
Constructor: Igor Zavarov
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Megabudka