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 .” 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 As a result, the Strelka Unsettled, with the possibility for collaboration with the outdated cultural institutions hosted inside the building of the All Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (built in 1966), seeks to offer new scenarios for this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…

15 Practices Shortlisted for Russian Cultural Center Competition

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Fifteen of 100 hopeful practices have been chosen to move forward in the second stage of the international “Russian Character” competition. Challenged to design a multi-functional Culture & Education Center for the newly developed Butovo Park residential district, the applicants will now begin to envision their proposals for the new venue. Once complete, the center will provide space for lectures, film screenings, indoor (and outdoor) concerts and master classes, as well as various outdoor sports activities and a museum that will showcase exhibitions on the the area’s history. The 15 shortlisted practices are…

ARC / BERNASKONI

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Architects: BERNASKONI
Location: , Kaluga Oblast, Russia
Project Team: Boris Bernaskoni, Alexander Schamenkov, Stas Subbotin, Ksenia Trofimova
Contractor : Alexey Kleymenichev, Srub fm
Area: 72.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: BERNASKONI / Yuri Palmin

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

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 of one of Konstantin Melnikov’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, , . Vladimir Shukhov, 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

Pulkovo International Airport / Grimshaw Architects + Ramboll + Pascall+Watson

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Architects: Grimshaw Architects, Ramboll, Pascall+Watson
Location: Pulkovo Airport (LED), , Russia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects

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), (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.”

Russian Character International Architecture Competition

The Morton Group announces the “Russian Character” International Architecture Competition to develop the concept for a Culture & Education Center.

The Center will become the main cultural venue in the residential district, a place for recreation and communication for local residents.

The project will help create an environment for social interaction in the new residential district. Butovo Park, like most new developments, is relatively far from cultural and social amenities. The Culture & Education Center will be the only place in the vicinity for lectures, film screenings, concerts and master classes. It will also offer a place for physical activity and holding outdoor events in a pleasant landscaped setting. The Center will include a museum with exhibitions on the history of the area.

The competition is aimed at finding new elements, forms and images that embody contemporary Russian architecture. Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2014. More information can be found at the competition’s official website.

Yandex Stroganov / Za Bor Architects

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

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 (NCCA) 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.

Sochi 2014: Asif Khan Greets Spectators with “Architectural Mount Rushmore”

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The are in full swing and, although the “Coastal Cluster” of stadiums has attracted a considerable amount of attention, there is one installation demanding interaction from every spectator.  Built at the entrance of Sochi’s Olympic Park is Asif Khan Studio‘s “MegaFaces,” a pavilion that “contorts itself to recreate 3D images of the faces of visitors relayed via digital face scans made in photo booths installed within the building.” 

Comprised of 11,000 actuators sitting underneath the cube’s stretchy fabric membrane, the installation allows for three, eight meter tall faces to emerge from the wall at a time (the faces that emerge from the side of the pavilion are enlarged by 3500%). According to the designers, this feature of the building “has been likened to a giant pin screen and a digital, architectural Mount Rushmore.”

The Stadiums of Sochi

Fisht Olympic Stadium / . Image © 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games

The 2014 Winter Olympics has commenced in Sochi within the shell of Populous’ Fabergé egg-inspired stadium. Built solely to host the opening and closing ceremonies, the Fisht Olympic Stadium’s translucent polycarbonate roof bears a slight resemblance to the nearby, snow-capped peaks of the Caucasus Mountains. Once the Games are complete, the stadium’s 40,000-seat capacity will be expanded to accommodate the 2018 FIFA World Cup, before retiring as a scaled-down, 25,000-seat home venue for the local football team.

Populous’ stadium is just one of eleven purpose-built venues within the “Coastal Cluster” Olympic park. Check out a few others that caught our eye, after the break…

Gillespies and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Win “Park Russia” Masterplan

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A team led by London-based masterplanners Gillespies has been announced as the winner of an international competition to design the largest theme park in Europe. Planned for a 1,000-hectare site in the Domodevdovo district of Moscow, “Park Russia” aims to merge concepts of healthy living, entertainment and education into one commercially attractive tourist destination.

The winning Cushman & Wakefield-led UK consortium includes architectural design firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, engineer Buro Happold, cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall and place makers Fourth Street.

Heneghan Peng Architects Selected to Design Contemporary Arts Center in Moscow

Heneghan Peng Architects’ Winning Proposal. Image Courtesy of

Heneghan Peng Architects has won an international competition for a new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) at Moscow’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 facilities and more.