Melnikov House Listed As Cultural Heritage Site

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UPDATE: The ArchCouncil of Moscow reports that the Melnikov House 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

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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: , Russia
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), Saint Petersburg, 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), 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 Moscow’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

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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 ’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 Russia’s capital.

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

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The Olympics 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 ’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

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The 2014 Winter has commenced in 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 , “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

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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 education facilities and more.

Three Shortlisted for Contemporary Arts Center in Moscow

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The Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation 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 ’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 Zaryadye Park, . The scheme, titled “The Blue Circle of ,” centered around a circular reflecting pool that would serve as a mirror to the 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.

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 ’s Zaryadye Park 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 ’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