Block No.5 Residential Area in ‘Skolkovo’ Innovative Center / TOTEMENT | PAPER

Courtesy of

Designed by TOTEMENT | PAPER, the residential area in Block No.5, as part of District D2 (“Science & Technology Park”) of “” Innovative Center, occupies a special area as it is the gate to the district and the main design point facing the Skolkovskoye Highway side. The architectural concept has been worked out to be presented at the second round of the competition. They took into the account close location of crowded housings of circles No.2 and 4 by closing our circle at their side. Bends of buildings allowed them to extend essentially the light front of the buildings and to get the necessary area for housing. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Bar Strelka / Strelka Institute

Minutes from the Kremlin lies Bar Strelka, a revisited loft space housed in a former confectionery factory, which serves as a hub for the students of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. Formerly heading the institution’s educational programme was world renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, now one of the five research theme directors. The institute’s aim is to develop fresh perspectives on key issues in contemporary , bringing architects, intellectuals and designers together under one roof. Roman Mazurenko, the Special Projects Director shows around the bar and chats to them about the institute’s programme and why it will revolutionise ’s landscape.

OMA to design new home for Garage in Moscow

Garage Gorky Park - Image Courtesy of

The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture – a non-profit international arts space based in founded by Daria Zhukova – has unveiled plans for a new building in Gorky Park. Designed by OMA, Garage Gorky Park will renovate the famous 1960s Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) restaurant, a prefabricated concrete structure that has been derelict for more than two decades. Garage is expected to complete and occupy this 5,400-square-meter building sometime next year, with plans to later expand to the nearby Hexagon pavilion (or Machine Pavilion).

Rem Koolhaas: “We were able, with our client and her team, to explore the qualities of generosity, dimension, openness, and transparency of the Soviet wreckage and find new uses and interpretations for them; it also enabled us to avoid the exaggeration of standards and scale that is becoming an aspect of contemporary art spaces.”

Continue after the break for more.

Stadium for Russia’s 2018 World Cup / GUP MNIIP “Mosproject-4” + HKS Architects

Courtesy of GUP MNIIP “Mosproject-4” +

The winning proposal for the design of a stadium for Russia’s was created by the design institute “Mosproject-4″ from Russia and HKS Architects from the United States. The main characteristics of the stadium include an innovative constructive decision, increased comfort for both the audience and athletes, and sustainability strategies. More images and architects’ description after the break.

OMA wins first round of the Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept Competition

Phase 1 Submission - Courtesy of OMA

In 2011, the Russian Federation Council confirmed that the city of will annex 150,000 hectares to the southwest in order to overcome its chronic space problems, making 2.4 times larger than its current size. The expansion is designed to relieve pressure on the over-populated, historic city center by redistributing the working places to the annexed part of the Oblast, thus addressing transport, ecological and social issues that result from high levels of commuting.

Before Moscow’s new administrative borders come into force this July, the Council invited 10 teams to develop the concept of the Moscow Agglomeration. OMA has been announced as winner of the competition’s first round that focused on a plan for the Moscow Agglomeration as a whole.

Continue reading for more on OMA’s Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept.

Mirror Mongayt / BERNASKONI

© Vlad Efimov

Architects: BERNASKONI
Location: Moscow, 
Area: 270 sqm
Client: Mongayt family
Photographs: Vlad Efimov, Boris Bernaskoni


Skolkovo Technopark District D2 Residential Area / Saltans Architects_International + Jaeger and Partner Architects

Courtesy of Saltans Architects_International +

Chicago based Saltans Architects_Intl., ltd (SA_I) and Shenzhen based Jaeger and Partner Architects, Ltd. design collaboration was recently selected for the second stage international design competition for the Technopark District D2 Residential Area. Their master plan design envisions the “concept of the city at human scale with a strong relationship with nature”. Five distinct Districts comprising this planning strategy are separated and linked by natural landscapes, while each District’s master plan is designed specifically for function. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Moscow School of Management / Adjaye Associates & AB Studios

© Ed Reeve, & AB Studios

Architect: Adjaye Associates & AB Studios
Location: , Russia
Area: 42,891 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Ed Reeve, Adjaye Associates & AB Studios

Shortlist for the Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept

Photo Credit: RIA Novosti

The Architectural Department of City Government (MosComArhitectura) has announced the shortlisted teams competing to design the strategy that will be used to double the size of . With an uneven distribution of working places throughout the Russian Federation capital, millions of residents are forced to commute each day to the over-populated, historic city center, thus causing serious transportation, ecological and social problems within the region.

The Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept will see the city annex 150,316 hectares to its south-west in order to overcome its chronic space problems. OMA, Diller Scofidio & Renfro and McAdam Architects, lead by the well-known Russian architects Andrey Chernihov and Alexei Ginsburg,  are a few names that appear among the ten shortlisted teams. Continue reading for more competition details and the entire shortlist.

Office Building On Leninsky / Sergey Tchoban + Sergey Kuznetsov

Courtesy of & Sergey Kuznetsov

Architects: Sergey Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov
Location: Moscow,
Chief Architects: Sergey Kuznetsov
Chief Project Engineer: Makukhina Lyudmila
Architect Team: Andrey Perlich, Tatiana Varyukhina, Anastasia Kozyreva, Tatiana Lokteva, Evgenia Murinets
Complex’s Total Area: 17,596 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Yuri Palmin, Aborkin Zakhar, Iliya Ivanov

Bar-Studio Kluchi / Peter Kostelov, Alexey Rozenberg, Anton Grechko

© Alexey Knyazev

Architects:Peter Kostelov, , Anton Grechko
Location: Moscow,
Design Team: Peter Kostelov, Alexey Rozenberg, Anton Grechko
Floor Area: 300 sqm
Project Date: 2011
Photographs: Alexey Knyazev

House In The Moscow Region / Sergey Nasedkin

Courtesy of

Architects: Sergey Nasedkin
Location: , Russia
Completion: 2010
Total area:210 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Sergey Nasedkin


Skolkovo Residential Area / Arch Group


Innovation Center (‘Russian Silicon Valley’), a high-tech hub to be built at near , Russia, is intended to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. The modern approach to residential buildings often creates a feeling of isolation. A person has his or her own apartment and a little garden, while neighbors are perceived as competitors. The new residential area, including apartment houses and townhouses, designed by Arch Group, is designed for temporary accommodation of the scientific elite shown in the apartment houses while the townhouses feature a multi-layered environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Moscow office of Walt Disney Studios Sony Picture Releasing / UNK PROJECT architects

© Viktor Chernyshov

Architects: UNK PROJECT architects
Location: Moscow,
Project team: Nikolay Milovidov, Nikolay Fedoseev, Oleg Burmistrov
Consultants for Cinema hall: Janson + Tsai Design Associates
Project area: 685 sqm
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Viktor Chernyshov

Russia Plans Ice City in Arctic Circle


In the latest bid to solidify territorial claims within the Arctic Circle, has unveiled plans to build a city for 5,000 year round residents 1,000 miles from the North Pole on the remote island Kotelniy in the . Part of a strategic plan to assert its claim over the vast reserves of natural resources underneath the polar ice cap, the planned development will cost several billion dollars.

Continue reading after the break.

Tsvetnoy Central Market / Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

© Chris Gascoigne

Architects: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Location: Moscow,
Client: RGI International
Photographs: Chris Gascoigne

BDP Architects Completes Russian Masterplan in Samara


BDP has completed a masterplan study in , the sixth largest city in Russia, won against strong international competition earlier this year. BDP was masterplanner, architect, landscape architect and sustainability consultant supported by WSP highways and Davis Langdon cost consultant for client -Center, reuniting the same core masterplan team as the Stirling Prize shortlisted Liverpool One Masterplan.

Nikolo-Uryupino House / PAPER | TOTEMENT

Courtesy of

Architects: PAPER | TOTEMENT
Location: Moscow,
Team: Levon Ayrapetov, Valeria Preobrazhenskaya, Diana Grekova, Egor Legkov
Designing: 2010
Building: 2010- 2011
Total Area: 820 sq.m
Children Section: 530 sq.m
Covered Terrace: 290 sq.m
Photographs: Courtesy of PAPER | TOTEMENT

Before summer 2010, when PAPER | TOTEMENT was invited to design some new constructions, the house territory had been already changed a few times with new additions that were not within the scope of the initial project – a summer kitchen with a sunshade ground and a guest house appeared. It was clear to them that further development of the initial architectural style meant a complete loss of at least some consistency of constructions on the site or it could be overwhelmed by a lot of buildings. Besides, it would continue an architectural idea which was absolutely alien to them. Therefore, they decided that something absolutely different in contrast to all that was around not only on the given site, but also along the territory which one can see at a glance, would allow the house to receive a new status, a new quality and a new scale. More images and architects’ description after the break.