The joint ventures of Frits van Dongen, Patrick Koschuch and Jason Lee of CIE and Alexander Sverdlov of SVESMI produced two winning projects and an honorable mention from the open international competition for A101 Block City in Moscow, Russia. The 13,000 hectare area south is Moscow is to be developed by the Masshtab company, led by Maxwan Architects of Rotterdam for the urban planning concept of the A101project.
The Block City is a masterplan for the area to be built up. It envisions the introduction of standard sizes for urban blocks that can be interchangeable with flexibilities in their typologies and phasing at various stages of the project’s completion. The first phase of the project to be realized is 157 hectares with 12 million sqm of housing of the Block City area. The following proposals are winners for the design of the urban block.
More on the winning projects after the break.
This competition entry for a settlement in Russia by F A S(t) concentrates on the vernacular of traditional Russian architecture. The five building volumes follow Russian building tradition by flaunting accentuated profiles that stand out and are noticeable in the skyline. In addition, they all have an internal organization and relationship to one another that provides for social events to flourish at ground level, also an aspect of Russian design strategies.
For more on this project come back after the break.
Recently, we featured Erick van Egeraat’s Chess-club Building in the Khanti-Mansiysk autonomous region, which officially opened on Dec. 7th. Now, we are highlighting Egeraat’s Vershina Trade & Entertainment Centre which officially opened on the same day. The 37.000 sq. meter, state-of-the-art trade and entertainment centre in Surgut, Russia offers space for retail, extreme sports, dance, restaurants, bars and an underground night club. The eight-story venue provides round-the-clock activities for visitors of all ages. The dialectic play of light and dark, night and day form the basis for the concept. More images and architect’s description after the break.
On the 7th of December, Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat officially opened his Chess-club Building in the Khanti-Mansiysk autonomous region. The new 5.000 sq. meter building in Khanty-Mansiysk already hosted the 2010 Chess Olympics in September. Now in December it will officially open for the inhabitants. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Today, FIFA announced their selection of nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup™ host at the Zurich Exhibition where it was decided that in 2018, Russia will be hosting the FIFA World Cup™. Designed by Erick van Egeraat and Russian partner Mikhail Posokhin, architects of Moscow’s new VTB Arena are thrilled to hear of this decision. “What wonderful news! What a start for this new Russian masterpiece to be the center of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™!” says architect-director Erick van Egeraat when presented with this latest news. More images and architect’s description after the break.
The Yekaterinburg office of the Yandex Company occupies the fifteenth floor of a new business center called Palladium. The building’s plan is nearly a horseshoe shape in form and consequently the office space is concentrated around the vertical circulation systems centrally located. Following the break are more photographs, plan, and write-up about the Yandex design.
As we reported back in 2009, RMJM‘s proposed Okhta Center was the subject of heated debate as residents of St Peterburg’s wanted nothing to do with the tower which was regarded as a “symbol of political ego.” Yet, as Record shared, the tower is set to move ahead after receiving a construction permit from Glavgosekspertiza, the body in charge of issuing building permits. Towering 403 meters into the skyline, the building will become the highest in Europe and as we’ve seen with Nouvel’s proposal for 53rd Street, Pelli Clarke Pelli’s 15 Penn Plaza and Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower, adding a big change to the skyline sparks big controversy. In St. Petersburg, approximately 3,000 people gathered to protest the project which is being developed by gas giant Gazprom and is backed by Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin. In addition to strong public opposition, BD reported that Russian authorities were reviewing RMJM’s design following a report from Unesco’s World Heritage Committee, which has repeatedly threatened to strip the city of its World Heritage Site status if the tower as originally planned is built. The tower still needs a construction permit from City Hall, which, as Record reported, has backed the project from the start.
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Slovenia-based OFIS arhitekti (see their projects here) are looking for a local office around Minsk, Belarus and Sochi, Russia to work with two sports projects (a football stadium and a building for Winter Olympics).
Erick van Egeraat’s 330,000 m2 proposal for the Dynamo Stadium in Moscow recently placed ahead of four international competitors. Situated on a 116,000-m2 plot in Petrovsky Park, the competition site has been chosen by the Administration of the Stadium and VTB Bank to be developed in order to meet contemporary international requirements to support Russia’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Erick van Egeraat’s proposed “multifunctional urban regenerator” will feature a 45,000-seat Stadium Arena, a 10,000-seat Arena Hall, a Retail and Entertainment complex, restaurants, parking and other facilities. With these various programmatic activities, the proposed design aims to provide a self sustaining model that will be activated continually throughout the day.
More about the awarded project and more images after the break.
Masshtab Development Company is announcing a competition for the design of the masterplan for A101 Block City: an area of 127 ha with over 1 million sqm of housing in the A101 project. The A101 project is a new town of around 150.000 people and 13 million sq m of housing located south of Moscow.
The Masterplan competition has two stages: the first stage is an open selection procedure for architects and urban designers based on portfolios, the second one an invited competition among four selected participants.
The competition is based on the Block City concept that was developed by Bart Goldhoorn and Aleksander Sverdlov in the context of the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam in 2009. For more information click here. Seen at Bustler.
Architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and food consultant Ford McDonald have released the first images of their designs for a 50,000 sqft fit-out in a new department store on Moscow’s Tsvetnoy Boulevard. The team is providing three floors of food retail and restaurant space, including a spectacular destination rooftop café.
More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: Sergey Skuratov Architects
Location: Moscow, Russia
Project Team: S.Skuratov, S.Nekrasov, J.Кovaleva, I.Ilyin, P.Кarpovsky, А.Nigmatulin
Structures: I. Shipetin`s Design Bureau
Service & Engineering Systems: Alexej Kolubkov
Site Area: 20,780 sqm
Project Area: 220,715 sqm
Project Year: 2005-2010
Photographs: Yuri PALMIN
Architects: Sergey Skuratov Architects
Location: Moscow, Russia
Project Team: Skuratov S.A., Romanov A., Kuznetsova E.
Client & Partners: Biznes Stroy Ltd \ Tehnologija Ltd of MR-group
Structural Engineering: Tehnologija Ltd of TSN group of companies
Site Area: 7,987 sqm
Project Area: 40,000 sqm
Project Year: 2005-2008
Photographs: Yuri Palmin