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Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront

Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront
Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront, Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom
Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom

Russian practice Project Meganom has been announced as the winner in a competition to drastically transform the Moscow riverfront. Their masterplan proposal aims to create a series of linear green spaces, while also incorporating new cultural and education spaces along the waterfront and improving the surrounding public transport. Announced at the IV annual Moscow Urban Forum which opened earlier today, the goal of the competition was to return the Moscow river from a "barrier" into a "link" in the city, restoring its historical status as the city's heart and most important transportation route.

Read on after the break for more details of Project Meganom's masterplan

Parliament Gardens Port © Courtesy of Project Meganom Parliament Gardens © Courtesy of Project Meganom Future ports, birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom Green Channel birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom + 18

Green Channel birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom
Green Channel birds view © Courtesy of Project Meganom

One of the key features of the masterplan is to improve transport facilities across, along and around the Moscow River. Project Meganom's design includes a proposal to develop the infrastructure of local metro, bus and tram routes and water transport, a network of active corridors to develop walking and cycling infrastructure both along and on the way to the river, and a series of ports which will connect the major nodes of their masterplan with a ferry and high-speed water transport.

Green Channel © Courtesy of Project Meganom
Green Channel © Courtesy of Project Meganom

The proposal aims to transform river embankments into public spaces along the length of the river, which offer space for communication and creativity, education and cultural activities. On the Stroginskaya floodplain for example, these linear green spaces will be punctuated by six sport and recreational "magnets" that serve as nodes at the river's key points.

Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront, Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom
Fishing on Kremlin © Courtesy of Project Meganom

The northern bank of the river will feature special green islands for the purification of water running off the floodplains, creating natural beaches in the center of the city. In the Mnevniki area, the northern bank will be reserved for a "modern, iconic building" that will serve as a gateway to a system of 10 parks and gardens, each with their own distinct character.

Green Channel in Winter © Courtesy of Project Meganom
Green Channel in Winter © Courtesy of Project Meganom

In the video below, Alfonso Vergara, member of the jury from Fundacion Metropoli (Spain), explains how, through this winning entry, "Moscow can be a referent for other megacities in the world."

To find out more about the proposal by Project Meganom, visit the competition website here. For more on the work of Project Meganom, check out ArchDaily's interview from last year's Moscow Urban Forum here.

Silver Lake port © Courtesy of Project Meganom
Silver Lake port © Courtesy of Project Meganom

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Project Meganom Wins Contest to Transform Moscow Riverfront" 11 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/576688/project-meganom-wins-contest-to-transform-moscow-riverfront/> ISSN 0719-8884
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