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Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower

07:00 - 14 December, 2018
© Viktor Sukharukov
© Viktor Sukharukov

Either as singular outcroppings or as part of a bustling center, skyscrapers are neck-craning icons across major city centers in the world. A modern trope of extreme success and wealth, the skyscraper has become an architectural symbol for vibrant urban hubs and commercial powerhouses dominating cities like New York, Dubai, and Singapore.

While skyscrapers are omnipresent, 2018 introduced new approaches, technologies, and locations to the high-rise typology. From variations in materiality to form, designs for towers have started to address aspects beyond simply efficiency and height, proposing new ways for the repetitive form to bring unique qualities to city skylines. Below, a few examples of proposals and trends from 2018 that showcase the innovative ideas at work: 

Courtesy of Plompmozes © Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos © Virgile Simon Bertrand Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects + 13

Moscow Launches New Smart City District as a Living Lab

13:00 - 13 December, 2018
Moscow Launches New Smart City District as a Living Lab, Moscow. Image via Creative Commons
Moscow. Image via Creative Commons

The government of Moscow has begun developing an existing district in the city to test nearly 30 new ‘smart’ technologies for urban development. Home to over 8,000 people, the district is testing ideas on smart lighting, smart waste management, and smart heating. The city intends to evaluate what impact technologies bring to residents and adjust its urban renewal plan once the pilot is complete.

Temporary Pavilion at Picnic «Afisha» / project eleven

05:00 - 9 December, 2018
Temporary Pavilion at Picnic «Afisha» / project eleven, © Ilia Ivanov
© Ilia Ivanov

© Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov © Ilia Ivanov + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Lead Architects

    Igor Chirkin, Pavel Prishin
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Kleinewelt Designs a Carved Mixed-Use Housing Block for Moscow

08:00 - 8 December, 2018
Kleinewelt Designs a Carved Mixed-Use Housing Block for Moscow, Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten
Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten

Russian practice Kleinewelt Architekten have designed a mixed-use housing block for Moscow that features a carved stone-relief facade. Inspired by historic Russian chambers and Italian palazzos, the project combines a residential building with cultural spaces and social care functions. Called Allegoria Mosca, the design draws upon the site's history and features an open-air art space, conference and lecture halls, as well as a transformable exhibition hall.

Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten Allegoria Mosca. Image Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten + 11

MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow

13:00 - 14 November, 2018
MVRDV Brings Minecraft to Life with RED7 Housing in Moscow, RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV
RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV

Dutch practice MVRDV have unveiled RED7, a housing project for Moscow and the firm’s first building in Russia. MVRDV won the competition to design RED7 for client GK Osnova in December 2017, and the project has been accepted by the architectural committee of Moscow. Designed with a Minecraft-like gradient of blocks, the project was inspired by its neighboring context. As a symbolic gateway into the city center, the design will include 289 apartments with external terraces and expansive views of Moscow's skyline.

RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV RED7. Image Courtesy of MVRDV + 12

Zaha Hadid Architects Among Firms Chosen for Russian Mega-Smart City

11:00 - 8 November, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Among Firms Chosen for Russian Mega-Smart City, © Flying Architecture
© Flying Architecture

Zaha Hadid Architects, working in collaboration with Russia-based TPO Pride Architects has been selected as one of three consortiums to realize the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye neighborhood in the West of the Russian capital Moscow.

The team will work with fellow winners Nikken Sekkei, UNK Project, Archea Associati, and ABD Architects to develop 4 million square meters of new buildings over 460 hectares. Over one-third of the new neighborhoods will be parklands and forest bordering the Moscow River, with a centerpiece 30-hectare lake.

A Skate-spot near the Krymsky overpass / Snohetta + Strelka KB + Strelka Architects

06:00 - 31 October, 2018
A Skate-spot near the Krymsky overpass / Snohetta + Strelka KB + Strelka Architects, Courtesy of Strelka KB
Courtesy of Strelka KB

Courtesy of Strelka KB Courtesy of Strelka KB Courtesy of Strelka KB Courtesy of Strelka KB + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Lead Architects

    Strelka Architects & Snohetta (Dasha Paramonova, Daria Alekseenko, Khamid Taytsenov, Kirill Lebedev, Anna Khludeneva, Ivan Selednikov, Margarita Loseva)
  • Other Participants

    “Federation of Skateboarding” and “Tsekh” (Russia-based company which produces and tests the equipment for skateparks)
  • Area

    470.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

Rassvet Loft Renovation / DNK ag

05:00 - 28 October, 2018
Rassvet Loft  Renovation / DNK ag, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov + 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Lead Architects

    Daniil Lorenz, Natalia Sidorova, Konstantin Khodnev, Marina Ustyugova, Andrew Taranuha, Ilya Bolotov
  • Interiors

    Anna Baranova, M. Kochurkina, E. Philatova
  • Engineering

    «OLYMP Design Group» (Russia), «Synergy PRO» (Russia)
  • Area

    21780.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Roof House / MILODAMALO

01:00 - 23 October, 2018
The Roof House / MILODAMALO, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Lead Architects

    Maksim Nizov, Maria Surkova
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Solntsevo Metro Station / Nefa Architects

00:00 - 10 October, 2018
Solntsevo Metro Station / Nefa Architects, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov + 41

  • Architects

    Margarita Kornienko, Maria Tarasova
  • Location

    Solntsevo Metro Station, Moscow, Russia
  • Chief Architect

    Dmitry Ovcharov
  • Authors Team

    Dmitry Ovcharov, Elena Mertsalova, Viktor Kolupaev
  • Area

    3935.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Khokhlovskaya Square / Strelka KB + DJAO-RAKITINE

02:00 - 3 October, 2018
Khokhlovskaya Square / Strelka KB + DJAO-RAKITINE, © Alexey Nazarov
© Alexey Nazarov

© Alexey Nazarov © Alexey Nazarov © Alexey Nazarov © Alexey Nazarov + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Lead Architects

    Strelka KB & Djao-Rakitine (Alexandra Sytnikova, Andris Rubenis, Dalia Saffiulina, Gulnara Safarova, Irene Djao-Rakitine, Valmore Rojas, Chun Wing Fok)
  • Other Participants

    Dialog LLC
  • Area

    3850.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Heneghan Peng's Moscow Contemporary Arts Center Scrapped Due to Funding Shortage

12:00 - 25 September, 2018
Heneghan Peng's Moscow Contemporary Arts Center Scrapped Due to Funding Shortage, via NCCA
via NCCA

Heneghan Peng’s proposal for a new National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) in Moscow has been abandoned. As reported by the Calvert Journal, public officials were unwilling to foot the $240million bill for the flagship project, which Heneghan Peng were selected to design in late 2013.

Speaking to the Art Newspaper Russia, the head of the NCCA Sergey Perov confirmed that the project has been officially scrapped due to lack of funding.

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Moscow’s New Supertall Skyscraper Approved for Construction

14:30 - 29 August, 2018
Moscow’s New Supertall Skyscraper Approved for Construction, High-rise Residential Complex. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects
High-rise Residential Complex. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects

Moscow officials have approved a new supertall building that will become the city's tallest skyscraper. Rising 404 meters (1,325 feet) in height as part of the Moscow City commercial district, the tower is designed by Sergey Skuratov Architects. The unnamed structure will be a multifunctional residential complex with 109 floors. The new skyscraper will break Moscow's current tall building record set by Federation Tower at 373-meter-tall (1,226 feet) tall. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.

High-rise Residential Complex. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects High-rise Residential Complex. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects High-rise Residential Complex. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects High-rise Residential Complex. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects + 34

Lefortovo / buro5

02:00 - 15 August, 2018
Lefortovo / buro5, © Luciano Spinelli
© Luciano Spinelli

© Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli © Luciano Spinelli + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Boris Denisyuk
  • Area

    75.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Rambler Roof / Nefa Architects

01:00 - 14 August, 2018
Rambler Roof / Nefa Architects, © Polina Poludkina
© Polina Poludkina

© Polina Poludkina © Polina Poludkina © Polina Poludkina © Polina Poludkina + 39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Lead Architects

    Dmitry Ovcharov, Elena Mertsalova, Maria Nasonova
  • Area

    170.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Moscow Urban Forum: Rem Koolhaas, Vladimir Putin and the Future of Moscow

08:40 - 2 August, 2018
Vladimir Putin. Image Courtesy of MUF
Vladimir Putin. Image Courtesy of MUF

For the last eight years, Moscow has hosted the Moscow Urban Forum, a yearly gathering for experts to reunite to discuss pressing issues of today’s metropolises. Some of the most renowned architects and urbanists, city mayors, government officials, economists, developers, academics, citizens and professionals from diverse fields and nationalities come together in the iconic Russian city and its important venues like Menage or VDNKh. But it was the presence of two of the world’s most influential men in their respective areas of influence which marked the importance of this year Moscow Urban Forum: Rem Koolhaas and Vladimir Putin.

The event is part of a long-term, comprehensive urban process in which a series of coordinated projects have changed the face of Moscow, putting it on par with other European capitals. Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, many of these projects reached completion, making this edition of the Moscow Urban Forum a special one. The Garden Ring, the Krymskaya Embankment, the renovated Luzhniki Stadium, the Gorky Park renovation, the Garage Museum, the My Street Program, the Moscow Central Circle, and the Velobike Public Bike System, among many other initiatives, show the commitment of the city to improving the quality of its public spaces. Upcoming projects such as the new Hermitage Museum by Asymptote, the V-A-C Foundation in Red October by Renzo Piano, the Moskva River Embankment by Project Meganom, and the renovation of the Tretyakov Gallery by OMA show that this responsibility extends beyond the World Cup.

Sergey Skuratov of Sergey Skuratov Architects: "I Imagine the Building as a Living Thing"

09:30 - 1 August, 2018
Copper House / Sergey Skuratov Architects. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects
Copper House / Sergey Skuratov Architects. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects

Sergey Skuratov, founder of Sergey Skuratov Architects, an award-winning Russian practice (2008 Architect of the Year), is known for his sleek and well-composed portfolio. Projects such as Copper House, Art House, and House on Mosfilmovskaya Street demonstrate his sensitivity to materiality and ability to retain his vision from concept to reality. Over the last two decades Skuratov has succeeded in producing a whole strata of world-class architecture in Moscow, far more than any other local practitioner. His projects, predominantly residential and office complexes, have remained attractive and versatile without ever veering into conservatism.

Minsk Hills / Sergey Skuratov Architects. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects Ego House / Sergey Skuratov Architects. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects House on Mosfilmovskaya Street / Sergey Skuratov Architects. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects Copper House / Sergey Skuratov Architects. Image Courtesy of Sergey Skuratov Architects + 16

"Four Nooks" - Interior of the Apartment in Moscow / Alexey Rozenberg

05:00 - 15 July, 2018
© Victor Chernishev
© Victor Chernishev

© Victor Chernishev © Victor Chernishev © Victor Chernishev © Victor Chernishev + 26