Archinect - News 2015-05-27T16:20:36-04:00 Asymptote to design Hermitage satellite museum in abandoned Moscow factory Alexander Walter 2015-03-13T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T09:19:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The State Hermitage Museum signed a protocol of intent on Wednesday, 11 March, with the St Petersburg-based LSR development group to open a satellite branch of the museum in Moscow, on the grounds of the landmark former Soviet ZIL automobile plant. [...] Also present was the Canadian architect Hani Rashid who will design the satellite with his New York-based firm Asymptote Architecture. Russian media report that construction is due to be completed by 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow? Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:43:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, brash, and full of energy, Moscow is a city that knows how to make an impression. But for all its attractions &mdash; world-class museums, clubs and rapidly transforming food scene, to name a few &mdash; its downsides are impossible to ignore. [...] This week, The Calvert Journal considers Moscow&rsquo;s prospects, consulting experts at the Moscow Urban Forum, looking in detail at two projects in the pipeline &mdash; VDNKh and Zaryadye Park &mdash; and checking out some neighbourhoods that are already going places.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova share what's in store for the new Garage Museum Justine Testado 2015-01-19T18:09:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:12:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In The Wall Street Journal Magazine's upcoming February issue, writer Tony Perrottet tells the history and potential of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and its location in Moscow's Gorky Park, as he visits the site to meet with&nbsp;art philanthropist Dasha Zhukova and Rem Koolhaas. Founded by Zhukova in 2008, the Garage will move from its current location in a Shigeru Ban-designed pavilion to the former Soviet-era Vremena Goda that Koolhaas is converting into the new 58,000 sq.foot Garage Museum, set to open this June. Zhukova invested in the renovation project aiming to connect Moscow to the international art scene.</p><p>In conversation, Zhukova talks about the interests and knowledge of global culture in Moscow's youth, and their influence in shaping the Garage. Koolhaas talks about his design approach in restoring the decaying Vremena Goda amidst current museum-design trends. He also looks back to the time he spent in the U.S.S.R during the 1960s.</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garage Museum Teaches an Old...</a></p> A Soviet-nostalgia project Nam Henderson 2014-12-24T14:54:00-05:00 >2014-12-26T15:23:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This process is cheaper and faster than restoration, and allows developers to make cosmetic improvements as they see fit. Moscow, you are a fake and a fraud.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Masha Gessen penned a "Dear John" letter to Moscow. Exploring the city and its love affair with&nbsp;anthropomorphic monuments, she laments the "barbaric destruction" and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hipsterization</a>&nbsp;of the city&rsquo;s historic architecture and public spaces.</p> Building sight: pictures of a post-Soviet city in flux Alexander Walter 2014-10-16T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In A Model for a City photographer Petr Antonov studies Moscow as the perfect example of a post-Soviet urban environment. The streets, buildings, cars and people captured by his camera are isolated from their everyday purposes and work like visual elements of the cityscape. [...] Antonov successfully captured the change so typical for most post-Soviet cities: newly built high-rises and faceless malls emerging on the horizon, ugly signage and never-ending building works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exploring post-Soviet architectural oddities</a></p> Garage Museum Teaches an Old Building New Tricks Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:25:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announced yesterday that its forthcoming permanent home inside the Soviet-era eatery in the capital&rsquo;s central Gorky Park is due to open in June 2015. [...] And Rem Koolhaas, who was tasked with transforming the abandoned restaurant's ruin for the museum, is leaving it largely untouched.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Lawsuits, Legos and landmarks: Weekly News Round-Up for August 18, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-11-17T19:32:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 22:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid sues architecture critic Martin Filler over book review</a></strong>: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hadid</a> is responding to allegedly defamatory comments made by Filler regarding her <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Demolition of 5 Pointz Has Begun</a></strong>: The "Graffiti Mecca" was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slated for demolition last November</a>, when the property owners' "broken window" theory justification beat out the artists' protests. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two residential towers will be built in 5 Pointz's place</a>.</li><li><strong><a title="Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Study confirms LA is least affordable city for rentals in US</a></strong>: Depressing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> study confirms that in the city with the highest proportion of renters in the country, the average renter spends nearly 47% of their income on rent. The news is part of&nbsp;a nearly fifty year old trend in the renting market.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 21:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a title="Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego House in Billund, Denmark, begins construction by laying giant Lego brick&ndash;shaped foundation stones</a></strong>: Even if <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> hadn't designed it, Bjarke would have laid the first brick.</li><li><strong><a title="Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after landmark court ruling" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Istanbul's 'illegal' towers to be demolished after...</a></strong></li></ul> Moscow Puts Iconic Shukhov Tower on Protected Landmark List Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:15:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow City Hall has formally prohibited the moving or reassembly of a Soviet architectural landmark that has been under threat of demolition blamed by conservationists on real estate developers. [...] The radio tower's materials, architectural composition, structural elements and location all fall under the conservation order by City Hall's heritage department, published by judicial database. This puts an end to earlier proposals to move or dismantle and rebuild the tower.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muscovites are voting by smartphone on whether to demolish a beloved modernist landmark</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow</a></p></li></ul> Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup Alexander Walter 2014-07-17T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:36:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> After Foster's departure, Pushkin Museum hires Moscow architect for expansion Alexander Walter 2014-07-02T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:49:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Russian architect Yuri Grigoryan, and his firm Project Meganom, have been chosen for the long-delayed 22bn ruble ($640m) expansion of the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. The new design replaces a controversial proposal by the British architect Norman Foster that required the destruction of historic buildings, upsetting preservationists. Foster pulled out of the project last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Foster withdraws from Moscow museum expansion</a></p> Muscovites are voting by smartphone on whether to demolish a beloved modernist landmark Alexander Walter 2014-06-27T12:56:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:36:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Moscow city government is asking citizens to weigh in on the fate of the Shukhov radio tower, a rusted icon of Soviet constructivist architecture that&rsquo;s threatened with demolition. [...] The vote, which began this week and runs until July 6, is being held on Active Citizen, an iOS and Android app released by the city last month. The app polls citizens on topics such as street-tree planting and changes to daylight savings time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow Puts Iconic Shukhov Tower on Protected Landmark List</a></p><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow</a></p> MVRDV-led consortium to refurbish historic Serp & Molot factory site in Moscow Justine Testado 2014-04-30T16:29:00-04:00 >2014-04-30T16:29:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Preserving the rich history of an iconic site while modernizing any aspect of its design is always a tricky feat. For MVRDV, one of their latest competition wins is redeveloping the urban plan of the historic Serp &amp; Molot (Hammer &amp; Sickle) Factory...In the two-stage competition, the winning team was chosen out of a shortlist with LDA Design (UK), Ateliers lion Associ&eacute;s (France), Mega Project (Russia), and De Architecten Cie. (Netherlands).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the winning proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The project, which has a total investment estimated at 180 billion Rouble, is expected to be complete in 2021.</p><p>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Park Russia proposal by 2nd-place finalist HOSPER Justine Testado 2014-01-22T20:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T20:49:50-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Up next in the Park Russia proposals comes from HOSPER (Niek Roozen &ndash; Cepezed &ndash; Witteveen+Bos). At the end of the international competition, the Dutch team placed in second out of the five finalists.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cushman &amp; Wakefield-led consortium wins Park Russia competition</a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five teams selected for Stage II of &ldquo;Russia&rdquo; Theme Park competition</a><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Read more about HOSPER's proposal on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Cushman & Wakefield-led consortium wins Park Russia competition Justine Testado 2014-01-22T20:13:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T20:13:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Commercial real estate firm Cushman &amp; Wakefield led the consortium that won first prize in the recently concluded Park Russia competition. The international consortium included Buro Happold, Populous, and Gillespies -- who led the masterplanning design team. The Russia Geographic Society and Moscow Region Government hosted the contest to find the most suitable architectural design and financial models for the "Russia"-themed 1,600 ha. Park in the Moscow region.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five teams selected for Stage II of &ldquo;Russia&rdquo; Theme Park competition</a><br><br> Here are more details to the winning proposal:</p> <p> "The consortium&rsquo;s winning proposals provided the Jury with a masterplan and business strategy showing three main zones of the park and opportunities for investment in leisure projects for the day visitor and in the development of a strong tourism resort destination where large numbers of visitors will stay in the park.</p> <p> The business strategy shows a 12-year investment period, principally by the private sector, and Cushman &amp; Wakefield show how viable development projects can be marketed to the private sector. The development is to have strong &ldquo;green&rdquo; building credentials and intends to optimise rail access from Moscow and Domodedovo to cope with the large numbers of annual visitors ranging up to a potential 10 million per annum.&nbsp; Russian cultural experts NEBA directed the unique cultural &amp; heritage program of the proposals.</p> <p> The Cushman &amp; Wakefield consor...</p> WAI Architecture Think Tank’s shortlisted proposal for Moscow’s NCCA competition Justine Testado 2013-12-27T18:24:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:21:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>WAI Architecture Think Tank sent us their design for Moscow's New National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) that was shortlisted in the top 10 designs during the competition. Heneghan Peng's design was chosen as the winner, as announced earlier today.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of WAI Architecture Think Tank</em></p> <p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read more about the new NCCA competition in the News.</p> Heneghan Peng wins Moscow’s NCCA competition Alexander Walter 2013-12-27T14:22:00-05:00 >2014-08-13T12:56:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="497" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Christmas came early for Heneghan Peng Architects: the Irish firm was announced on December 23 as the final winner of the international competiton for Moscow&rsquo;s new National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA).</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three finalists for Moscow&rsquo;s New National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)</a></p> Three finalists for Moscow’s New National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) Justine Testado 2013-12-16T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-08-13T12:40:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Strelka Institute for media, architecture and design announced on Dec. 12 the three finalists for the international competition to design the National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) at the Khodynskoe Pole in Moscow.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heneghan Peng wins Moscow&rsquo;s NCCA competition</a></p><p>Out of 10 teams in the second round of the competition, the jury selected 3 finalists:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Heneghan Peng Architects (Ireland)</strong></a><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Spain):</strong></a><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><br><br><strong>MEL (Russia)</strong>:<br><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p><br><img alt="" title="" src=""></p> 2nd-place Zaryadye Park competition entry by team TPO Reserve Justine Testado 2013-11-15T19:28:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T22:55:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="242" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Have a closer look into the Zaryadye Park design scheme by TPO Reserve with Maxwan Architects + Urbanists, Latz + Partner, and Buro Happold. The team recently won second place in the international Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro wins Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Diller Scofidio + Renfro wins Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow Justine Testado 2013-11-12T15:31:00-05:00 >2013-11-15T19:31:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="281" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diller Scofidio + Renfro has won the Zaryadye Park competition in Moscow. Set in the historic district of Zaryadye in downtown Moscow, the design competition was established to find an architecture and landscape plan to transform the 130,000 sq.m. former site of Hotel Russia into a multi-functional public park. Coming in second and third place are TPO Reserve and MVRDV, respectively.</p></em><br /><br /><p> See also: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2nd-place Zaryadye Park competition entry by team TPO Reserve</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Master plan. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Entrance from the Red Square. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Postcard Moscow. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Panorama. First-place entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro</p> <p> <em>The concept of the Zaryadye park is based on the principles of wild urbanism, where people and plants co-exist in the same area. Wild urbanism creates a clear system of interaction between nature and the city. People are not imposed on certain routes and plants can grow freely. Wild urbanism - is an opportunity to leave the city, and at the same time be closer to it. Nature provides an unexpected contrast to the city, keeping the balance with culture. The territory of the park has four typical Russian landscape zones : tundra, steppe , forest and marsh. The zones are organized in terraces that descend from the upper to a lower level of the...</em></p> Five teams selected for Stage II of “Russia” Theme Park competition Justine Testado 2013-11-05T13:13:00-05:00 >2013-11-05T13:24:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Five teams were selected for the second stage of the international architectural "Russia" theme park competition. The Jury, the Expert Council, and "Russia" park representatives met this past September to begin searching for the concept and financial model for the theme park. Twenty-six submissions out of 180 registered applicants from 41 countries made it to Stage I, which was then narrowed down to 18 after the Expert Council made further evaluations.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Out of those 18 submissions, only 5 finalists were selected to move on to Stage II:</p> <ul><li> BBDB: Balmori + base4+ DBA Proekt</li> <li> Citymakers</li> <li> Cushman &amp; Wakefield</li> <li> HOSPER</li> <li> Mosproject-5</li> </ul> Moscow New NCCA Entry by Tom Wiscombe Design Alexander Walter 2013-10-07T19:11:00-04:00 >2013-10-10T17:01:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier today, we published the ten shortlisted firms which qualified to move on to stage 2 of the international architectural competition for the new National Center for Contemporary Arts (New NCCA) in Moscow, Russia. The entry by Los Angeles-based Tom Wiscombe Design didn't quite make the list, but we are happy to present it here to a wider audience.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" target="_blank">Ten Firms Shortlisted for the Final Stage of Moscow&rsquo;s New NCCA</a></p> Ten Firms Shortlisted for the Final Stage of Moscow’s New NCCA croixe 2013-10-06T21:54:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T12:50:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Jury announced the list of participants of the second stage. During the press conference on October 1, 2013 competition Jury announced the names of 10 participants of the second phase of the International competition for the architectural concept of museum and exhibition complex of the New National centre for contemporary arts.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The international competition to design the New National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow was held in two stages and its now entering its final phase with ten offices selected to make a final concept proposal for the design of the biggest institution of contemporary art in Russia.&nbsp; Five offices were selected through a &ldquo;preliminary concept&rdquo; proposal while five firms were shortlisted through their &ldquo;dossiers&rdquo;. The ten architectural firms are:</p> <ol><li> UNK Project (Russia)</li> <li> WAI Architecture Think Tank (China)</li> <li> Anton Barklyanski (Russia)</li> <li> Melorama (Russia)</li> <li> Ghirardelli Giancarlo Architect (Italy)</li> <li> Steven Holl Architects (USA)</li> <li> Nieto Sobejano (Spain)</li> <li> Heneghan Peng (Ireland)</li> <li> 51N4E (Belgium)</li> <li> Alejandro Aravena (Chile)</li> </ol><p> The international jury of curators, museum and art institution directors, and architects included&nbsp; Maria Baibakova (Director and Chief Curator, BAIBAKOV art projects, Russia); Bart de Baere (Director, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuH...</p> Lord Foster withdraws from Moscow museum expansion Archinect 2013-08-19T09:55:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:34:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="292" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renowned British architect Norman Foster has resigned from a proposed expansion to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. In a statement released on Thursday, Foster + Partners claimed it had formally resigned from the project more than two months ago. In 2009, the Russian government approved Foster's plans and agreed a sum of $650m (&pound;415m) to modernise and expand the museum. But the project subsequently stalled.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Jerde-designed mixed-use destination in Moscow begins construction Archinect 2013-01-28T13:40:00-05:00 >2013-02-06T23:16:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The first-ever, integrated mixed-use destination in Russia designed by the Jerde Partnership, a U.S. architecture firm renowned for creating experiential destinations, is under construction in central Moscow.&nbsp;&nbsp; Kuntsevo Plaza &ndash; a vibrant new live, work, shopping and entertainment village occupying a full city block &ndash; will deliver a modern community gathering place rooted in art, nature, and urbanity. Providing a stage for lifestyle, the pedestrian-oriented center is made up of geometric buildings that vary in size and shape, and topped with terraces and undulating glass features, to create a new landmark for the city.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The project provides a vital connection to the nearby transit line through the grand exterior plaza, multiple entryways and various street connections.&nbsp; Intentionally designed to allow the community to naturally flow through it, the development will seamlessly connect commuters and visitors arriving from the nearby subway to the neighborhoods and urban areas sur...</p> Big Name Teams Shortlisted for Museum and Educational Center in Moscow Alexander Walter 2012-12-19T14:44:00-05:00 >2012-12-24T15:23:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six international teams have been selected for the second stage of the architectural design competition for the Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &nbsp;The shortlisted design teams are:</p> <ul><li> Project Meganom (Russia) and John McAslan &amp; Partners (UK)</li> <li> Mecanoo International B.V. (The Netherlands) and TPO Rezerv (Russia)</li> <li> Farshid Moussavi Architecture (UK) and Rozhdestvenka Architectural Bureau (Russia)</li> <li> Massimiliano Fuksas Architetto (Italy) and Speech (Russia)</li> <li> 3XN A/S (Denmark) and Asadov Architectural Studio (Russia)</li> <li> Leeser Architecture (USA) and ABD Architects (Russia)</li> </ul><p> In case one of the selected finalists decides to drop out of the competition, the consortium of COOP Himmelb(l)au (Austria) and Architecture Bureau Atrium (Russia) was chosen to replace it.</p> Melnikov House in danger of collapse Archinect 2012-12-12T15:26:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:02:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The house is still inhabited by Viktor's daughter, Ekaterina Karinskaya. Ever since Viktor died in 2006, there have been plans to turn the building into a museum, but a family dispute involving Ms Karinskaya, her sister, the Moscow government and a multi-millionaire has meant that no progress has been made. Preservationists say a nearby construction site has caused the foundations of the Melnikov House to be put in danger.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Garage Unveils Shigeru Ban Designed Pavilion in Gorky Park Archinect 2012-10-19T14:17:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T18:21:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Garage Center for Contemporary Culture will be unveiling its new, temporary pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban in Moscow&rsquo;s Gorky Park tomorrow.<br><br> The structure, located near the park's Pionersky Pond, uses locally produced paper tubes to create an oval wall that will be 7.5 meters high. The total area of the pavilion will be 2,400 square meters and will include an 800 square meter rectangular exhibition space, a bookshop and a caf&eacute;, all within an oval exterior constructed from cardboard tubes. The pavilion will host exhibitions and educational activities until late 2013, after which time it will be dedicated to experimental projects.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The first of these exhibitions, <em>Temporary Structures in Gorky Park: From Melnikov to Ban</em>, will inaugurate the space. Showing rare archival drawings &ndash; many of which have never been seen before &ndash; the exhibition will begin by revealing the profound history of structures created in the park since the site was first developed in 1923, before moving throu...</p> Moscow Expansion Competition - Winning Entry by CCPG Alexander Walter 2012-09-11T15:04:00-04:00 >2012-09-17T18:12:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Capital Cities Planning Group (CCPG), an Anglo-American team including Gillespies, John Thompson &amp; Partners and Buro Happold, has won a prestigious competition to plan the future expansion of the City of Moscow, Russia. The international jury [...] awarded two prizes; one to CCPG led by US-based Urban Design Associates for the design and planning of the new Federal District, and the second to Antoine Grumbach &amp; Jean-Michel Wilmotte of Paris for the overall planning of Moscow.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Need More Office Space? Just Stick Some in the Alley Archinect 2012-04-10T20:47:00-04:00 >2012-04-11T11:46:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Moscow, it's common for two buildings to have blind walls facing each other over a wide alley. This setup provides the perfect space for a lithe, little office to build itself a perch. The structure fuses onto the neighboring buildings with steel clamps, hovering off the ground so pedestrians can stroll under it. It also glows at night, thanks to a translucent plastic shell, looking like a wasps' nest from hell.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 250m skyscraper in flames: Europe's tallest-to-be tower burns in Moscow Archinect 2012-04-02T17:33:00-04:00 >2012-04-08T21:48:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The fire engulfing Moscow&rsquo;s Federation Tower has been extinguished. About 300 square meters of the yet-to-be-completed skyscraper were set ablaze, but the centrally located building has been evacuated and no victims have been reported. The fire broke on the building's 67th floor (250 meters above the ground) and spread to several sections on the 66th and 65th floors. Fourteen people working at the floors hit by the firestorm were evacuated.</p></em><br /><br /><p> via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the forum</a></p>