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Moscow announces subway station design contest

Moscow has opened an international design contest for two new subway stations

The two-stage competition seeks ‘inimitable, one of a kind’ proposals for Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino stations.

Planned to open in 2017, the two stops will be the latest addition to the city’s new Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya Line which connects suburban neighbourhoods to Moscow’s business centre.

Announcing the contest, Moscow deputy mayor Marat Khusnullin said: ‘This is the first time in Moscow’s recent history that the city authorities are holding such a competition, giving you the chance to bring to life the best possible architectural and artistic solution for the new stations of Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino.’

He continued: ‘This is a serious challenge and a great responsibility. The realised projects will contribute to forming the new profile of the Moscow Metro, and the architectural and historical ensemble as a whole, for many decades to come.’

Up until the 1960s underground stations were seen as showpieces of scientific and technological achievement within the USSR.

These lavish designs gave way to more utilitarian structures during the Khrushchev era but in recent years have become popular again.  

The competition – organised by Moscow’s Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design – seeks ‘contemporary, bright and memorable’ proposals for the stations which will be built to standard designs.

Solntsevo Station will receive up to 7,500 persons per hour during rush hour and will feature two underground vestibules with ticket halls.

Entrances to the station – located between Bogdanova Street and the Borovskoye Highway – must be covered by aboveground pavilions.

Novoperedelkino Station will be built directly the Borovskoye Highway close to its intersection with Sholokhova Street. The stop is expected to handle 12,100 passengers per hour at peak times.

With 2.4 billion passengers a year the Moscow Metro is the second busiest subway system in the world after Tokyo’s. The city government plans to expand the network with 150 kilometre of new lines and more than 70 new stations by 2020.

Ten finalist teams will share a £67,000 prize fund. Two winners will be selected to design the stations and awarded a £60,000 design contract each.

The deadline for submissions is 31 July.







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