NEW TOWN, MOSCOW
This is a mixed-use urban development for 25,000 people, covering over 130ha of disused agro-industrial land on the edge of Moscow. The future development will comprise around 8,000 residential units and a town-centre area, with administrative buildings, retail areas, offices, schools, sports facilities, amenities and services, a new transport and infrastructure strategy, and landscaped and recreational areas. One of the main design criteria was to provide a compact urban plan, thereby reducing travelling distances and the need to use cars. The town is planned around a central boulevard running north to south through the site. This is crossed by a central public area with restaurants, cafés and hotels overlooking a central lake, which is regenerated from an existing water feature. Residential areas are made up of a flexible pattern of interlocking blocks. Careful attention is given to integrating this scheme into the existing landscape and surrounding nature without detrimental effect. These areas are, in turn, dissected by parkland which connects the town directly to the natural surroundings through footpaths and bicycle tracks. The new town is a joint venture with Jan Störmer Partners, Hamburg.