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Moussavi and McAslan named on Moscow shortlist

Two UK practices have made the shortlist for a major museum scheme in Moscow

John McAslan and Partners is among the finalists for the Museum and Educational Centre of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The firm is bidding in partnership with local firm Project Meganom.

London-based Farshid Moussavi Architecture also made the cut, teamed with Russian practice Rozhdestvenka Architectural Bureau.

The British pair face stiff competition from Dutch firm Mecanoo; Italian practice Massimilliano Fuksas; 3XN from Denmark; and US-based Leeser Architecture. All finalists have local partners.

The six teams will present concepts for the Museum and Educational Centre in February 2013, and a winner will be announced in March.

The shortlist in full:

  • John McAslan & Partners (UK) with Project Meganom (Russia)
  • Mecanoo (Netherlands) and TPO Rezerve (Russia)
  • Farshid Moussavi Architecture (UK) and Architectural bureau Rozhdestvenka (Russia)
  • Massimiliano Fuksas (Italy) and Speech (Russia)
  • 3XN (Denmark) and Asadov Architectural Studio (Russia)
  • Leeser Architecture (USA) and ABD Architects (Russia)

The Polytechnic Museum in Moscow is one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world.

The new Museum and Educational Centre is planned to exhibit scientific and technical achievements, with completion expected by 2018.

Aidan Potter, director at John McAslan + Partners, told AJ: ‘We are delighted to be selected for the prestigious Moscow Polytechnic Museum Competition with our collegues from Project Meganom and Buro Happold.

‘We believe the project demands a design response rooted in concerns for the environment, education and architecture through the language of science and we are sure it will add to Moscow’s continuous renaissance as a world city.’

Moscow is an exciting place for architects at the moment, with the Russian Federation Council planning to more than double the size of the city.

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