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Russian star bags Pushkin job following Foster’s exit

Project Meganom has won a design competition judged by David Chipperfield to overhaul Moscow’s Pushkin Museum – a year after Norman Foster resigned from the high-profile job

The studio was one of three Moscow-based architects who were invited to compete for the £415 million overhaul of the fine arts museum in April.

The single-stage design contest followed Foster’s much-publicised departure from the ambitious regeneration scheme. Foster claimed the Pushkin Museum had failed to involve the practice in the project and called for the practice’s name, Foster + Partners, to be removed from the development which it claimed was being ‘carried out by others’.

The resignation came shortly after Moscow chief architect Sergei Kuznetsov demanded Foster personally visit the city to take a more active role in the project.

Project Meganom’s winning proposal will brings together various disconnected structures on the city centre site to create a new, integrated ‘museum town’.

Reserve and Sergey Skuratov Architects also competed for the prestigious job which remains similar in scope to the previous overhaul which Foster won in 2009.

Backed by the Russian Ministry of Culture, the redevelopment project aims to create a new cultural quarter around the iconic museum designed by architects Roman Klein and Vladimir Shukhov in 1912.

The three studios have until 12 June to complete design proposals for the project which will include refurbishment and at least one new build structure.

The competition jury featured Russian deputy culture minister Pirumov Gregory, Pushkin Museum director Marina Lochak and David Chipperfield.

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