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Design contest held for three new Moscow metro stations

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Russia’s Agency for Strategic Development, CENTER has launched an open international competition for three new suburban metro stations in north Moscow

Open to multidisciplinary teams, the two-stage contest seeks proposals for passenger areas and entrance halls at Sheremetyevskaya, Rzhevskaya and Stromynka stations.

The planned stations are all part of the city’s second ring line (pictured) which is planned to complete in 2020. Dubbed the Third Interchange Circuit, the 60km route will feature 28 stations and is expected to reduce congestion and halve journey times on the Moscow Metro.

According to the brief: ‘The main objective of this tender is to find an optimum design and architectural-artistic solution for interiors of passenger areas and entrance halls of Sheremetyevskaya, Rzhevskaya and Stromynka stations.

‘Principal design solutions must include a proposal on materials, lighting and non-bearing structures of the stations.’

The state-owned Moscow Metro first opened in 1935, and comprises 12 lines leading radially out from the city centre. The latest project is part of an ongoing overhaul of the metro system, which is thought to be one of the most intensely used undergrounds in the world, hosting around 2.5 billion journeys per year. Between 2016 and 2020, the growing network is expected to gain 55 stations and 162km of track.

The competition also comes just months after the above-ground Moscow Central Circle line opened, serving 6 million commuters in its first month. Further improvements are expected to see the line handle up to 300 million passengers annually by 2025.

Last month the World Bank upgraded Russia to 40th place among 190 countries in its annual doing business rankings, citing an improved regulatory environment for development and construction.

The competition organiser, CENTER is a commercial agency set up to develop public-private urban regeneration projects in partnership with the City of Moscow. The organisation holds competitions and identifies private investors before presenting schemes to the city for approval and co-financing. Other international calls for architectural services are advertised by the city directly.

Applicants to the metro competition must submit a portfolio and brief essay outlining their approach to designing each station. Up to 15 shortlisted teams will then be invited to compete in the competition’s second stage, running from 24 January to 13 March.

Proposals must include a masterplan, lighting scheme, designs for station furniture, a materials specification and details of functional requirements.

Judges include Moscow deputy mayor for urban development Marat Khusnullin, the city’s chief architect Sergey Kuznetsov and Dmitry Pegov, head of the Moscow Metro.

The winning team is set to be announced on 4 April and will work with CENTER and the City of Moscow to develop the scheme further.

The deadline for applications is 15 December.

How to apply

View the competition brief for more information

Contact details

Agency for Strategic Development “CENTER”
Office 13, 6th floor
St. Bolshaya Molchanovka 21
121069, Moscow

Tel: +7 (495) 697-72-24
Email: info@centeragency.org

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