Foster and Partners has unveiled these designs for a vast mixed-use development next to the Kremlin in Moscow at international property fair MIPIM, in the south of France. The 314,000m 2 scheme will replace the Rossiya Hotel - once the world's largest hotel - and will offer a new cultural quarter, complete with hotels, shops, offices and apartments, for Russia's historic and political hub. The site is a stone's throw from Red Square, currently the focus of a battle between heritage groups and developers hoping to turn a section of the former Soviet stronghold into retail spaces and hotels.
According to Foster and Partners, the masterplan 'will respect the historic street grid', and will allow views across the site to buildings such as the 16th-century St Basil's Cathedral. The firm says the new scheme will 'heal the scars of the Rossiya Hotel', offering 'generous' spaces for retail as well as new hotel and commercial accommodation.