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Twelve Architects wins £600 million Russian airport scheme

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City of London-based Twelve Architects is to design a £600 million airport scheme in Russia in time for the 2018 football world cup

The practice, formed late last year by a group of former RMJM staff, beat three local firms at the final stage of an international design competition for the Rostov-on-Don Airport.

Its masterplan will include a terminal capable of handling 5 million passengers a year, as well as offices, a hotel, a business centre and a high-speed railway station.

A jury made up of client representatives, regional government officials and technical advisors backed Twelve Architects’ design as the most memorable.

Rostov transport minister Jivan Vartanian said: ‘Twelve Architect’s project may look too risky now but in future it will become the most advanced.’

Twelve said its masterplan made reference to the River Don with a central landscape feature that connects the airport terminal to the train station, car park, hotel and office buildings.

It added that the airport terminal was inspired by the idea of an airport as a bridge connecting cities together. The roof is formed from a series of bridge arches.

The scheme embraces passive design and renewable energies and responds to both the summer and winter climate, according to Twelve.

It is due to be completed in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when Rostov-on-Don will be a host city.

Twelve Architects was founded in December 2012 by former RMJM man Matt Cartwright and Russian structural engineer Dmitry Reutt.

It has also submitted designs for a 200,000m2 mixed-use scheme in Ekaterinburg.

Associate Pete Buist told AJ: ‘The World Cup is generating a lot of work in Russia at the moment.

‘We are looking at quite a lot of work there at the moment but much of it is at early stages.’

He said the ambition of the Rostov-on-Don scheme appealed to Twelve.

‘The brief was to create an icon,’ he said. ‘Rostov has aspirations and it is exciting to help with its transformation from an industrial port to a modern city.’

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