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Zaha Hadid Architects picked to design new Moscow district


Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), working with Russian-based TPO Pride Architects, is among a group of firms selected to design an entire new ‘smart city’ to the west of Moscow 

The AJ100 big hitter will work on the development of 4 million m² of new buildings covering 460ha for the new Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye district near the Russian capital.

Also working on the project will be Japanese practice Nikken Sekkei, Russian architects UNK Project and ABD Architects and Italian outfit Archea Associati.

Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye will include 66,500 homes and 800,000m² of office space as well as schools, medical clinics, transport infrastructure and shopping districts.

A third of the neighbourhood will be parklands and forest bordering the Moscow River with a 30ha lake at its centre.

The masterplan for the new urban centre has been developed in response to Moscow’s rapidly growing population, which has increased by 30 per cent in 20 years.

A metro line is scheduled to begin construction in 2020, connecting Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye with the Shelepikha interchange station of Moscow’s Metro system.

ZHA’s proposal for Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye is a phased development designed to ‘enhance residents’ interactions with each other, with nature and with new technologies’.

ZHA project director Christos Passas said: ’Working with specialist teams in Russia and Europe, we developed a people-centric design for a smart interconnected city that brings people together not only through innovative technology but also through organising the public realm; building a community that integrates the natural aspects of the site with principles of openness and inclusivity in high-quality architecture suited for the 21st century.’

Zha rublyovo arkhangelskoye render by va

Zha rublyovo arkhangelskoye render by va



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  • Could these writhing forms symbolise the people around Putin?

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  • Phil Parker

    Is this some form of self-parody? In fiction it might be the book completed after the author’s death - a sort of denial of closure. I’m unsure how this translates into architecture, though.

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