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ZHA vies for Moscow housing renewal job

Golovinsky, Moscow
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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is among 20 teams shortlisted for a major overhaul of historic housing estates across Moscow

The studio – working with OOO TPO Pride, ARTEZA, Transsolar, Tyrens, KPMG, KROST and Habidatum – is competing for one of five pilot sites within the city’s ambitious £4 billion regeneration programme.

Backed by Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin – the 25 million m² initiative will see around 10 per cent of the Russian capital’s existing housing stock redeveloped.

According to The Guardian around 1.6 million residents of the mostly Khrushchev-era buildings will be resettled. More than 130 teams applied for the contest.

ZHA is one of four teams competing to redesign the 109.6 hectare Kuzminki district featuring more than 80 buildings in the south-east of Moscow.

Fifteen other teams, including Steven Holl Architects and Nikken Sekkei, are meanwhile competing for additional pilot plots in Golovinsky (pictured), Tsaritsyno, Prospect Vernadskogo and Khoroshevo-Mnevniki.

Together pilot plots will see around 600 hectares of the city – containing more than 360 buildings – transformed into new housing.

The shortlisting comes two years after ZHA completed a landmark 21,184m2 office scheme within the city. Last year the practice also won a contest for a new ‘technopark’ for Russia’s largest bank just outside Moscow.

Judges include deputy mayor Marat Khusnullin, city architect Sergey Kuznetsov, head of urban planning Sergey Lyovkin and Gennadiy Belyaev, head of the State Budgetary Institution of Moscow.

Commenting on the shortlist, Kuznetsov said: ‘We can see the widest geographical coverage by applications: consortia are represented by companies from Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Spain, Malaysia, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, France, USA, Japan, Georgia, Turkey, India, Cyprus, Finland, Ukraine, China and Switzerland: 19 participating countries.

‘The large number of regional companies demonstrates the interest in the program throughout Russia.’

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