Zaha Hadid Architects Selected to Build New “Smart City” in Moscow

Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye - Moscow- Zaha Hadid Architects

Shortly after announcing that they will be building a new Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Zaha Hadid Architects has been granted an even bigger project in Russia's capital. The team of ZHA and the Russian firm TPO Pride Architects is one of three consortiums that will be creating the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye neighborhood west of Moscow.

This smart city will feature homes for 66,500 residents, schools, medical clinics, shopping districts, transit infrastructure, and civic spaces. To compensate for Russia's growing financial, consulting, and legal sectors, the neighborhood will also accommodate two acres (800,000 square meters) of office space.

The new area will be developed across 1,136 acres (460 hectares), with one third used as parkland and forest bordering the Moscow River. A 74-acre (30-hectare) lake at the center will provide a natural respite from the city. Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye itself is fulfilling a critical role in helping with Moscow's rapid growth, as the population has increased by 30% over the past 20 years. A new metro line will link the area with Moscow's city center, to meet the demands of citizens without overcrowding the center.

Looking to become a global benchmark for sustainable cities, Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye will integrate new technology to optimize consumption and increase connectivity. “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 organizing 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,” shares Christos Passas of ZHA.

Zaha Hadid Architects and TPO Pride Architects are one of three consortiums that will build the Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye neighborhood west of Moscow.

Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye - Moscow- Zaha Hadid Architects

Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye - Moscow- Zaha Hadid Architects

Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye - Moscow- Zaha Hadid Architects

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All images via Flying Architects.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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