International Financial Center Moscow
International Financial Center Moscow

Small construction blocks and the division of quarters into individual neighbourhoods form a Russian doll principle which combines the overarching reference points of all quarters in a central plaza.

International Financial Center Moscow
International Financial Center Moscow
International Financial Center Moscow

CLIENT
JSC Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, Moscow

COMPLETION
2035

SIZE
460 hectares

AWARDS
WAN Future Projects Urban Design Award 2016

COLLABORATION
HPP Architekten, Düsseldorf
Kipar Landschaftsarchitekten, Duisburg
Drees & Sommer, Moscow / Stuttgart / Cologne

VISUALISATIONS
ASTOC / PLAY-TIME, Barcelona

International Financial Center Moscow

The me­an­der­ing course of the River Moskva with its expansive meadow land­scapes forms the starting point for the new Russian In­ter­na­tion­al Financial Center (IFC). As a green­field de­vel­op­ment, the IFC is being con­struct­ed 18 kilo­me­tres from the city centre at the gates to the Russian capital. On this site, this district offers a mix of res­i­den­tial and working en­vi­ron­ments, financial service providers, banking and stock exchange ac­tiv­i­ties. The master plan presented by ASTOC and HPP won the day in the com­pet­i­tive tender with dif­fer­en­ti­at­ed re­la­tion­ships between the urban space and a na­tur­is­tic open space concept with close ties to the water. Starting from the river, “green fingers” stretch into the heart of the de­vel­op­ment, the central plaza which opens out onto the existing lake. This will create five districts, each one grouped around its own square. The ring of gardens links the quarters across the green spaces.

The master plan uses the lie of the land for a phased de­vel­op­ment which offers great flex­i­bil­i­ty for designing the open and urban spaces. It thus uses a solid framework with torsional strength to control a struc­tur­al de­vel­op­ment which will stretch over the next 20 to 30 years. As a town on a human scale, the IFC rep­re­sents a counter-model to many, densely packed Moscow high-rise estates with very few designed and usable open spaces. The broad range of uses, the division into in­di­vid­ual quarters and the network of pedes­tri­an pathways create a social and urban balance for a sus­tain­able town with living neigh­bour­hoods in the coun­try­side.

International Financial Center Moscow
International Financial Center Moscow
International Financial Center Moscow