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.
JSC Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye, Moscow
WAN Future Projects Urban Design Award 2016
HPP Architekten, Düsseldorf
Kipar Landschaftsarchitekten, Duisburg
Drees & Sommer, Moscow / Stuttgart / Cologne
ASTOC / PLAY-TIME, Barcelona
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.