International Competition for the Development of the Architectural Appearance of Ostrov Mechty and Zagorye Metro Stations

17 March – 3 August 2022

The open international competition for the development of architectural design of two Moscow Metro stations — Ostrov Mechty and Zagorye — is being held with support from the Moscow government and Sergey Kuznetsov, the chief architect of Moscow. The competition is organized by the Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies, the main designer and general contractor of Moscow metro development programs. Agency for Strategic Development CENTER is the operator of the competition.

Objects of the competition. Ostrov Mechty, a transfer station with Technopark station of the Zamoskvoretskaya line, located near the theme park; Zagorye, a projected station of the Biryulyovskaya line with one lobby located near the Tsaritsyno natural-historical park.

Objective. Discovering the optimal architectural and artistic design for the passenger zones and entrance halls of the stations.

Format. International, two-stage, open.

Andrey BochkaryovDeputy Mayor of Moscow in Urban Planning and Construction

The new line will improve transport services in the south of the capital, including the rapidly developing areas of ZIL and Nagatinskiy Zaton, as well as the renovation neighborhoods under construction. The plan is to remove load from the central sections of the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya and Zamoskvoretskaya lines, reducing traffic intensity and improving the environmental situation in the areas

Participants. Russian and foreign (in consortium) architectural bureaus that are able to attract designers, engineers, planners, and specialists in economics and financial modeling to their team.

Jury. Leading professionals in architecture, design, and urban planning. The chairman of the jury is Andrey Bochkaryov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Moscow Government for Urban Policy and Construction. The jury also includes Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow and First Deputy Chairman of Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow, Yuri Kravtsov, CEO of Mosinzhproekt JSC, and Viktor Kozlovskiy, Head of the Moscow Metro.

Sergey KuznetsovChief Architect of Moscow

At all times and in all circumstances, our primary objective is to pursue architectural standards of the highest quality, and competitions are a versatile tool for this. The Moscow Metro directly reflects the modern era. Turning points in history create not just masterpieces, but new directions in art and culture

Finalists. The jury will select a winner for each metro station at its final meeting based on who submits the best concept. The winners will have the opportunity to accept a contract for the development of a booklet on the station’s architectural and urban planning solutions to obtain a “Certificate of approval for the architectural and urban solution for a capital construction project” and for the supervision of design and construction work on their proposal.

Prize fund. Each finalist will receive an award of 400,000 rubles, including all taxes and fees.

Yuri KravtsovCEO of Mosinzhproekt JSC

We will be using modern construction materials and powerful equipment in the construction, in particular, tunnel boring machines with a diameter of 10 meters. Our purpose is to link this project with the current urban environment using digital technology

On August 3, the final meeting of the Jury of the International Competition for the Development of the Architectural Appearance of Ostrov Mechty and Zagorye Metro Stations was held.

The final Jury meeting was held at the Reserve Embassy of the Zaryadye Park. The Finalists of the competition presented their concepts and answered questions of the Jury. According to the results of the experts' voting, the Winners were chosen.

The Winners are:

  • the design project by TOTEMENT / PAPER (Moscow, Russia) for the Ostrov Mechty station;
  • the design project by UNK INTERIOR (Moscow, Russia) for the Zagorye station.

For the Dream Island station, it is planned to use metal cassettes, aluminum composite panels and polished Sanarsky and Tsvetok Urala granite. According to the plan of the specialists of TOTEMENT/PETSPER LLC, the black and white patterns on the walls and ceiling of the platform hall will symbolize the connection of two worlds - earthly and underground, associated with images and myths of the ancient world.

The Zagorye station, as conceived by the architects of YNK Interior LLC, will be dedicated to the progress of Russian industry and the raw material wealth of the country. The main material that will be used in the decoration will be metal. The compositional center of the hall will be the element of the hole, associated with a sheet of rolled metal. By masking the support columns, it divides the station into two dependent spaces, which makes navigation much easier.

The best design projects were singled out using the following criteria: integration in the district heritage and location of the stations, compliance with the requirements for comfortable and safe movement for all passenger categories; economic feasibility and, of course, the possibility of their practical implementation considering the technical requirements of the Moscow Metro.

When considering the concepts, the Jury members also noted in the nomination Dream Island the project of the Architectural Studio of Alexei Ilyin, presented by its founder. Also in the nomination Zagorie –project by DDD Architects, which was presented by the chief architects of the projects, partners of the bureau Daria Semyonova, Danila Tsarkov and Daniil Gaidukevich.

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