UK architect part of three consortia working on 460ha scheme

Zaha Hadid Architects has been chosen to help design a new neighbourhood near Moscow.

The firm will be working with consortium partners and Russian design firm TPO Pride Architects on the 460ha Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye scheme.

Two further consortia were selected to develop the project: Japan’s Nikken Sekkei and Russia’s UNK Project, plus Italy’s Archea Associati and another Russian firm, ABD Architects.

Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye will be built on a site to the west of the Russian capital, with a third of the scheme comprising parklands and forest bordering the Moscow River, with a 30ha lake at its centre.

The project will feature 4m sq m of new buildings, including new homes for 66,500 people, new schools, shopping districts and medical clinics, plus transport infrastructure as well as new civic and cultural space and 800,000sq m of offices.

A new 19km metro line is scheduled to begin construction in 2020 to connect Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye with the Shelepikha interchange station of Moscow’s metro system.

Christos Passas, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said: “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 organising 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.”