Xerjoff Magazine

Smart Moscow

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Located to the west of Russia's capital city, Moscow's new Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye district, a smart city designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which integrates technology and nature

To overcome the problems deriving from the substantial increase in the Muscovite population, Zaha Hadid Architects has developed a new futuristic project that envisages the construction of the new Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye district. Located in the west part of the Russian capital and located on the Moscow River, it is characterized by a sinuous group of towers that extend over an area of 461 hectares. It is a smart city that will be able to house 66,500 new residents when complete as well as schools, clinics, transportation infrastructure – (including a 19 km subway line), business districts and civic and cultural institutions. Large green spaces along the river will occupy one third of the total area of the project, while thirty hectares will become a lake.

The project – which in addition to Zaha Hadid Architects sees the participation of the Japanese studio Nikken Sekkei with the Russians of UNK Project, the Italian studio Archea Associati and the local firm ABD Architects – wants to be an example for smart and sustainable cities, which integrate electric mobility, services and technologies with nature, creating an urban environment made of ecological technology. “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,” says Christos Passas, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects.