In June 2017, the Moscow Duma unanimously approved the demolition of more than 4,000 apartment blocks in various sites across Moscow city, home to nearly 2 million people. Most of this housing is privately owned, the consequence of the privatisation of state housing after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It has been a highly controversial decision, bringing thousands of Muscovites into the streets in protest.
In order to find valuable solutions to meet the concerns of the inhabitants of the typical Khrushchevka buildings and the ambition of the City to enhance the quality of the buildings and their surroundings, the ArchCouncil of Moscow launched an international competition for the restructuring, renewal and renovation of allocated districts in Moscow City. For each of five study areas, four teams of architects were selected to enter a proposal for the second round of the competition. A-Project, our design partner in our projects in Moscow, was selected and asked us to participate as public space adviser. We formed the team: A-Project with Carlo Ratti & Associati and Team Paul de Vroom + Sputnik.
The project area includes the districts 74, 77, 80 and 81 of Khoroshevo-Mnevniki with a total area of 125 ha in which 78 buildings are to be renovated. The project area is located next to district 75, also known as Wellton Park, the location of our projects Dutch House, Bon Block and the high rise Wellton Towers.
The Moscow Renovation Project program seeks ways to deal with a growing demand for housing, hence a densification of the built areas, the pressure on the quality of the public space and the relocation of current inhabitants of the Khrushchevka buildings. The focus of our contribution to the project was to minimize the amount of cars in the neighborhoods and connect the neighborhoods and districts through a high quality slow-traffic network. The network connects existing public parks, new neighborhood parks and a new river front park with each other and with the major public transport hubs, like the subway stations and the bus station.
The result of the competition is expected early 2018
A-Project – Carlo Ratti – Team Paul de Vroom + Sputnik