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Trends in modern urban planning from the Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies

5 November 2020

Around the world, 8 November marks a day that architects, engineers and builders consider their professional holiday. World Urbanism Day, or World Town Planning Day, appeared in the mid-20th century thanks to Argentine architect Carlos Maria della Paolera, who defined the image of modern Buenos Aires.

Moscow is one of the most dynamically developing cities in the world. A significant contribution to the creation of its modern appearance has been made by the Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies, which since 2015 has been in the top half of the top 200 largest Russian companies according to Forbes.

In the 2020 study, which is published annually by Resonance Consultancy, the Russian capital climbed to fourth place behind London, New York and Paris in the ranking of the best cities to live in, ‘The World's 100 Best Cities’. Experts also recognised it as the best in terms of infrastructure, cultural sites and attractions.

 

“City for Life”: a comprehensive approach

Kievskaya Ploshchad's approach to building and designing buildings has emerged as a response to the needs of the developing metropolis. The creation of multifunctional spaces reflects the concept of a "city for life" that’s convenient and suitable for work, recreation, entertainment, travel and sports.

At the end of October, the Group of Companies presented the city with the new Schelkovskiy transit passenger hub with its Central Bus Station and shopping centre, which opened up new opportunities for residents of the Eastern District for shopping, recreation and entertainment.  The symbol of this new point of attraction on the map of Moscow is the nine-metre clock on the facade, which has already become the hallmark of the complex and the entire district.

Kievskaya Ploshchad began to embody the principle of multifunctionality in the construction of the Nagatinskaya transport interchange hub with its business and shopping and entertainment centre, restaurants on the roof, eight-room cinema, fitness centre, swimming pool and banqueting hall.

In the legendary Olimpiyskiy, after reconstruction there will be even more opportunities for professional and amateur sports, the largest aquatic leisure centre in Europe, a  cinema cluster with 16 halls, a modern urban culture centre with streetball areas, panna football, street-lifting, street dance and  freestyle, VR centre, electronic library and a unique walking area with 38 panoramic moving restaurants on the roof.

 

New design technologies

Since urban planning ceased to be "typical", new urban trends have been identified that have changed society's attitude to architecture. The level of expectation has grown not only towards the functionality of buildings, but also towards their appearance. Designers have begun to use innovative materials and digital design technologies that make it possible to implement original solutions that were previously not available.

In the capital’s new Schelkovskiy multifunctional complex, bus platforms were placed on the roof, which meant traffic and passenger flows could be kept separate within the transit complex. Buses drive up a 200-metre ramp with integrated smart system, and the building itself looks like a "house-boat" on account of its translucent façade with wave-like geometry. In the evening, the complex changes its appearance thanks to a unique system of architectural/artistic lighting using the latest LED technologies and control systems.

Kievskaya Ploshchad not only has its own design bureau, but also actively invites world-renowned experts to contribute. The Nagatinskaya transport interchange hub project is now being developed by leaders in the field of digital design technology.

 

Reconception and new life

One of the main trends in the development of the world’s megacities today is the rethinking of industrial urban spaces. Kievskaya Ploshchad has succeeded in striking a balance between authenticity and the new context of buildings, including architectural monuments.

For preserving the urban environment during the restoration of the Miusskoye Depot ensemble, built in 1874, the Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies was awarded the diploma of winner of the Moscow Government's "Moscow Restoration 2019" competition. Adapting it to modern use proved so successful that this example of Russian industrial architecture from the turn of the 19th/20th centuries and the new-style gastronomic cluster immediately became a new attraction for the capital.

Kievskaya Ploshchad returned the facade of the hotel complex with apartments under construction on 14 Varvarka, buildings 1 and 2 to its original pre-revolutionary appearance. The new Kievskaya Ploshchad project provides for the reconstruction of a fragment of the former apartment buildings of the Yakor insurance company and merchant of the first guild Zelik Persits. The exhibition of numerous artefacts found during reconstruction of the site, the main exhibit of which will be a preserved fragment of the Kitaygorodskaya Wall, will forever link the new hotel with the history of old Zaryadye.

 

"Creating not space, but atmosphere"

Today, in creating and developing a comfortable urban environment, Moscow residents are playing an increasingly important role - on the city platforms for voting, exhibitions and forums, they evaluate the best projects and have their say on what kind of modern capital they would like to see. For most Muscovites, the most relevant concept today is the principle reflected in the idea of "experience", where visitors are increasingly attracted to places where they can enjoy new experiences.

The DEPO gastronomic quarter has become one of the most successful examples of creating both a functional and an atmospheric space. It has transformed the gastronomy industry, becoming the largest cluster in Europe, with over 8 million visitors in its first year alone.

God Nisanov and Zarakh Iliev’s holding has turned the city loft on Lesnaya Ulitsa into one of the most modern and dynamically developing lifestyle spaces with restaurants reflecting the gastronomic market, the DEPO.Moscow food mall that combines brand chef outlets and start-ups from different parts of the country, a food market, platform for holding events and leisure centres.

The Group of Companies has also transformed the Central Market building, which has been operating since the middle of the last century, into a modern food mall with outlets, a food shopping gallery and restaurants. The inner space contains a food court with seating in the middle of the hall and on the mezzanine. The old Moscow market has become an ideal place for family leisure and meeting friends - parties are held on the summer terrace, celebrations, concerts, competitions and children's master classes.

 

As time has shown, from the many new architectural projects, only a few become new points of attraction and symbols of their cities. The Kievskaya Ploshchad Group of Companies has managed to complete unique and exclusive projects that reflect modern design trends, often even before their use becomes widespread. The holding managed to ensure high quality standards for the urban environment and life of its citizens, using the most promising and technologically complex formats in modern urban planning.

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