International Financial Centre in Roublevo-Arkhangelskoe

Project number: 949

Status: International closed competition, Finalist project

Client: ZAO "Roublevo-Arkhangelskoe"

Address: Roublevskoe highway, Moscow, Russia

Indicators: Site area - 460 hа

Appointment: 2014

Completion: 2014

Architects: V.Plotkin, A.Egerev, A.Borodushkin, A.Ivanova, E.Chebyshev, M.Kazanov, A.Chalov, N.Kusileva, K.Petrova, A.Piven, R.Terziyan, O.Slichenko, O.Kolbas

Engineers: collaboration - engineering, transport: ARUP, Amsterdam/ J.Izquierdo, P.Mensinga, L.Tait, M.Petrova, H.Gavilan

Collaboration: Urban planning: MAXWAN A+U, Rotterdam / Hiroki Matsuura, R.Dijkstra, K.Schaasberg, A.Borejszo, H. te Velde, I.Sladoljev, N.Baljet, N.Ogasahara, R.Sangers, V.Chiappa Nunez, V.Kommova_ Landscape: JUURLIINK+GELUK, Rotterdam / Cornelis Geluk, A.Cerezo, B.Pialoux_Economics: PEGASUS, Delft / Lars Hijlkema; economics (consulting): GVA SAWYER, Moscow / М.Romanovskaya

1. Optimizing the "Gifts":Use the great qualities existing in the project area as much as possible: The prominent location at the end of Rublyoskoye shosse. The great visibility from the M9 highway. The beautiful nature that will make this IFC the first true ‘Green IFC’. The strong heritage of the Arkhangelskoye Estate which is revived in the Estates of the masterplan. The big recreation potential of the lake and river. The excellent accessibility and the spending power of surrounding communities.

2. Variety Of Lifestyles: Besides the core of the Moscow IFC, which is situated in the Central Quarter, this masterplan contains a variety of residential neighbourhoods. The diversity of living atmospheres will appeal to the many different users that will live work and visit in this city. Russian or international. True variation is a rare quality in Moscow. It makes this city more lively and socially durable; a real community. Every neighborhood in itself is complete with daily shops and services, schools, daycare and recreation.

3. Top Public Spaces:Successful IFC’s have one thing in common: they have compact public space, consisting of streets and squares, and a strong relation between inside and outside. This makes streets more attractive and human-scaled, livelier and socially safer. The masterplan takes the grid as a base. The special public spaces form the exception. This makes orientation easy. Urban green like trees, parks and roof-scapes add attractiveness to public space. 

4. Great Architecture: The buildings of the IFC are tailored to the business culture of the future: flexible, people-friendly, environmentally-conscious, open and transparent. In the Central Quarter the principle of the ‘setback’ is applied. This principle allows building in a high building density in the Central Quarter while keeping light and human scaled streets. The visual character of buildings is timeless, high quality, with strong appearance. The building-shape defines public space, facades relate to the street, adding to the feeling of openness. The masterplan help developers to easily achieve excellent BREEAM/LEED scores.

5. Smooth Network: The masterplan offers a sustainable mix between modes of transport. This helps to reduce congestion, reduces domination of the car in the streetscape, and lowers environmental impact. Within the IFC, walking and cycling will be a natural thing to do. Distances are short, logical comfortable and attractive, also during winter. For longer distances, public transport will be the more logical choice (over car use). The periphery location of the IFC also requires a relatively high car component, to compensate for the axial public transport system that is mainly focussed at Moscow Centre. 

6. IFC In The Nature: The complete masterplan for the IFC is based on an optimal relation with the surrounding landscape. It maximizes green surface and minimizes hard surface, it finds many different ways of enjoying the water. This is the first nature oriented IFC in the world: ‘Banking in the green’.

7. Be Feasible: simple street grid, in combination with a strong structure of key public spaces, forms a clear backbone for this masterplan. It is the most flexible recipe for a long and unknown future. It allows easy phasing, natural growth and quality from the beginning. This plan is made by smart integration of design and financial feasibility. A method that increases profits lowers financial risk and lowers risk of plan failure.