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Construction Begins on Moscow’s Green-Roofed, Geometric Kuntsevo Plaza
Taking over an entire city block, the Kuntsevo Plaza will provide 250,000 sq m of retail space, entertainment, residences, class-A office space, rooftop decks and public plazas. The contemporary design is a collage of the different buildings intersecting one another for an eclectic and energetic feel. The project is made up of a few office buildings and two residential towers connected together with retail spaces below. A central atrium or canyon meanders through the project connecting everything together.
David Rogers FAIA, Jerde Design Director, expounds, “We designed Kuntsevo Plaza with the intention of bringing a renewed energy to Moscow – a city already rich in culture and history – and a goal to breathe new life into it. There hasn’t been a development of this scale, program mix, or contemporary design style before in Russia.”
The project has high goals for environmental, social and economic sustainability. Among the strategies to be employed is a high use of natural daylighting through efficient glazing and skylights. The use of local materials is a high priority along with energy efficiency. Green rooftops will provide visitors and residents additional open space and will help to reduce the project’s cooling load. Construction just began and it is expected to be complete by 2014.
Images Courtesty of The Jerde Partnership, Model Image ©Erich Koyama
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