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MVRDV to Transform Moscow's Hammer & Sickle Factory into a Modern Mixed-Use Urban Center

by , 04/28/14
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Design firm MVRDV recently won a competition to transform Moscow’s Serp & Molot (Hammer & Sickle) factory into a sprawling mixed use development. The former steel factory will be integrated into a modern campus with new buildings, urban blocks and green courtyards. Preserving elements of the historically important complex, the new project will create a modern green space for the Russian capital.

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Built in 1884, the original Serp & Molot factory was an integral part of Russian history, especially during the Russian revolution. Over the years it became overgrown and fell into disrepair, but with its East Moscow location and historical importance, the city decided to revamp it into a useful urban area.

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MVRDV’s winning plan pays tribute to the historical complex, while also updating the area into a usable and attractive campus for locals to enjoy. The large historical chimneys and pipes will be preserved and integrated into new buildings, while massive halls that made up the steel factory will be broken down into segments that surround green courtyards. These new segments will house public facilities, cafes and retail space.

The original factory transport ring will be converted into an encircling green space that will include playgrounds, sports facilities, and green markets and the train tracks that are elevated above the ring will be made into a skywalk park that will overlook the neighborhood. Adjacent to the ring park are schools and day care facilities. The mixed use facility is designed to respond to a growing population’s needs with housing for 19,000 inhabitants in addition to a hospital and schools. The project is slated for completion in 2021.

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  1. arquijuni April 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    It’s a pretty interesting conversion. I have an academic exercise similar to that one, mine, the strategic plan is to recover the old industry area, reorganizing the area, creating space for new industries, factories and big ware houses. Problem is, every industry and factory are moving out of those areas in real life, also some old factories are now just big ware houses and do just commercial activities. Plus the slums in the area keep growing around those old factories. so i ask myself wouldn’t it be a better plan to make that area a mixed used area instead of recovering the factory characteristic?

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