WHAT’S NEW #15

Museum town at Volokhonka

In a few years, the area from Borovitskaya Square to Ostozhenka will be transformed. Volokhonka will be turned into a four-lane boulevard with a green zone and a park will open next to the Vyazemskiy-Dolgorukiy estate. A new museum complex will be erected behind the private collections building and some exhibits from the Pushkin Museum will be on display at the open spaces.

The new cultural cluster project in the center of the city is titled “Rhizosphere: a new foundation.” When people enter the area, they are immediately in a museum where everything adheres to a single style: paved paths (granite with iron and bronze details), benches for art fans, monuments, information centers and shops.

One of the key architectural tasks was the preservation of Volokhonka buildings, including both historical buildings and the fairly new Soviet-style gas station. A glass paviliob that mimics the style of Boyar Yushkov’s estate that stood in its place in the 18th century will be built around the gas station. Not a single building in the area will be torn down. Even the trees will be integrated into the design. Each tree will receive a name and a protection number.

Volokhonka will be the heart of the museum town, housing a new boulevard from Kropotkinskaya to Borovitskaya. The boulevard will be part of the pedestrian route that starts at the Pushkin Museum and runs past the Church of Christ the Savior and Red October. Walks from the Pushkin Museum to Alexander Gardens or the Boulevard Ring will become more pleasant.

After the project is implemented, the total area of the Pushkin Museum will more than double. There will be a total of nine museums operating on the territory of the museum town, including in the new exhibition complex. Older buildings will also be adapted to serve as architectural monuments and each museum’s exhibition will have a more narrow focus.

The main building of the Pushkin Museum will continue to be the dominant feature of the museum town. After the upgrade, the permanent exhibition of the main building will be dedicated to monuments of antiquity. Visitors will be able to see monuments from Ancient Greece and Rome, Byzantium and Medieval Europe. The exposition will include numismatic monuments. Additionally, there will be sections dedicated to the Far East, Latin America and Asia.

Reconstruction here will take place in 2019-2022.

Construction of another terminal at Sheremetyevo

The construction of a new terminal and a third runway at Sheremetyevo airport will be completed in 2018. The deadline was announced by SIA’s General Director Mikhail Vasilenko. He also noted that passenger traffic at Sheremetyevo will amount to about 31.6 million people per year. Airport revenue will increase by about 12 percent and will amount to $156 million without interest and taxes. “For us, it is important that that we have an investment project that is working and will continue to work. We have already attracted over $700 million for the development of the airport. This is the most important result for this year and the year before,” Mr. Vasilenko said.

The capacity of the new building, which will be erected in place of the former Terminal B, will amount to 15 million passengers per year. The area will amount to 100,000 square meters. The new terminal will have a large terminal finger and 19 boarding bridges.

A new cargo terminal and parking lot will be built next to the third runway. North and south terminals of the airport will be connected by an underground system for passengers and baggage. Two tunnels will be constructed for this purpose.

It will take no longer than 50 minutes to transport passengers between terminals. Baggage will be transported in under 30 minutes. The construction budget amounts to about $330 million. After reconstruction is complete, Sheremetyevo’s capacity will increase to 48.5 million passengers per year.

The legendary and bizarre round-shaped building will no longer exist.

Hotel Belgrade to be reconstructed

Hotel Belgrade will become a modern hotel that meets the requirements of international chains. A permit for the reconstruction of the building has already been obtained. After the project is complete, the total area of the hotel will increase by 3,000 square meters.

The hotel on Smolenskaya will have 439 rooms of different categories, conference halls with areas for coffee breaks, a restaurant, a fitness center with a pool and an administrative section. A two-story restaurant will be placed on the roof of the building, while the basement will house a parking lot for 25 cars.

The 21-story hotel was erected in 1975. Zolotoy Kolos Hotel is located across the street. These two buildings are located on opposite sides of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2003, two stories were added to Zolotoy Kolos. Hotel Belgrade is next in line for an upgrade.

New Moscow Art Theatre building by Kolomenskaya metro

In a few years, Kolomenskoye will start to attract theatre fans. The intersection of Nagatinskaya Street and Prospekt Andropova will house a new Moscow Art Theatre building. The modern building and pedestrian square will be erected in place of a former parking lot. The building will have nine floors, including two underground floors. The above-ground part will be split in two. Four bottom floors will have a brick finish, and the top three will be decorated with aluminum panels and stained glass.

In addition to the auditorium, the building will have two rehearsal halls, dressing rooms, cabins, a restaurant and a snack bar for the audience. Decorations will be stored underground. The underground section will also hold a trap room, personnel facilities and a parking lot. Entrance to the theatre will be located at Prospekt Andropova, near the metro exit.

As the chief architect of the project Svyatoslav Hegai pointed out, the design was discussed with the head of the Moscow Art Theatre Oleg Tabakov. “At the insistence of Oleg Tabakov, the new building is based on the design of the MAT’s current building at Kamergersky Pereulok,” Hegai said.

A highlight of the project is the ultra-modern auditorium with 647 seats and VIP lodges. Depending on what the director wants, the seats can be positioned at the same level as the stage, or the auditorium can be arranged into an amphitheater. The size of the stage itself will also be adapted to the needs of specific performances. As the artistic director of MAT Oleg Tabakov pointed out, the stage will allow the director to “convey an artistic idea to the fullest extent.” Another important feature of the theatre is how quickly the decorations can be changed. Special platforms will make it possible to change the decorations in just a few minutes.

Another important part of the project is the pedestrian area at the entrance to the building. This is another recreational area that can be adapted to serve as an additional stage. Terraces of different heights with lawns and flower beds will be placed in front of the theatre.

The construction of the new MAT building started in the Spring of last year. It will be completed in 2018.

Before the start of construction works, a capsule with a message to future generations was buried at the intersection of Nagatinskaya Street and Prospect Andropova. The theatre’s artistic director Oleg Tabakov noted that the idea to erect a new MAT building has been brewing for a long time.

Moskvoretskaya embankment reconstruction

Construction work on Moskvoretskaya Embankment, which will house Zaryadye Park, will be completed by September 30, 2017.

The land plot that totals over 2 hectares in area will house a functional zone with a cafe and pier. The embankment will be landscaped, the pavement repaired and a bicycle path will be paved. An underground passage will be built under the roadway and there will be a staircase and elevator for people with disabilities from the museum in the Kitai-Gorod wall to Zaryadye Park.

Zaryadye Park is also scheduled to open before the end of 2017. The park will have a concert hall, an “Ice Cave” center, a park complex featuring different types of Russian landscapes (tundra, steppe, forest and meadows) and an educational center.

Moreover, there will be an ethnographic museum at Zaryadye. It will be located inside the Kitai-Gorod wall, a part of which is located inside the future recreational area. The exhibition will be dedicated to the everyday lives of different peoples.

New Restaurants in Moscow

The new restaurant Ottepel in the restored silk industry pavilion next to the Green Theatre at VDNKh is dedicated to parents and memories from their teens and twenties. The interior of the restaurant with exposed brick and elements of Soviet decor brings visitors back to an era full of optimism and hope. The rise of the cinema, fashionable cocktails, the first western breakthroughs in music, jazz and mods. The restaurant has two pavilion-type halls (that seat 45 and 39 people) with panoramic windows and 6-meter-high ceilings.

A second Voronezh Cafe has opened its doors on Bolshaya Dmitrovka. Now, you can get delicious steaks and pastrami sandwiches at another place in Moscow. There are two halls and a separate private room, and the cafe can accommodate a total of 130 people. There is a chamber for aging meat and the menu selection has doubled.

Groot is a project that has opened in the courtyard of Zvenigorodskaya Street 12, where the restaurant Argo has been located since 2015. The new establishment is a cafe-lab, which means that there is a conscious approach to nutrition and a functional kitchen. Basically, this means that there is plenty of food for vegans, vegetarians and raw foodists, along with products like organic cocoa, and cashew cheese. The menu gives a thorough description and a complete list of ingredients for each item, along with benefits - extra muscle, clear lungs or a sharp mind. Breakfast is served all day.

A joint project by Arkadiy Novikov and Moscow street food pioneers Fyodor Tardatyan and Maksim Livsi, Brisket BBQ, has opened on Smolensky Boulevard. A smokehouse for cooking brisket, ribs and sausage was created and tested in Moscow. The smokehouse operates at low temperatures, with no preservatives or marinades. It operates like a slowcooker (up to 18 hours). The end result tastes just like Texas BBQ. The smoker is located in Brisket BBQ’s open kitchen, which means visitors can watch how the meat is cooked. The smokehouse works around the clock.

A restaurant called Meatless, the central piece of which is a giant super-grill, has opened on Pyatnitskaya Street. The grill is used to cook marinated pork ribs and khachapuri, rack of lamb and octopus with ginger sauce, flounder and chicken Tabaka. Even cheesecakes, salads and tortilla for chili con carne are sent to the grill. Meatless has everything: a specially designed cast iron maker grill is divided into three zones - a grill, chargrill and barbecue. The grill is in the middle of the restaurant so guests can watch the chef cook. The restaurant is located on the first floor of an 18th-century mansion. There are two halls. One houses the grill and a few tables, with one of the walls completely lined with old meat grinders. The other is a small, cozy room with vaulted ceilings and old brick walls.

There is a new restaurant called Moskovskaya Kukhmisterskaya has opened at Bolshaya Nikitskaya. The concept of the restaurant is dishes preferred by middle class Russians in the middle of the 19th century. The main goal of the project is to allow guests to explore Russian cuisine from that time period. Original cookbooks, essays and notes from archives were used in order to resurrect 19th century recipes.

 

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