With the Kremlin and Red Square as its neighbours, Foster + Partners extensive mixed-use urban development in Moscow occupies a pivotal position in relation to Russias historical and political past. Replacing the Hotel Rossia, the new development will recast this significant site as a vibrant new quarter, with hotels, shops, offices and apartments, and create a backdrop for significant cultural events.
The masterplan respects the historical street grid and integrates views across the site to notable buildings, including St Basils Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Red Square and ten significant historic Zaryadye buildings. Colonnades mark these principal routes, which converge at a central public square that faces key cultural venues a multi-purpose concert hall, philharmonic concert hall, museum, variety theatre and banqueting hall. Generous spaces for retail, commercial and hotel accommodation adjacent to the plaza will further support its renewed character, creating a scheme that repairs the scars of Hotel Rossia and, like the capital itself, has ambitious prospects.
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