The competition attracted widespread interest

“71 companies have applied to participate in the open architectural competition to design the appearance of the Ostrov Mechty and Zagorye stations of the prospective Biryulyovskaya Line of the Moscow Metro”, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Planning and Construction.

“Applications for the International competition to design the architectural appearance of the two new stations of the Moscow Metro, Ostrov Mechty and Zagorye on the Biryulyovskaya Line, now closed. A total of 63 applications from 71 companies were submitted”, informed Andrey Bochkarev.

The head of the Moscow Complex of Urban Planning Policy and Construction, who heads the competition jury, recalled that the competition is supported by the Moscow City Government and Sergey Kuznetsov, chief architect of Moscow. The competition is organised by Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies, which is the general designer and general contractor to construct new lines and stations of the Moscow Metro. The Strategic Development Agency CENTER acts as an operator of the competition. The jury panel also includes Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, Viktor Kozlovsky, Head of the Moscow Metro, and leading experts in architecture, design and urban planning.

Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, specified that 146 applicants from 36 cities had registered to take part in the competition.

“The competition attracted widespread interest in the architectural community. The number of applications received gives no doubt that the Ostrov Mechty and Zagorye stations will have a bright and distinctive look. Members of the jury will be able to select the really best from the many applications received. Muscovites and visitors to the city already have the chance to see the winning projects of previous competitions successfully implemented by engineers and builders. Now, the creators of the Biryulyovskaya Line will try to implement new artistic concepts and work with cutting-edge materials and technologies. The main thing is that a vast amount of citizens will enjoy the result of the work of architects, designers and builders every day”, emphasised Yuri Kravtsov.

He recalled that this is the sixth time the Group of companies is organising an open architectural competition to design new metro stations. To apply, participants had to submit a relevant portfolio of their projects and an essay describing the key ideas for the architectural and artistic design of the stations.

7 consortia and 56 individual participants will take part in the competition to design two new stations on the Biryulyovskaya Line. Most of the applicants are Russian participants from 11 regions. The leader in the number of companies is Moscow with 45, followed by St. Petersburg with 12, Nizhny Novgorod with two, and one each is from Vladivostok, Vladikavkaz, Volgograd, Domodedovo in the Moscow region, Yekaterinburg, Kaluga, Rostov-on-Don, Yakutsk and Yaroslavl. Companies from Tashkent, Sukhum and Riga will also take part in the competition.

Commissioning of the Biryulyovskaya Line will improve transport services in the south and south-east of Moscow. The radial line will go through seven districts: Danilovsky, Nagatinsky Zaton, Moskvorechye-Saburovo, Tsaritsyno, Biryulyovo Zapadnoye, Biryulyovo Vostochnoye, and Pechatniki.