The individual architectural appearance of many metro stations of the Big Circle Line (BCL) is formed including due to the use of non-standard decorating materials, according to Mr. Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Planning and Construction.

The Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies is a general designer and general contractor for the construction of new lines and stations of the Moscow Metro.

“At the Terekhovo station we used glass fiber reinforced concrete, a material that is new for the metro construction, which increases the artistic expression of the object.
And at the Vorontsovskaya and the Novatorskaya stations we used artificial stone, namely engineered quartz, for the first time in the history of the Moscow metro. This material has good wear resistance and durability, and also allows for involving a wide range of colours when decorating”, said Mr. Andrey Bochkarev.

According to Deputy Mayor, about ten types of natural stone were also used in the decoration of the stations.

“Three types of Sayan marble and Polotsk marble, as well as dark brown Baltic granite were used in the wall cladding. Gabbro and labradorite were used to decorate both the walls and floors of the new stations. The floors were also paved with Sibirsky, Shimanovsky and Kambulatovsky granite”, informed Mr. Andrey Bochkarev.

Mr. Yuri Kravtsov, CEO, Mosinzhproekt JSC, added that aluminium, stainless steel and matte Terrazzo tiles had been used in the ceiling finishing.

“At the Novatorskaya station, for the first time in the Moscow metro, glass was used as a decorating material for the ceiling. The suspended ceiling consists of multi-format panels of triplex with coloured film in three orange shades, which allows for the full realisation of such optical properties as light reflection and refraction”, noted Mr. Yuri Kravtsov.

The head of the holding specified that in addition to the unique materials, the BCL metro stations were distinguished by the finishing technologies. When decorating the ticket hall of the Nagatinsky Zaton station, a rather rare stone intarsia technique was used: fish images were created by making hollows in the marble and filling them with paint. At the Terekhovo station, in addition to the unique material, digital printing on concrete was used for the first time in the metro. As a result, images of human silhouettes appeared on the station’s columns.

The creation of the Big Circle Line is the main project of the national metro construction. Its length is 70 km, and it includes 31 stations. The Big Circle Line connects the existing and future lines of the Moscow Metro, MCC and MCD platforms.