“Results of the open competition for development of the architectural appearance of the Ostrov Mechty and Zagorye stations of the prospective Biryulyovskaya Line of the Moscow Metro are summed up. The winners were projects by TOTEMENT/PAPER, LLC and UNK interiors, LLC”, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Planning and Construction.

Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies is a general designer and general contractor to construct new lines and stations of the Moscow Metro, was the competition organising authority.

“The Moscow Metro is certainly not only one of the most efficient types of transport, but also one of the world’s most beautiful transport facilities. Many of the Moscow Metro stations are monuments of architecture and outstanding engineering structures. Despite the fact that today the pace of the metro construction has increased significantly, much attention is paid to the design and decoration of the stations: they must meet the high level set by the predecessors”, said Andrey Bochkarev.

According to the head of the Moscow Complex of Urban Planning Policy and Construction, open architectural competitions contribute to the solution of this problem.
“In future, we will organise more competitions for individual station designs”, added Andrey Bochkarev.

According to Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, all the finalists’ works were strong, and really worthy projects won.

“Two prospective stations have gained their appearance: it is an important step towards the creation of the Biryulyovskaya metro line. Residents of the Biryulyovo Vostochnoye District are waiting for the Zagorye station. In particular, the Ostrov Mechty station will be used by visitors to the same name entertainment park. The station is expected to have large passenger traffic, and there will be an interchange to the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. Now, once the winners have been selected, the designers and builders of Mosinzhproekt will work together with the architects to embody original artistic designs”, said Yuri Kravtsov.

He specified that Mosinzhproekt has organised an open competition for development of architectural appearance of metro stations for the sixth time.

Mikhail Nadot, Acting Deputy General Director for Engineering of Mosinzhproekt JSC and member of the jury of the International Competition, stressed that the concepts of the contestants were carefully selected.

“Stations should be highly eye-catching and differ significantly from one another, both in terms of their colour scheme and the architectural appearance, in general. In addition, there are metro requirements in terms of vandal-proof and wear-resistant finishing materials, and ease of navigation. All these points should be definitely reflected in the design project”, said Mikhail Nadot.

Metal cassettes, aluminium composite panels and polished granite will be used to decorate the Ostrov Mechty station. The black and white patterns covering the walls and ceiling of the platform hall, as conceived by TOTEMENT/PAPER, LLC experts, will symbolise the union of the two worlds, terrestrial and underground, connected to the images and myths of the ancient world.

As conceived by the architects of UNK interiors, LLC, the Zagorye station will be dedicated to the progress of Russian industry and raw material wealth of the country. Metal will be the main material used in finishing. The compositional centre of the hall is the perforated element associated with a sheet of rolled metal. It divides the station into two independent spaces by disguising column support that makes navigation noticeably easier.

Recall that the Biryulyovskaya Line will pass through seven districts in the Southern and South-Eastern Administrative Districts of Moscow.

The total length of tracks (two-way) is 21 kilometres. The section will accommodate 10 stations tentatively titled ZIL, Ostrov Mechty, Klenovy Bulvar, Batyunino, Moskvorechye, Kavkazsky Bulvar, Khlebnaya, Lipetskaya, Zagorye, and Biryulyovo. An electric depot of the same name will be built behind the Biryulyovo station.