The first Moscow Central Diameter (MCD) is now open
Vladimir Putin took part in the ceremony for the launch of the route from Belorusskaya metro station. He was accompanied by the Mayor of Moscow. Sergey Sobyanin noted that the MCD is “a revolutionary thing for Moscow, essentially a completely new type of transportation.” The MCDs will cut through the center of Moscow and will improve transportation accessibility for four million Muscovites and suburban residents. A total of five lines will be launched.
Moscow moves up on the Innovation Cities Global Index
Moscow placed 38th on the Innovation Cities Global Index (2thinknow). The index, which includes 500 cities, was published in 2019 for the 12th time. Moscow has made a big breakthrough in the past seven years, moving up over 150 positions from 192nd place in 2012.
Compared to the results from 2018, the Russian capital moved up another 10 spots. The top 5 cities were New York, Tokyo, Lonfon, Los Angeles, and Singapore. The cities were ranked according to 162 criteria, separated into three main categories: “Infrastructure for human capital,” “Market potential,” and “Cultural heritage.” The experts evaluated gross regional product indicators, the number of representative offices of international companies, the level of wealth and education, the presence of industrial clusters, and the city’s brand. Additionally, IT development, wireless networks and electronic payment systems policies were taken into account.
Moscow Festivals in 2020
In 2018, Moscow was the recipient of an international prestigious award in the sphere of festival organization. The International Festival and Event Association listed the Russian capital as one of the best cities in the world for holding festivals and events.
In 2020, 14 “Moscow Seasons” festivals, which have become Moscow’s calling card, will be held in the capital. “ Journey to Christmas,” “Circle of Light,” and “Moscow Maslenitsa” are favorites among the city’s residents and tourists.
“Moscow Maslenitsa: will kick off the festival season, with events running from the end of February until the beginning of March. The second March festival will be “Crimean Spring,” and “Easter Gift” will be held from April through May. In mid-May, “Moscow Spring A Cappella” will fill the city’s streets with music, and foodies will get a “Fish Week” festival in the beginning of summer.
The “Times and Epochs” festival in June will give guests the opportunity to watch battles between knights and other historical reenactments. Events held in celebration of Russia Day will take place around the same time. August will bring a colorful show in the sky – the Rostec fireworks festival will bring together the best pyrotechnicians from all over the world.
“Flower Jam” will kick off the city’s autumn festivals. Then, residents and tourists will be treated to events held in honor of city day, and the “Circle of Light” festival at the end of September.
In October, the best goods from all over the country will be brought to Mosocw for the “Golden Autumn” festival, and in November the capital will celebrate the Day of National Unity. “ Journey to Christmas” will be the final festival of 2020.
The first unique agricultural complex in the capital
One square meter of a vertical farm brings in ten times more harvest than a regular greenhouse.
In the summer of 2019, the first part of the RusEco city farm opened in a reconstructed factory shop with an area of 29,500 square meters. The total sown area is 6.8 hectares (68 thousand square meters), which is the equivalent of approximately 10 football fields and houses 280,000 trays. Over a year and a half, about 5 billion rubles were invested into research, construction and launch of the project.
The city’s first vertical farm RusEco is located on Kashirskoye Shosse in the building of a former tobacco factory. City farms are a modern trend in agricultural development. Moscow will also become an active participant in this movement, which is beneficial for the environment, the health of city residents, and food security.
A new terminal in Sheremetyevo
The opening of Terminal C (stage 1) at Sheremetyevo airport, which has a 5-star rating from Skytrax – is scheduled to take place in January 2020. The new terminal, which is part of the Northern Terminal Complex, will provide service for passengers of international airlines. It’s located on an area of 127,575 square meters and has an estimated capacity of 20 million passengers a year. The terminal is connected to a 5-level parking garage for 2,500 cars with an indoor pedestrian gallery.
The terminal’s design combines the best traditions of Russian art with modern technology. The interior is finished in the style of Russian constructivism. For efficient and high-quality passenger service, including transfer passengers and aircraft crews, the terminal provides 84 check-in desks and 160 passport control booths.
Skolkovo to open a sports complex with ice arenas
Chief Architect of Moscow Sergey Kuznetsov announced that a multipurpose sports complex “Sk Arena” will be built on the territory of Skolkovo Innovation Center at the 8th Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum. The major athletic complex with an area of 30,000 square meters will have two ice arenas (the main arena and a practice arena), a space for curling, several spaces for sports competitions in wrestling, rhythmic gymnastics, basketball, and more. The stands of the main arena will accommodate up to 4 thousand spectators. Construction will begin in February 2020, and will end in 2022. The complex will also house a hotel for athletes with 23 rooms, conference rooms, shops and cafes.
Skyscraper with 79 floors built in Moscow City
The construction of a skyscraper with 79 floors that is part of the multipurpose administrative and business complex Neva Towers has been completed in Moscow City. The building, which includes a parking garage with 1,701 parking spaces, was erected with investor funding. This is the first construction stage. Neva Towers will also include another two towers on a single four-story stylobate. The towers will house offices, apartments, and parking lots for 2,040 cars. A second tower with 68 floors will be constructed before the end of 2020.
Eco-friendly office park
The second phase of Comcity office park will be open in the second half of 2022. The total area amounts to 130,000 square meters, and will house two office buildings, the 4-star hotel Novotel with 150 rooms managed by the international operator AccorHotels, a shopping gallery, and underground and above-ground parking. Spaces starting at 1,200 square meters will be available for lease. Comcity’s residents include companies such as Rostelecom, Tele2, Oracle, and Coca-Cola HBC Russia. Investments into the new Comcity project total 10 billion rubles.
The new complex will extend the existing unified architectural ensemble created by Czech architects. Comcity is based on the principles of progressive architecture, embodied in an eco-friendly office park in harmony with man and nature. The office park is a “City within a city,” and has a developed infrastructure.
Comcity was the first project in New Moscow to implement such a concept. This format is in demand mainly by large companies, in particular those working in telecommunications and IT, since tenants of this profile are demanding with respect to the environment and infrastructure of the business complex, as well as the technological and engineering specifications. Comcity has the highest occupancy rate in New Moscow.
Metro to be designed with BIM technologies
Staring in 2021, Building Information Modeling (BIM) will be used to design the capital’s metro stations and lines. According to Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Government of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnullin, this is an innovative approach to construction, equipment, and maintenance.
“During a recent trip to China, we signed an agreement with the China Railway Construction Corporation to exchange best practices in the field of IT. During 2020, we plan to switch to BIM-technologies in metro construction,” Marat Khusnullin said. According to him, the Chinese company has gained extensive experience in working with information modeling technologies, developing high-quality and modern software.
The main feature of this approach is that facilities are designed as a single whole. Changing one parameter entails an automatic change in the parameters and objects associated with it – drawings, visualizations, specifications, and calendar schedule. In Moscow, all developers working on state projects will switch to BIM technologies in 2020.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE. Jaeger-LeCoultre is expanding its presence in Moscow Geneva, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beverly Hills… now another prestigious location in Moscow has been added to this list – Red Square 3, on the 1st floor of the 1st line of GUM. Continuing the brand’s traditions that date back to 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre collections are still at the forefront of fine watchmaking. The legendary watches Reverso, Master and Atmos have become part of the watchmaker’s rich heritage and for decades have inspired its craftsmen to push boundaries and create unique watches.
ESCADA. A new store from the famous German brand Escada has opened its doors inside GUM. It features all the latest collections and accessories from Escada and Escada Sport. Located on the 1st line of the 1st floor, the new modern space is filled with the atmosphere of luxury and ideally complements Escada’s brand. Founded in 1978 by Margarita and Wolfgang Lei, the brand continues to confidently enrich the world with elegance and femininity, highlighting them with brilliant workmanship and exquisite product quality. In 40 years, the brand’s love of bold colors, prints, and details has conquered the hearts of fans all over the world.
SENSAI CORNER. A corner from the Japanese brand Sensai has opened on the first floor of TsUM. The updated space is larger, which means it’s twice as pleasant to shop here now. And of course, guests can expect pleasant surprises – consultations from brand experts on skincare and hand-drawn cards from Japanese calligraphy artist Kaori Isidzima.
BURBERRY FLAGSHIP STORE. The new Burberry store in GUM replicates the building’s original architecture, including the cross vaults and wooden wall finishes. The two-story space features Burberry’s latest collections for men and women, including the “Tempest” 2019/2020 fall and winter collection, Monogram Thomas Burberry, Title, Lola, and TB bags, as well as legendary trench coats.