Huge model of Moscow: It’s the biggest in the whole world!

July 19
Construction and renovation

A model of Moscow has been completed. It is a miniature creation of the city within the Third Ring Road.

“The total area of this model’s elements accounts for 927 sq m, which makes the model  the largest in the world. It’s of the entire city within the Third Ring Road: railway stations, Vorobyovy Gory, Pobedy (Victory) Park on Poklonnaya Gora, Moscow City and plenty of other iconic landmarks,” enthused Head of Moscow’s Department of Urban Development Policy Sergei Levkin.

The whole of process of putting it together was divided into 13 stages, during which between 4,000 and 6,000 pieces were created. If necessary, they can even be changed if some architectural image of Moscow alters.

Plants are made from wire and sawdust and colour-changing fountains from plexiglass. The surface of water has been created by hand from a special gel. Every lamppost is a tiny LED, and LED strips were used to illuminate the buildings. The curtains on the windows are printed on a special film.

Small ships on the Moskva River, people and cars on the streets with real signposts make the model a lot more livelier.

“The model is not only unique in its size. The work is so intricate that it is also amazing: all 3D parts such as domes, frescoes and sculptures are manufactured using 3D modelling technologies,” Sergei Levkin stressed.

The illumination system makes the model more spectacular. Using various scenarios, it is possible to illuminate separate buildings or groups of buildings (all buildings above 30 floors have additional lighting), streets or administrative divisions of the city.

According to the department head, the future location of the model will soon be decided upon, because its current location at VDNKh is too small. The pavilion must have enough room both for the model and for visitors to move around freely.

“The current display of the model of Moscow at VDNKh is 429 sq m. Since it was unveiled in October 2017, 720,000 visitors have been to see it,” Sergei Levkin added.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin decided that a model of the city should be built in the autumn of 2012 and the job of creating the miniature copy of the gigantic megalopolis took eight years. Visitors can see the model as well as watch hourly thematic lighting shows, every day from 10 am to 8 pm except Mondays and it doesn’t even cost one rouble!


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