The best in 2020. We tell you about the winners of the construction projects competition

August 12
Construction and renovation

The winners of the annual competition "Best Implemented Project in Construction Industry" have been announced in Moscow. New public centers, residential complexes, offices, schools, sports and other facilities were assessed by both professionals and citizens. The Muscovites could vote at three venues: the Active Citizen project, the competition website, and the exhibition of competition projects in the pavilion “Moscow Model” at VDNKh.


He acted as the deputy chairman of the city competition committee.

24 projects in 11 nominations became winners. The main prize — the project of the year — was expectedly received by the North River Station.

The project of the year — the North River Station

Today, the North River Station, as in the Soviet years, is very popular with Muscovites. The station building was built in the 1930s as per the project of the architect Alexei Rukhlyadev, and opened after restoration last year on the City Day.


The specialists restored decorative elements of the facades and interiors, artistic and architectural design of the historical lobby, waiting room and restaurant, and on the roof they made an observation deck with a panoramic view of the Khimki water reservoir. 17 berths and the historical operator station were also repaired.

The restoration of the North River Station has already received prestigious awards. The project was among the finalists of the international architectural award MIPIM Awards and took third place in the international design competition in Italy A’Design Awards.

Art Nouveau palace and the gem of constructivism

The North River Station competed with other restored objects of cultural heritage — the Narkomfin House (the best according to the city competition committee) and the “Khudozhestvenny” cinema hall (awarded with a special prize).

“For 10 years we can observe constant positive dynamics in the restoration industry in Moscow. The main goal is to preserve and give new life to all objects of the city that have historical and architectural value. Every year we restore more than 100 monuments, and in 10 years more than 1600 objects of cultural heritage have been restored. In the recent years half of the objects have been renovated at the cost of private funds. This is a great trend that we are trying to support. A recent vivid example of such a restoration is the legendary Narkomfin House, the gem of constructivism.” underlined Alexei Yemelyanov, Head of the Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage.

The Narkomfin House was built in the Novinskiy boulevard in 1928-1930. Architects Moisey Ginzburg and Ignatius Milinis were looking for new forms and materials, they designed and installed special furniture, thought out the colors and insolation, and also offered the residents a new way of life. It is interesting that the grandson of Moisei Ginzburg, architect Alexei Ginzburg, worked on the restoration project.

“During construction of the Narkomfin House experimental materials were used: the frame was made of monolithic reinforced concrete, the inner and outer walls were made of bentonite hollow stones, and the partitions were made of fiberboard. It had been destroyed for decades, and in 2020 the long-awaited restoration of the building was completed. The specialists have preserved the appearance, layout and historical function of the building. Moreover, the investor returned the original appearance to the first floor of the building by opening the concrete columns on which the building stands,” added Aleksey Yemelyanov.

The oldest cinema hall in the capital, “Khudozhestvenny”, was opened in the Arbat Square in 1909. At that time it used to be a one-story Art Nouveau palace with the proficient electrical equipment and high level of fire safety. The lobby was decorated with openwork chandeliers, a fountain and palm trees, and the guests were greeted by an orchestra. After restoration “Khudozhestvenny” admires its visitors again. The specialists managed to recreate the ideas of Fyodor Schechtel, who designed the building in 1912-1913. The main facade obtained its historical appearance, inscriptions and even cast-iron lanterns, the restorers also recovered the lost details. Moreover, the authors of the project managed to combine history with modernity: a cinema hall with advanced equipment for film exhibition was reopened in the building.

Studying and going in for sports in Severnyy

Experts and citizens unanimously named the center of modern pentathlon as the best sports facility built in 2020. It was included into the “Severnyy” Olympic Reserve school facilities.

For the first time in Russia there appeared a complex, where training and competitions in show jumping, swimming, fencing, shooting and triathlon can be held under one roof. The complex is equipped with an equestrian center and a stable, a professional 50-meter swimming pool with eight lanes, several shooting ranges and an athletics arena. Up to 280 people can train in the premises of the complex simultaneously. And everyone can visit the complex during free hours.

Another winner of the competition from the Severnyy district is a school for 900 students. The Muscovites recognized it as the best among the new educational facilities. The building of variable number of floors was built according to an individual project, and children from the first to the 11th grade will be able to study here. The school is provided for all the conditions for comfortable studying: two gyms, an assembly hall with a radio center, a choreography studio, a fitness hall, a music and singing classroom, a library and a media library. Classrooms for labor, modeling and technical toys, visual arts and nature, foreign languages are equipped for students. In the yard there are sports grounds and recreational spaces.

In-patient clinic in record time

Moscow Clinical Center for Infectious Diseases "Voronovskoye", built within a month, became the best among medical and recreational facilities, according to the city competition committee. The hospital was erected by over 11 thousand workers using 1500 pieces of equipment. This is a full-fledged infectious disease center with individual boxes, most modern equipment, a diagnostic center, an surgery block, its own laboratory and a helipad. The in-patient clinic is designed for 800 patients, and each bed can be transformed into an intensive care unit.

“In the view of architecture, it is a service facility created for one aim. But which? It is needed for saving people’s lives and health. It was built in the shortest possible time, it was very important. It was impossible not to recognize its importance for Moscow and its dwellers,” added Valery Telichenko.

After the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, all types of infections will be treated here. The buildings are designed to work for decades. It became a part of the Demikhov city clinical No.68.  In addition, the hospital project was appreciated at the international level, the hospital reached the final of the prestigious competition MIPIM Awards 2021.

A ship for passengers

The project of the Nizhegorodskaya transport hub was also nominated at MIPIM Awards 2021. It combines the Nekrasovskaya (and in the future – the Big Circle Line) Metro Line, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC), the Gorky direction of the Moscow Railway (future MCD-4), and land transport. In the competition "Best Implemented Project in Construction Industry" transport hub "Nizhegorodskaya" was awarded a special prize in the nomination of the best projects of multifunctional complexes and shopping centers.

The transport hub differs in scale: passenger flows are distributed and public spaces are created here. The building itself resembles a ship, which is surrounded by a huge glass stained-glass window, with a bridge in the form of a dome. A stainless steel stele in the shape of a sphere surrounded by a Moebius strip is installed in front of the transport hub. This unusual art object — "Moscow rings" — can be called the symbol of "Nizhegorodskaya" transport hub.

“Island of Dream” in Nagatinskaya floodplain (poyma)

In the nomination for the best projects of multifunctional complexes and shopping centers the Muscovites gave the victory to "Island of Dream". This is the first enclosed theme park in Russia and the largest in Europe with fairy-tales zones, shows and interactive entertainment. Cinemas, walking galleries and theme restaurants are equipped for children and adults, as well as 27 attractions, many of which have no analogues either in Russia or in Europe.

“Island of Dream” is built in the Nagatinskaya floodplain, here a landscape park was arranged and a covered zone was established. The latest took the area of 300 thousand square meters. This is comparable with the area for 42 football fields. The park's project had been approved by Muscovites before during the voting under the Active Citizen project, when the construction of the facility was only planned.

The best under ground

The section of the Big Circle Line (BСL) with Aviamotornaya, Lefortovo and Elektrozavodskaya stations became the best project of the year among the metro and railway transport facilities, according to experts. This is a section of the big ring, but so far the stations operate as part of the Nekrasovskaya branch. Thanks to their launch, Muscovites were able to reduce travel time around the city by an average of 15 minutes. The length of the section with these three stations located is 6.1 kilometers.

And according to the citizens, the best project of the year in this nomination was the section of the Nekrasovskaya line with Yugo-Vostochnaya, Okskaya, Stakhanovskaya and Nizhegorodskaya stations. They unloaded the existing Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya and Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya metro lines. The length of the section is 11.7 kilometers.

“As for me, I voted for the facilities of the Nekrasovskaya line, because it passes through the territory of Moscow, which needs to be intensively and integrally developed. This is necessary to make the living conditions of the Muscovites equal, so that there will be no remote, unsettled places in the city. And the Big Circle Line is what Moscow needs today. This will significantly improve the transport conditions and strengthen the transport links,” said Valeriy Telichenko.

The competition "Best Implemented Project in Construction Industry" has been held in Moscow since 2000. Applications for participation are accepted from customers, investors, designers and general contractors who participated in the implementation of projects. The finalists are selected by the city competition committee, which includes the heads of the executive authorities of Moscow, representatives of the construction, architecture and urban development industries. The winners are determined by the commission, as well as by Muscovites by voting under the Active Citizen project, at the competition website, and at the exhibition of competition projects in the pavilion “Moscow Model” at VDNKh.


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