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The historic Moscow Metallurgical Plant is to be redeveloped by Rotterdam-based architectural firm MVDRV (Image: MVDRV)
The historic Moscow Metallurgical Plant is to be redeveloped by Rotterdam-based architectural firm MVDRV (Image: MVDRV)
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In an effort to preserve an echo of the site's roots, large chimneys and pipes will be retained and used for the new buildings, while new blocks follow the basic footprint of the old large factory halls (Image: MVDRV)
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In an effort to preserve an echo of the site's roots, large chimneys and pipes will be retained and used for the new buildings, while new blocks follow the basic footprint of the old large factory halls (Image: MVDRV)
Originally known as the Guzhon Plant (Metallic Plant), the factory dates back to 1884 and produced a variety of steel goods during Czarist Russia's move toward industrialization and modernization (Image: MVDRV)
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Originally known as the Guzhon Plant (Metallic Plant), the factory dates back to 1884 and produced a variety of steel goods during Czarist Russia's move toward industrialization and modernization (Image: MVDRV)
The historic Moscow Metallurgical Plant is to be redeveloped by Rotterdam-based architectural firm MVDRV (Image: MVDRV)
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The historic Moscow Metallurgical Plant is to be redeveloped by Rotterdam-based architectural firm MVDRV (Image: MVDRV)
MVRDV's redevelopment calls for a complete redesign of the former factory complex – a large area that covers 58 hectares (143 acres) – into an upmarket and affluent mixed-use area (Image: MVDRV)
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MVRDV's redevelopment calls for a complete redesign of the former factory complex – a large area that covers 58 hectares (143 acres) – into an upmarket and affluent mixed-use area (Image: MVDRV)
An elevated pathway (or "sky walk") that recalls New York's High Line will also be made from an existing factory transportation system (Image: MVDRV)
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An elevated pathway (or "sky walk") that recalls New York's High Line will also be made from an existing factory transportation system (Image: MVDRV)
The project is due for completion in 2021, and is set to cost an estimated 180 billion Ruble (around US$5 billion) (Image: MVDRV)
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The project is due for completion in 2021, and is set to cost an estimated 180 billion Ruble (around US$5 billion) (Image: MVDRV)
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The historic Moscow Metallurgical Plant played a part in the birth of the Soviet Union, but fell into neglect and disrepair in recent years. Following an architectural competition, Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV has been given the nod to transform the site into a large and upmarket mixed-use development.

Originally known as the Guzhon Plant (Metallic Plant), the factory dates back to 1884 and produced a variety of steel goods during Czarist Russia's strive toward industrialization and modernization. Its workers took an active role in both the Revolution of 1905 and the later, more successful, October Revolution of 1917. It was later renamed to the Serp and Molot (or Hammer and Sickle) factory in honor of the Communist symbol.

In an effort to preserve an echo of the site's roots, large chimneys and pipes will be retained and used for the new buildings, while new blocks follow the basic footprint of the old large factory halls (Image: MVDRV)
In an effort to preserve an echo of the site's roots, large chimneys and pipes will be retained and used for the new buildings, while new blocks follow the basic footprint of the old large factory halls (Image: MVDRV)

MVRDV's redevelopment will involve a complete redesign of the former factory complex – a large area that covers 58 hectares (143 acres) – into an upmarket area that includes homes, offices, schools, a hospital, and parks.

In an effort to preserve some echo of the site's roots, MVRDV also reports that large chimneys and pipes will be retained and used for new buildings, while new blocks shall follow the basic footprint of the old large factory halls. In addition, an elevated pathway that recalls New York's High Line will also be made from an existing factory transportation system.

The project is due for completion in 2021, and is set to cost an estimated 180 billion Ruble (around US$5 billion).

Source: MVRDV via ArchDaily

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