Serp & Molot

Moscow, Russia

Client: Donstroy Invest
Building Type: Mixed-use Masterplan
Area: 58 Hectares / 1.8 million m² Buildable
Height: 35 - 100m
Project status: Under Construction.
Phase 1+2 Completion: early 2019


UHA London, in association with LDA Design, were appointed to masterplan one of central Moscow’s best-known former industrial sites, known as Serp and Molot (Hammer & Sickle), following a high profile international design competition jointly organised by the City of Moscow and Donstroy Invest, the developer and owner of the site. The 58 hectare site, due for completion by 2021, will create over 1.8 million square metres of prime mixed-use space with an estimated investment of over 3.0 billion US Dollars.

This complex site, which is roughly triangular in shape is part bisected by the third Moscow ringroad, which cuts into the site in a north south axis before dropping down below ground into a tunnel. Due to its proximity to the city centre and Kremlin, height and view corridor restrictions are tightly controlled and have a significant impact on building heights and massing.

The masterplan is centred around a new linear city park which crosses the site from east to west, connecting important development anchors including a retail centre to the west and media centre at the heart of the site. 1.8million m2 of phased residential development is planned across the site as a series of neighbourhoods, each with their own characteristics, public spaces and material palettes.

In general residential plots are formed as courtyard or semi-enclosed blocks which maximise views to the park, and vary from 3 to 24 storeys in height, with the taller blocks to the north where height restrictions are less stringent. Many of the residential blocks are punctuated by retail units at grade particularly along the primary vehicular and pedestrian routes both at the periphery of the site, on the edges of the park and along the new created on-site city boulevards.

The mixed-use retail hub to the western corner of the site, is directly connected to the railway station and metro via an overhead bridge link, and features three levels of retail around a central events plaza with winter garden, and serviced apartments above. Enveloped within an iconic organic form composed of curved bronzed aluminium panels, the centre has become an eye catching logo for the entire development.

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Architecture: UHA London
Masterplanning and Landscaping: LDA Design
Structure: Buro Happold
Cost: Turner & Townsend