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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Design Is Unveiled for New City Hall

For MTKhazanov's winning building will be 52 stories high.
A local architect has won an international competition to design a building that will house Moscow's city government and Duma at the Moskva-City site, Russian media reported Friday.

Mikhail Khazanov led the design team, which included fellow Muscovites Anton Nagovitsyn and Nodar Kancheli, who together came up with a design that features four cylindrical towers linked by squares and passages. At the heart of the complex is a 220,000- to 240,000-square meter, 52-story building less than 200 meters in height.

The design is to be revised and lowered so that it will not be higher than the Reforma tower on the opposite bank of the Moscow River, Interfax reported.

The competition attracted 147 designs from throughout the world. The choices were narrowed to five in early November and the winner was selected Thursday by City Hall's top planners at a meeting of its public council.

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov earlier this year signed off on a plan that will see thousands of city bureaucrats move out of their current offices in several Soviet-era buildings downtown and into a modern, high-tech complex by the end of 2004.

Deputy Mayor Iosif Ordzhonikidze has said that the shift to Moskva-City, which straddles the Moscow River behind the Hotel Ukraina, will attract investment from all over the world to develop a financial center similar to London's City district. The Moskva-City development, which has been on the drawing board for years, requires billions in investment, but so far investors have stayed away.

Izvestia quoted Ordzhonikidze as saying last month that the government quarter of the project would cost about $260 million.

Khazanov has also worked on Sberbank's headquarters on Volgogradsky Prospekt, the Bolshoi Theater affiliate and a memorial at Katyn, where the NKVD secret police shot Polish officers in 1941. He has also been involved in a series of administrative buildings in Moscow, Interfax reported.

Second in the competition was an M-shaped building designed by Israeli architects that incorporated elements of the outer wall of the Kremlin.

Ordzhonikidze suggested that the Israeli design could be used elsewhere on the Moskva-City site, Interfax reported.