Moscow Museum Bridge

Moscow Museum Bridge

This territory in the heart of Moscow is of such high cultural, social and economical importance but it is being unfriendly to pedestrians and is bulked with cars, it lacks humanity. The city network is of high intesity with extremely concentrated pedestrian and traffic flows. Together with the lack of public spaces and low quality of city environment it takes us to the point where we are absolutely unable to enjoy the open-air museum unfolding around us.

Special attention is to be payed to the Borovitskaya square, which is currently a node of traffic flows and breaks the pedestrian connections between the two parts of the Moscow Museum Cluster.

The project aim was to come up with a concept of development of this Moscow district, that will reveal the open-air museum, develop the cultural potential of the territory, reconnect existing anchor points of cultural structure and make an impulse to form a friendly open and attractive city space.
The program was about making a connection between cluster parts, to make the citizens interested in the history and culture of their city and country and let them interact with the surroundings.

Strategy of the design involves 3 layers of city space and is located above, on and under the ground level.

  • On the ground a friendly, clear and safe pedestrian structure was designated. It is complimented with a new recognisable navigation system, that is placed on the boardwalks. The spine of the structure is located between Kremlin and Alexandrovsky garden. New, traffic-free green routes are imposed.
  • In the air the chain of museums is reconnected with the Swan Bridge, that stitches the gap between the North-East and Sount-West parts of the Cluster above the Borovitskaya Square and brings the embankment and two streets back to life - the Manezhnaya street and the Lebyazhiy passage. 
  • The bridge appearance was inspired by elaborate whitestone carvings of the churches of Suzdal and traditional russian architectural deco elements.
  • In the underground passage info panels are placed with an interactive installation dedicated to existing and lost treasures of cultural and historical heritage.

The Cluster parts, that were cut with traffic flows are reconnected with the new system of pedestrian routes. The city space quality has come to a new level, the integrated navigation system helps the citizens and tourists find their way. New pedestrian structure provokes interest in the city cultural life and helps educate the Moscovites.

In cooperation with AM Proektus - Mark Safronov

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