One of the world’s most renowned architect firms, Zaha Hadid Architects, has been selected to build sections of a new ‘smart city’ in Russia. Set to become a global benchmark for smart, sustainable cities, Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye to the west of Moscow will feature new homes, schools, hospitals, shopping districts, and entertainment facilities for 66,500 residents.

Zaha Hadid Reveal Plans for 'Smart City' in Russia

According to Zaha Hadid Architects, Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye ‘will be a global benchmark for smart, sustainable cities.’ The new project will focus on the consumption and production of sustainable local energy, while also benefitting from the very latest technological advances to ‘increase connectivity and efficiencies’.

But all this forward thinking tech doesn’t mean that the new smart city won’t benefit from some good old altruistic ideals. Based on research and studies, the firm concluded that ‘people’s well-being and happiness increases from greater interaction with their local community.’

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As such, the design creates spaces that encourage engagement and communication. A third of the neighbourhood, for example, will be parklands and forest bordering the Moscow River. There’ll also be a gigantic 30-hectare lake at its centre.

Alongside 66,500 residents, the neighbourhood will accommodate 800,000 square metres of office space for Moscow’s growing financial, consulting, legal and auditing sectors. In total, 4 million square metres of new buildings will be developed in Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye over 460 hectares.

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But why build it at all? Well, according to research Moscow’s population has increased by more than 3 million people (over 30%) in the past 20 years. It’s argued Rublyovo-Arkhangelskoye is therefore integral to accommodate the Russian capital’s growth without increasing congestion in the centre of the city.

For more Zaha Hadid projects, take a look over at the Zaha Hadid Architects Website or check out our Top 5 Zaha Hadid Buildings.

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