Maxwan wins competition for a new city near Moscow

The Dutch office Maxwan architects and urbanists has won an international competition for a new city of 160.000 inhabitants south-west of Moscow, Russia.

The new city will be built on a 3000 ha plot along the city ring of Moscow, situated on a former collective farm, Sovchoz Kommunarka. The prize-winning design of Maxwan includes 46.000 houses, a regional business center, and a leisure and education center. The plan also contains six city centers set amongst a network of public parks and forests.

For this commission Maxwan has formed an international team joining the engineering firm URS (UK), landscape architects H+N+S (NL) and Martha Schwartz Partners (USA). Three teams were short listed for the final round of the competition, including John Thompson & Partners (London – UK) and Albert Speer und Partner (Frankfurt am Main – DE).

The client for this significant project is the consortium, Komstroy, formed by the Sobin Bank, North West Developments and Avgur Estates.

The architecture office Maxwan is well known for its urban design of the VINEX site Leidsche Rijn (a new city of 30.000 houses near Utrecht, NL) and the master plan for Barking Riverside (a new development with 11.000 houses, located along the river Thames within East London, UK).