Moscow Expocenter by Zaha Hadid


Moscow Expocenter by Zaha Hadid

Here are images, plans and a description of the Expocenter development in Moscow by Zaha Hadid. The project consists of an exhibition centre and two residential towers.


The project was announced earlier this year but has not yet been officially launched.


Below is a description from the architect:


Moscow EXPOCENTER Exhibition Halls and Residential Tower Project, Moscow, Russia

Site Location

Closely located to the Moscow International Business Center (MIBC), the largest investment and construction project in Russia, and Europe as a whole, the Expocenter Project offers the city a new exposition venue, hotel, and residential development.


The realization of the MIBC development has turned Moscow into a strong focal point of business activity, as MIBC is providing a more effective utilization of city territories, and raising the market cost of the land areas of the city. The Expocenter project will be the finishing keystone in this development, defining the northern edge of the Expocenter site.

The introduction of this new landmark will expand the current usage as a business zone, into a 24 hour living and events space.


The project realizes the possibility of integrating the vertical urban space with the existing horizontal urban fabric of the site. Consequently, the proposal envisions the unification of vertical and horizontal elements to become a major landmark on the site.


The main function of the horizontal space is to house the exposition and conference halls. Lifted above the ground, the exposition halls are large volumes designed for versatility, able to cater to exhibitions ranging from boutique high-fashion catwalk shows to world trade shows, from Russian art to International Events. Lifting these large volumes leaves the ground floor free to function as social, public space, to be occupied by offices, restaurants and bars.


The exposition halls cantilever to the sides at the upper levels, providing for a snow-free outdoor event space; and concealing the traffic at the southern part of the building. Such a venue with 26,340 sqm net exhibition space, which is located in the center of Moscow, will be in high demand for such high-class exhibitions and events.


The conference halls, located at the Eastern side of the first floor horizontal space, accommodate 3 auditoriums of different sizes, which can also combine to create one large hall of 1500 seats. The flexibility of the spaces allow for everything from smaller corporate meetings to large public conferences. The auditoriums are linked to the tower complex via a fly through bridge for convenient access to smaller meeting rooms and other associated facilities.


The residential tower is designed as an elegant continuation of the Moscow City skyline (first a drop and then a rise), with a large vertical volume divided into two smaller shapes in order to sustain its overall slenderness. The elliptical form provides an elegant edge. The urban vertical space between these volumes is structured with fluid passages, sky lobbies, and the larger volumes of a flat and a gym.

This verticality of the urban space swoops to the ground to create a main lobby that serves both as a grand social meeting space, and allows for separate entrances for the residence blocks and the hotel. The hotel rises to the 26th floor of the Western tower, with beautiful views to the Moscow City development. The 2nd and 3rd floors of the hotel complex contain a gym, a spa, and many specialized restaurants, bistro cafes and shops.

The residences are located in the Eastern tower and on the top floors of the Western tower. The project is comprised of a variety of 1 to 4 bedroom units varying in size and design. The design allows for 4 remarkable corner units in each floor. The ability of the residents to utilize the hotel facilities gives a unique character to these high-end dwellings. The intersection of the horizontal and vertical volumes creates the main public plaza which serves as the central focus point of the project.

Moscow is a thriving and constantly expanding business and cultural center, and it is a necessity to have an Expocenter which is capable of housing the high-class exhibitions and events that a city of Moscow’s calibre attracts. When constructed, the easily accessible central location of the complex will not only make it the natural choice for large events, but will also create an influx of new activity and opportunity.

Posted on Friday May 4th 2007 at 9:23 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • oliver Ike

    The project sounds fantastic.
    when will it be build? Is it just a project or will it be realized soon?

  • Jun

    I see no spirit inside

  • Nuno

    Or outside! :)

  • Nikos

    Why is this nice?

  • YUNG

    just another “heroic” architecture…”heroinic” maybe

  • i think is not just design,,
    i think i feel the spirit,
    or characteristic of moscow right there, from the building skin

    factory, architecture,
    high-huge architecture
    cold, shiny


  • mha

    I can Image Moscow Expocenter by Zaha Hadid . plz

  • Ian

    It doesn’t look like a true Zaha design ,,, perhaps it was handed over to someone in her office?

  • well i guess this desing is real nice, but i don’t believe that is going to be realized soon. but this project sounds fantastic”

  • Amer

    it’s nice

    but it seems to be a science fiction project(not on earth)

  • mna

    its good but not good enough for zaha hadid, or may be she did changed her concepts .

  • Fox

    I think this building shows how much capable is Zaha Hadid. To Judge how does it reflect the enviroment, needs a lot of sensibility of our. The concept, is too much more important than sthetics (if you like it, or you don’t like it, it does’t matter). Zaha Hadid can translate the spirit of the new century architecture (not only with form, but, speccialy with spaces and new significations to the “void”). We need Zaha Hadid’s, Clatrava’s, Coop Himmeblau’s, and another ones similars (couting with theier all differences) to reorient new conceptions about Architecture.


  • Holland

    Very nice design but I think it will fit more in Dubai, China or the Netherlands. In my opinion this design is too distinguished from the Russian architecture. Moscow becomes too Western but it has a great architecture and Russian culture. So the challenge is to design a new and modern building but typical Russian. This is too common.

  • driton tahiri

    its a wonderfull object very very big thing

  • Ethan Rose

    This is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers I have ever seen.
    I love all Zaha Hadid’s work.

  • Elena

    So what if it’s not typical Russian? Stop being so narrow-minded and accept the good things the West has to give. If you seek only the Russian, you will be confined to yourselves and therefore isolated. I think that the contrast of this building, if made, with the traditional Russian architecture will be beautiful and brilliant. It will make Russians proud of their culture and traditions AND of their progress and prosperity as a modern country.

  • aanika

    zaha hadid is one f the best. tihs project says all of the good words..

  • Objective

    Well the project has the right to exist … it’s not to like or not to like zaha .I like the project it’s cold as I think should be a building in Moskow ( who’ve been there knows about what I am talkin’) somebody told no spirit … well have your projects spirt inside or outside ? :)

  • Kate

    I guess Elena is Russian, like myself, but I absolutely disagree with her.

    The entire Expocenter project is rather disgraceful and, in the opinion of *many*, just spoiling this city, apart from breaking the law (you aren’t supposed to see this sort of contemporary architecture from the historical center of the city, but the skyscrapers they’ve built so far.. well, you can see them from just about everywhere).
    Saying this project is not Russian is not, I believe, being all-so-narrow-minded. It doesn’t have to be a Stalinka to be Russian. However we here have a strong spirit and traditions, simply disregarding them and building ‘international’, that really doesn’t work.

    Sure, maybe it’s just because I don’t like glass skyscrapers and Zaha, even less so together, but mostly I’m very negative about this project because I think this city needs a different approach and different architecture. We’re special, just like everybody else. It’s a great pity that neglect for our culture starts from the government (read: Luzhkov. The man is out of his mind. He really doesn’t care. “Oh, this is an international superstar architect? I want something built here and there and there”) and the same neglect goes down to the architects who, naturally, care even less about some special approach.

    So hate me if you will, but I think this project is ugly, and I’ll be flinching anytime I have to see it for real. I already do, at what they’ve built so far.


    Hello , I just want to know who is the architect or designer of the “Forum Pavilion” at the Expocentre Moscow?

    Thanks for answer me!