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Competition-winning plans unveiled for two new Moscow Metro stations

Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau and BuroMoscow have won an international competition to design two new stations for the Moscow Metro network (+ slideshow).

Russian studios Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau and BuroMoscow were selected to design the Nizhniye Mnevniki and Terekhovo stations in northwest Moscow, in a competition organised by urban design consultancy Strelka KB.

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Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau's Nizhniye Mnevniki station is one of the two winning designs for new metro stations in Moscow

Scheduled to open in 2018, they form part of a series of 80 new stations planned for the network. The city plans to have all of the new stations in place by 2020, which will include laying 160 kilometres of new tracks.

The aim is for every new station to have its own identity. But for construction efficiency, each one is to be developed from the same standard model used by applicants in this competition.

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Within Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau's design, the colour red highlights the structural elements while other areas are left bare

Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau put forward the winning design for Nizhniye Mnevniki station.

The proposal involves using bold injections of colour – particularly red – to highlight structural elements within the station. In renderings, these are visible alongside the escalators, on the platforms and to frame the entrances.

The studio suggests that other surfaces be left bare, revealing material finishes that include raw concrete.

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The stations are scheduled to open in 2018, forming part of a series of 80 new stations planned for the network

"We were working on visual combination, and accentuation of pure form and space," said the design team in their description.

By contrast, BuroMoscow's proposal for Terekhovo station has a more minimal aesthetic, focusing on light and shadow.

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BuroMoscow's Terekhovo station is the other winning design proposal and is illuminated with reflective light

The entrance pavilions are designed with fluted walls, while the ticket area is to feature mirrored panels and large circular lighting fixtures. Down on the platforms, illuminated silhouettes will decorate the columns.

According to the designers, the space will be "illuminated with reflected light".

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The underpass of Terekhovo station is minimalistic

Construction of the The Third Interchange Circuit, a new circle line, started in 2011 as part of a transport development programme backed by the city mayor. The aim is to ensure that 93 per cent of Moscow residents live within walking distance to a Metro station.

The competition attracted 121 entries from 16 countries, and each design can be viewed on the competition website.

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The wall in the lobby of Terekhovo station has mirrored plates so that people entering the subway can see their reflection

"The winning projects for Terekhovo and Nizhnie Mnevniki stations were chosen for their unique and original design and perfect vision delivery in accordance with the highest standards of contemporary architecture," said Marat Khusnullin, Moscow's deputy mayor for urban development and construction.

Other cities planning new metro stations include Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which has appointed Foster + Partners to the job, and Paris, which is set to have one of its stations designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.