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The concept for Moscow's

Last Updated on 08th January 2024

The blueprint for an ambitious initiative to restore a 113-hectare industrial property in southern Moscow has been finalized by Dutch architect KCAP.


The goal is to transform the former ZIL car plant site into a "15-minute city," where residents are no more than a 15-minute walk away from shops and offices. 


This reduces the requirement for parking and allows the concept to be built around two pedestrian paths, ZIL-Park and an esplanade along the Moscow River.


The new urban quarter is divided into four distinct zones per the master plan. On the banks of the Moscow River, the River Quarters have mid-rise, terraced buildings with high-rise towers behind them.


The Urban Gardens part will have "urban villas" in manicured settings, while the Park Quarters will feature a mix of residential buildings surrounded by parkland.


The Business Quarters will be centered on metro stations and other forms of public transportation. This will be home to "iconic buildings and architectural landmarks," according to KCAP.


"Zil South" will encompass 1.5 million square meters of building space spread across 40 acres of streets, squares, and parks.


Etalon Group, a Russian developer, is building the new area. The business created Generation ZIL, an online platform that allows the public to engage in the project's planning, which KCAP claims is a first for Russia.


Over the following 15 years, the master plan will be implemented in nine parts. Buromoscow, a Russian architect, designed the first phase, which is now under development.


The ZIL plant, which was established in 1916, used to manufacture limousines. The facility shuttered in 2012, and the ZIL corporation declared bankruptcy the following year.


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