Designing a Powerful Global Statement

The Moscow IFC is designed to send a global message about Russia’s confident commitment to engage the world of 24-hour finance as a major player. To achieve this, the city designers of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and the Chernikov team propose the development of a new-model international showcase city within a city that sets a unique quality-of-life standard for safe and stimulating urban living to attract Russia’s and the world’s top talent. That talent will in turn attract foreign investment and multi-national money management companies, and lead to national economic transformation and regional development.

The proposed new model is a city in harmony with nature. A landmark mixed-use tower rises from an exciting business and entertainment core that is connected by transit to compact, amenity-rich “sloboda” neighborhoods set within a walkable green framework of park-view and river-view corridors. State-of-the-art infrastructure of built and natural systems connects the site’s signature watersides, and makes it a world leader in sustainable living. A great place for young professionals and a wonderful place to raise a family.

The design strategy is to leverage incomparable quality of life on the Moscow River, the city’s existing financial industry assets, and the global connectivity of two nearby international airports into a foreigner-friendly place where Muscovites mingle comfortably with the world.

The design team believes in the importance of collaboration and consulted with many additional experts during the study, including: Port Architecture + Urbanism (public space), Jones Lang LaSalle (economics), Ramboll (infrastructure), Mobility in Chain (transport + parking), Thirst (strategy + communication), and MIR (visualisation).