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American avant-garde in white: Moscow Zoo new entrance

A white entrance pavilion with see-through glass doors will be built near Barrikadnaya metro station. Its design has been influenced by US avant-garde architecture and will incorporate some rather unusual features plus precise white geometric lines.

The beginning of the construction of the second Moscow Zoo entrance pavilion is scheduled for this year. It will be located near Barrikadnaya metro station. It will be made up of two floors with ticket offices, turnstiles, gift shops, cafes as well as a special zoo educational centre, which will be used for various cultural and educational events.

Visitors are expected to get into the zoo from the first floor by means of escalators or ramps.

Planning permission has already been given by the Moscow Architecture and Urban Construction Committee. The building, inspired by US avant-garde architecture, will have a geometric, laconic design and will be white outside. The doors will be made of see-through glass and the entrance will easily be seen at night as it will be illuminated. The Moscow Zoo’s grand new entrance will measure no less than 1,000 sq m.
“In the process of working on the architectural concept the creators of the project were inspired by ideas of a famous US avant-garde architect, Richard Meier. White is his visiting card, which he considers to be the most fitting shade to go with nature. Meier is considered the founder of white styles used in modern avant-garde architecture,” said Sergei Kuznetsov, Moscow’s Chief Architect.
Kuznetsov added that the project architects in Moscow were influenced by Meier’s famous creations such as Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, the Museum for the Decorative Arts in Frankfurt-am-Mein and the Bronx Development Center in NYC. All buildings are laconic, brilliant white and have strict geometric forms.

An additional way to get into the Moscow Zoo will help to redistribute the flow of visitors and also lift the burden from the central entrance located at the intersection of Krasnaya Presnya and Bolshaya Gruzinskaya streets. About 60,000 people use it at the weekends and on official days off.
“The new entrance will be designed as a functional space with a library, recreation zones and also an educational centre. We plan to have lectures, workshops and thematic gatherings there. I am quite sure that this fresh structure will in no time at all become a new attraction and will most certainly make our visitors very happy indeed,” said Svetlana Akulova, Moscow Zoo General Director.
The modernisation process continues at the Moscow Zoo. For example, it is expected that a new pedestrian bridge will be made over Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street next year. The construction will resemble a sea wave. The bridge will be 12m high and 22m long. There will be heated stairs as well as exits and entrances on both sides.

Two advanced pavilions, Arctic and Amazonia, are also going to be built at the zoo. Visitors will have a chance to see something similar to hot and humid South America or freezing and severe Arctic 12 months a year. Seals will also get a new modern pavilion with swimming pools. Conditions for marine animals inhabiting the Russian North will be created in the Pinniped pavilion so they can live there all year round: six open-air swimming pools 3.5m at the shallow end and 7m at the deep end will be created in such a way that they will always have optimal temperatures.

American avant-garde in white: Moscow Zoo new entrance