Lighting the Way: Zaha Hadid Architects’s Klenoviy Bulvar 2 Station

Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international competition to build the Klenovuy Bulvar 2 Metro Station in Moscow. We take a look at the innovative technology that gave it the winning edge

Nestled in the heart of Moscow’s south-easterly district, Nagatinsky Zaton, the new the Klenovuy Bulvar 2 Metro Station will offer increased capacity and connectivity for the city’s growing population. 

The station will form part of the new orbital Biryulevskaya Line, almost 70km in length, which will connect with the Bolshaya Kolsevaya Line, making the city centre more accessible for residents of the district. With the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve and its 390-hectacre park on its doorstep, the station opens up South East Moscow to visitors. 

Lighting is an integral part of the station’s design. The station’s platforms are lined with columns, illuminated with strips of light connecting the floor to the ceiling, which direct passengers to the centre of the platform.

The arrow-shaped columns provide intuitive navigation throughout the station, making the passenger experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable. 

New technology adapts the interior environmental conditions to display real-time information on train arrivals and departures. This is intended to make travel effortless.

Currently transporting 2.5 billion passengers each year, the Moscow Metro has been in need of expansion, and Zaha Hadid Architects provides a futuristic solution. 

Outside, the building will feature landscaping for visitors, where they can see into the various parts of the factory and access the roof space above.

The project also includes careful landscaping of the park beyond to enable visitors and Vesre employees to fully access and enjoy the forest.

“With Vestre we have imagined a factory that is simultaneously front of house and back of house,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG.

“The radical transparency invites visitors and hikers to enjoy the whole process of manufacturing while providing the workers the thrill of working in the middle of the forest.”

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Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects