Eavesdrop> MVRDV Booted from Moscow Project, But Maybe So What?

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MVRDV’s proposal repurposed the original factory building. (Courtesy MVRDV)

The Architect’s Journal reported, somewhat melodramatically, that a “row” has broken about between MVRDV and the British firm LDA over the redevelopment of the Hammer and Sickle Factory in Moscow. MVRDV’s competition winning scheme, which respected the existing historic factory buildings, has been dumped in favor of LDA’s swoopier Shanghai/Dubai/Where-am-I scheme. Hurt feelings aside, MVRDV might have dodged a dictatorial bullet. Russia isn’t exactly the most stable or desirable or reputation-burnishing place to work these days.

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MVRDV’s proposal. (Courtesy MVRDV)

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MVRDV’s proposal. (Courtesy MVRDV)

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MVRDV’s proposal. (Courtesy MVRDV)

LDA's proposal. (Courtesy LDA)

LDA’s proposal. (Courtesy LDA)

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LDA’s proposal. (Courtesy LDA)

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LDA’s proposal. (Courtesy LDA)

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