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Essence Development


  • Tim Magill
  • Gene Pyo
  • Ricardo Llédo


2,908,810 sq. meters
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Project Description

Moscow city, the center of Russian culture, is also a region of great transformation and growth. In 2011, plans to further cultivate the city and alleviate traffic were made after Russian officials announced details to more than double its size from the south to the west.

Located directly in the heart of the expansion plan on the Sokolnicheskaya Line sits Salaris, a planned Metro Transit Hub, which functions as a pivotal gateway linking old Moscow to the new. The site spans 27.6 hectares and is situated in Moscow Oblast near Salaryevo Village, directly facing Kievskoye Highway. The Salaris hub has different functions that are activated at different times of the day:- in the morning, the metro is the focus, and in the evening it’s retail and entertainment. “The building is changing with time, so we really wanted to capture that with the facade,” said lead designer, Gene Pyo. “We found metallic panels that change from red to deep yellow depending on the site.” This color change reinforces the hubs shifting role.

As the last stop along the city’s metro line, the site is easily accessible from the Moscow city center and opens up to the entire region.

The transportation center will include the Salaryevo metro station, bus station, LRT, BRT, and parking. In tandem with the crucial transit role, Salaris will also offer a unique 111,000 square meter retail center that will house a hypermarket, cinema, food court, eclectic restaurants, fashion, and entertainment venues. It will provide the convenience of a multifunctional city project with a unique blend of scenic landscape, ample civic space and a select shopping experience.

Inspired by the region’s beautiful landscape, the architecture eloquently exhibits soft curves and an undulating roofline to evoke the gently sloping contours of the natural terrain. These design features culminate together along with the swooping roof canopies to form an iconic silhouette against the backdrop of the city. The façade of the building is made up of a pattern of white, aluminum, and red metallic panels, which continually interchange to reflect different color tones depending on the light condition and angle. Dramatic stretches of skylights flank the expansive bamboo ceiling over the two long concourses and flood the interior with natural light throughout the day. The interior spaces are both grand and welcoming; natural materials are used throughout the project, giving the sense of warmth and sensuality. Lounge areas also run throughout the project to provide relaxation points, hangouts and art viewing.

Salaris is organized into five districts: Entertainment Court & Terrace, Fashion Court, Market Street, Fashion Valley, and Gateway Court & Plaza. The Entertainment Court houses a multiplex cinema, entertainment anchor, spacious international food court. Adjacent to this is a dining terrace made up of world-class restaurants that will buzz with activities late into the evening. The Fashion Court is centrally located within the project. A towering oval skylight showers the interior with ample natural light, making the Fashion Court a perfect space for fashion shows and special events. Market Street is home to a 15,000 square meter Hypermarket, two-level DIY stores, and a collection of lifestyle, home, and family aligned retail. The fourth district, Fashion Valley, showcases modern trends as it hosts a number of international fashion anchors and boutiques. The Gateway Court is the hub of the transportation interchange as it is located at the junction of metro, bus, parking and taxi circulation.

Visitors arriving to Salaris from the new subway station will be greeted by a three level entry hall. The civic plaza above the station is animated by restaurants, outdoor dining and event space for weekly farmers market, seasonal festivals, and promotional events. This will act as a key access point and town center to Salaris and the surrounding region beyond.

The Salaris project fulfills an important civic duty by bringing the region a new transportation hub and an iconic landmark. With a focus on future growth, Salaris will punctuate Moscow’s commitment to cultural and lifestyle advancements for years to come.
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