Moscow Expansion Masterplan

Moscow, Russia

Referred to as 'The City in the Forest', Moscow City expansion is a masterplan that will expand into an area of 155 sq km to the southwest of the city, doubling Moscow’s footprint.

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An international jury awarded the first prize in the design of the new Capital District of Moscow City to the Anglo‑American team, The Capital Cities Planning Group (CCPG), in which Gillespies played a central role.

The team reconfigured the expansion area to create a new ‘City in the Forest’ for 1.7 million people, providing 800,000 new jobs focused around the ‘Triple Helix of Government, Education and Business’.

The federal city plan looks to create an integrated, properly-planned urban hierarchy served by a transit‑orientated movement system around a series of ecological lakes designed by Gillespies. Gillespies used the natural topography of the site to create the lakes as the setting for the new Federal District, and this was a key factor for the competition jury when they appraised the different proposals.

A thorough understanding of the Russian landscape, culture and climate was a crucial factor for the Gillespies team in helping to achieve the competition win.


  • 2013 Landscape Institute Awards: Highly Commended for Strategic Landscape Planning
  • 2013 World Architecture News (WAN) Award: Longlisted