Brownfield Transformation Mixed-use

Transformation of Moscow's largest brownfield area into a varied urban district

ZIL-South will become Russia’s first district formed on the “15-minute city” principle in which the main commercial, business, and public spaces are within 15 minutes walk of any point. Two large pedestrian arteries — ZIL- park and the pedestrian esplanade — and a network of routes create an intuitively intelligible and highly comfortable environment for walking. ZIL-South is a mostly car-free quarter focused on sustainable mobility with particular regard to pedestrians. The neighbourhood's transport system is based on the idea of multimodality, where all users have comfortable access to safe transportation and their quarter within the masterplan.

The second ambition is to propose a ZIL Mosaic, in which a variety of spatial and atmospheric environments will offer many distinct areas of choice.  ZIL Mosaic offers four different charac...

  • Moscow, Russia
  • Etalon Group
  • 2020 - Ongoing
  • Completed
  • 113 ha brownfield transformation of a former car factory site into a high-density urban area with 1,5 Million m2 of mixed-use program
  • Urban Design
  • Citymakers
  • Buromoscow
  • The area's pre-industrial past - three rings consisting of a relic grove, an open field with a series of ponds, and a river with maximally natural banks – has inspired the public spaces and landscaping strategy. KCAP has combined the historical essence of the location with the progressive 21st-century city embedded in nature and where public spaces' structure predominates. The landscape and ecology strategy for ZIL-South is a future-proof landscape framework. It distinguishes a series of complementary public areas of various scales - parks, squares, streets, and gardens.

    The masterplan for ZIL-South by KCAP will have a follow up by a new type of document for Russian development projects. Etalon group decided to deepen the ideas of KCAP by creating the ‘ZIL-South unified strategy for comfortable environment’ document. This details the masterplan chapters for further development, and shows involved architects, city authorities and future residents how the new district will be implemented. This work is curated by Moscow based company Citymakers. Previously, Etalon group initiated media platform Generation ZIL ( which enabled participatory design as part of the project at an early stage. Generation ZIL is the first education and media platform in Russia for the open publication of all stages of a development project.

    The ZIL-South masterplan will be implemented over 15 years and in 9 phases. The first phase, designed by the Russian architectural firm Buromoscow is currently under construction.