Klenovy Boulevard station

‘Klenovy Boulevard’ (Maple Boulevard) Station is located close to the picturesque area of the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve in Moscow.

Rich cultural context of the area forms a colourful and recognizable image of the untouched natural landscape. It stretches along the banks of the Moscow River, accompanied with the iconic architectural monuments of Russian wooden and stone architecture. The Palace of the Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich stands as a symbolic figure of the entire ensemble. Its characteristic silhouette becomes a symbol for the object itself and for the entire surrounding area.

Architecture of the above-ground vestibule is formed by modern interpretation of silhouettes of Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve. Soft forms of the dome reflected in the entrance group of the station and metal panelling with custom embossing refer to Dyakovo culture of reticulated ceramics that developed near the village Dyakovo (nowadays in Moscow, within the boundaries of the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve). This metal finishing, covered with set of dots and illuminated from the top, adds airiness to the whole structure and smoothly turns into the finishing of ceiling of the underground lobby.

A clean, calm and neat image of the station’s interior space is based as well on transformation of the key symbol of the area. Plastics of the ceiling vault of the platform set recognizable silhouette of the dome, which is typical for traditional elements of Russian architecture. This silhouette transforms in a modern way by using mirrors as part of the wall on the platforms. Namely, the ceiling vault itself contains only half of the recognizable silhouette; the other half is visually duplicated in the mirror. Monochrome and texture purity of decoration is intended to emphasize the architecture of the platform.

Nearness to the famous object of cultural heritage had a huge influence on the image of the new metro station. Moreover recognizable silhouettes guide us through the urban space.

According to the competition instructions, only Russian materials should be used in the project. There were very strict rules on this subject.

External walls of the above-ground pavilion are faced with metal embossed panels [M8]. Illumination on the roof perimeter creates a unique effect at night. Internal walls and ceiling are faced with white aluminum panels with aluminum alloy foam [M2]. The lightning of the pavilion interior is organized by using three layers. First layer is the floor lightning directed upwards, which emphasizes the shape of panels. Second and main layer is the light box across the entrance with service from the street. Third layer is mirror ceiling panels that reflect natural light during the day and artificial light at night.

The interior of an underground vestibule continues the general idea of monochrome and texture purity. Walls are decorated with Russian white marble, black granite and aluminum panels on columns and arches. There were developed different types of pattern for stone finishing [M3-M7].

For the lightning of the vestibule there were developed custom perforated aluminum panels with nine types of the pattern [M1]. These panels are randomly combined and as a result create a unique tile pattern that relates to the traditions of Dyakovo culture of reticulated ceramics.

The Interior of underground passages and platforms submits to general monochrome stylistics as well. Russian granite is used as floor and wall finishing. Mirror panels and black aluminum panels are used as an additional material that is facing the pylons between the platforms. The ceiling of the platforms is faced with white aluminum panels that are shaped in a dome, a traditional Russian symbol. The main lighting of platforms is organized by the hidden light which reflects in mirror walls.

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