Moscow’s Tverskaya Ulitsa may get “pulsing” pavement

If the Yaroslavl-based architectural firm, winner of the international street improvement tender for the neighbourhood, gets its way
Share 12 July 2016
Strelka-KB press office
Improvement vision for part of Tverskaya Ulitsa

The architects suggest pedestrian “mini-plazas” and “pulsing” pavement as part of the proposed improvements for 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ulitsa, and the section of Tverskaya between Pushkinskaya and Triumfalnaya Square, according to the Moscow Mayor’s Office. All this work is scheduled in 2017.   

"Lagoon-like plazas may be arranged where Tverskaya and 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya are crossed by the adjoining lanes and alleys,” goes then newsletter. “The paving will not be the same everywhere on the sidewalks: the triangular granite tiles will increase in size as the street approaches the plazas or other open spaces, producing a kind of a “pulsing pavement” effect.” Each next tile size will be double the preceding size. The plazas will be paved with the largest slabs, sized 1.2 m by 1.2 m.

This is the solution proposed by an architectural firm from Yaroslavl, which had won an international tender to create an improvement concept for the neighbourhood.

Most of the intersections are to be transformed into mini-plazas, each with its own peculiar feature. One plaza, next to the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre, will have an outdoor stage.

According to this improvement vision for Tverskaya and 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya, the driveways and sidewalks in those streets will be on the same level, without any borders. The sidewalk will be visually divided in two parts: pedestrian and the so-called utility part. The idea is to pave the pedestrian part, which will run down the middle, with large stone slabs, and the utility part, closer to the driveway, with smaller slabs.

The lampposts will be placed in the utility part of the sidewalk. All wires, packed into underground cable ducts, will run along the pedestrian sidewalk.  

The architects propose three levels of illumination for the neighbourhood: regular street lights, illuminated trees, and lights built into the sidewalk.​