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18 March 2021, 07:03

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Visitors to the Moscow Model pavilion can now examine in great detail the monument to the Soviet avant-garde – the unique Melnikov house, as well as Novy Arbat Street and Komsomolskaya Square.

In the “Model of Moscow” pavilion at VDNKh, you can now see in detail another 50 buildings, streets and squares. They were presented on a miniature copy of the capital before, but the visitors of the pavilion could not zoom in on the images of objects on special touch screens.

“Thanks to the layout of Moscow, the townspeople have the opportunity to explore their favorite city at a 40-fold magnification. To do this, you just need to go to the interactive screens located around the layout, open the photo gallery on them and select the object of interest. The collection contains the most iconic sights of the city, such as the Kremlin, a skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment, the Historical Museum and the Bolshoi Theater. In total, the renovated gallery now contains more than 150 objects. These are residential buildings, hotels, museums, cathedrals and temples, embankments, bridges, parks and much more, ”said Sergei Levkin, head of the Department of Urban Development.

The image is broadcast from four cameras with Full HD resolution and helps to make out not only the columns, balustrades and porticoes, but also all the smallest details of the decoration of buildings that are not visible from afar. Visitors to the pavilion can zoom in on images and rotate objects to view them from different angles.

The photo gallery was supplemented with a high-resolution image of Melnikov’s house. It is a world famous architectural monument of the Soviet avant-garde, built in 1927-1929 in Krivoarbatsky lane. The single-family residential building was designed by the outstanding architect Konstantin Melnikov for himself and his family. The building has an original shape similar to the figure eight. And the windows are made in the form of hexagons. The unique mansion is considered the pinnacle of Melnikov’s creativity.

In the pavilion “Model of Moscow” you can now see another building of an unusual shape – the egg house on Mashkov Street. It was built according to the project of the architect Sergei Tkachenko in 2000-2002. The prototype of the building was a Faberge egg. In addition, the gallery has a virtual overview of the building of the British Embassy in Russia on Smolenskaya Embankment, Pokrovsky and Donskoy Monasteries, as well as panoramas of Novy Arbat Street, Komsomolskaya Square, Krymskaya Embankment.

Everyone can also read informative information about a particular object – information is available on interactive screens.

Another 50 buildings, streets and squares have also appeared in the video surveillance system. It allows you to enlarge the layout of Moscow itself, examine copies of sights close up and compare the models with the originals. You can use the video review system at special interactive stands located in the hall of the pavilion at VDNKh.

The Moscow Model pavilion was opened on the Lilac Alley of VDNKh in 2017. In the exhibition center for urban development of the capital, you can walk around the entire city center in a couple of minutes, go around the Garden Ring and even try manage the life of a big citychanging day to night and back.

The main exhibit of the pavilion occupies an area of ​​429 square meters – it is the central part of the city with 23 thousand buildings and structures on a scale of 1: 400. The uniqueness of the Moscow layout lies in the smallest detail. All buildings were created using detailed blueprints. Volumetric parts such as domes, frescoes or sculptures were made using 3D modeling. The facades of buildings have windows, parapets, imposts, pylons and other elements.

You can see all this for free – the pavilion is open from 10:00 to 20:00 on any day except Monday. Tours are held here for guests, where they tell about the architecture of Moscow and the layout. The guides themselves manage the lighting system, a large video wall, spotlights, interactive cameras and soundtracks.

You can book a free tour by phone: +7 (925) 237-37-28, +7 (925) 237-37-29, as well as by filling out a special form on the website or at the administrator at the information desk in the pavilion.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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