Kashirskaya Plaza 
Moscow, Russia
Best Project

Design Firm The JERDE Partnership Inc.
Contractor, Civil & Structural Engineer ENKA Construction and Industry Co. Inc.
MEP Engineers Vektor Dinamik Proje Engineering and Consulting Ltd. Co.; Tasarim Proje
Structural Steel Çimtaş Steel

Opened in the south of Moscow in 2018, this shopping and entertainment center emphasizes functionality, sustainability and integration into its physical and social environment. Kashirskaya Plaza was one of the largest real estate projects completed in Moscow last year. The design firm JERDE Partnership and contractor ENKA had worked together on the Kuntshevo Plaza retail project in Moscow, which opened in 2015, and applied lessons learned there to this job.

“Kashirskaya Plaza will not only be an important amenity of retail and entertainment for the neighborhood, but we think that it will prove to be a true economic and social catalyst for the region,” said lead project architect and JERDE design principal Danny Ha. “We’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished and look forward to continuing our successful relationship with ENKA.”

Despite blowing snowdrifts, bitter cold and high winds, the project’s multinational team completed work in just 21⁄2 years—on time, on budget and with zero lost-time incidents across 15 million worker-hours.

The project team included professionals from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, the U.S. and Uzbekistan, each with their own habits and cultures. Bilingual documentation was provided for each team member. All health and safety and quality-control training and briefings were conducted in three languages.

Sound barriers and low-intensity lighting at night were used to help mitigate disturbance to the densely populated residential neighborhood that surrounds the project site. 

Besides 184 retail tenants and a movie theater, the complex includes a removable ice rink on the roof and a fitness center with a pool and open-air courts. Green features include extensive LED lighting and an HVAC system that channels warm air toward the building’s many skylights, melting snow and ice without a dedicated defrosting system.

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