A new cinema and concert hall will open at the Moscow City International Business Centre in December of this year, said Oleg Antosenko, Chairman of the Moscow Committee for State Oversight in Construction.
The reinforced concrete building has almost been completed with the exception of the section where it will be connected to the Afimall shopping centre. The workers are glazing the dome and working on the building’s facade. They also need to install the lifts. Overall, they are on schedule.
The adjacent grounds will be improved after the construction is completed. Pavements (sidewalks) will be installed from the building to the Bagration Bridge and the Expocentre exhibition hall.
The city has allocated funding for a square in front of the cinema and concert hall.
The nine-story 38,000 square metre building will host major events, including concerts and forums. The cinema has 1,576 seats.
The transformable stage in the Round Hall under the unique transparent dome can be adjusted to 16 scenarios.
“This concert and cinema will be among the best in the world and will have the latest technology and equipment. It will have a beautiful dome in the form of a clock, which is an unusual architectural element,” said Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction.
The 64-metre clock will be larger than the Royal Mecca Clock quoted in the Guinness Book of World Records. It will be visible from the office towers in the Moscow City International Business Centre and from street level.
Moscow City is one of the largest construction projects in Russia in recent decades. The total area will be about 100 hectares, of which 60 hectares are yet to be developed.