Like in ancient engravings of the 17th–18th centuries: Big Circle Line's Lefortovo metro station's design approved

Like in ancient engravings of the 17th–18th centuries: Big Circle Line's Lefortovo metro station's design approved
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Lefortovo metro station of the Big Circle Line is under construction in the southeast of Moscow next to Sputnik cinema.

Lefortovo station's interiors are to be stylised to look as antique prints of the 17th–18th centuries. Monochrome themed drawings in the ticket office hall and lobby will remind passengers of the rich historical heritage of Lefortovo district the station owes its name to. The new station's design was approved by the Moscow City Architecture Committee.

"Architects were inspired by the Lefortovsky Palace located on the right bank of the Yauza River in Basmanny district neighbouring to Lefortovo. The original building has not survived. However, the appearance of the Palace is imprinted on ancient engravings. This eclectic building with pavilion roofs and carved facades was built by order of Peter the Great for Admiral Franz Lefort at the end of the 17th century. Restored after a fire in the 18th century, the Palace ensemble is a monument of architecture of federal significance protected by the state," said Moscow's Chief Architect Sergei Kuznetsov.

According to him, white marble, light grey granite, fibre concrete and aluminium panels will be used to decorate the station. Lobby walls will have a 40 sq m black and white decorative panel picture of the Palace reflected in the water of the Yauza River.

An artistic composition in the ticket office hall will be dedicated to the first Palace's owner, Franz Lefort.  The sketches of the painting were inspired by the history of the Leforts dynasty. The composition includes heraldic symbols of the Leforts’ coat of arms: an elephant and a knight's helmet. The image will be about 5m in diameter and is expected to be mounted in a ceiling niche with built-in lamps around.

Lefortovo station is under construction in the southeast of Moscow, in the same name area between Soldatskaya and Nalichnaya streets. It will have one exit to Nalichnaya Street, to Sputnik cinema, residential buildings and public transport stops. The station is expected to open in 2020.

Lefortovo is one of the six stations of the north-eastern section of the Big Circle Line. It will soon have Rzhevskaya, Stromynka, Rubtsovskaya, Aviamotornaya and Sheremetyevskaya stations. The interiors of the latter are stylised as a noble estate. The lobbies will have 2.5 m high glossy balls looking like polished porcelain teapots on the dining table of some nobles.

The Big Circle is going to be 70 km long and include 31 stations and two train maintenance facilities. The Big Circle Line will unload the existing stations inside the circle, as well as the metro Circle line. The Big Circle Line stations will be launched in stages.