Avtozavodskaya Station
A show of performance


Avtozavodskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

  • Project Planner:
    JSC Mospromproject 
  • Completion:
    September 2016
  • System:
    Knauf Exterior Wall
  • Type of building:
    Railway station
  • Application area:
    3,200 m2 AQUAPANEL® Cement Board Indoor
    5,300 m2 AQUAPANEL® Cement Board Outdoor 
  • Features:
    Passenger flow - up to 500 thousand people per month

Avtozavodskaya is an open railway station of Moscow Central Circle (MCC) rail line that encircles historical Moscow. It was completed and opened to passengers on September 10, 2016, simultaneously with the launch of most MCC stations. It is an integral part of one of the most grandiose transport projects in the history of not only Moscow, but also in Russia.

The station has a double-sided platform with a lobby located above the tracks. The entrance to the city is through a covered pedestrian corridor, which forms a passage between both directions of the railroad line and the third ring road, one of the high-speed traffic rings around Moscow. There is a road transfer from the platform to the Avtozavodskaya metro station of the Moscow subway. The station occupies an average place for MCC in terms of passenger traffic: about 20 thousand people per day and more than 500 thousand per month.

The projects of all MCC stations are created in a neofuturistic style. This style, which appeared in the 60's-70's of the 20th century, is now regularly reconsidered with the appearance of innovative and technological building materials. "Avtozavodskaya" and the neighbouring station "ZIL" have almost identical foyers, but in this project there is more glazed area on the ground floor - the structure is actually transparent. The structure has a narrowing main shape. Some of the ribs are angular and others are rounded. The cladding consists mainly of light grey metal panels, but like most MCC stations, "Avtozavodskaya" has an individual additional colour for easy orientation.

The construction of new road crossings was avoided in order to keep the budget within limits. As a result, the architects simply added a lobby to the already existing massive concrete pedestrian bridge.

A façade solution based on the Knauf External Wall with AQUAPANEL® Technology was used to form the outer shell of the station’s entrance hall. Its application allowed the architects to integrate large, translucent structures harmoniously into the façade surface, without the need to use complex coupling elements. When planning the station, even small changes required a complete recalculation of the entire structure. This posed a threat to meeting the tight deadlines set during the construction phase. In addition, continuous coordination of the contractors' activities on a horizontal level was required.

The Knauf Exterior Wall with AQUAPANEL® Technology made it possible to install the exterior walls of the station at the construction site, without additional negotiations and changes in the project design plan, ensuring a fast and technically valuable solution for this constructive challenge. The Avtozavodskaya railway station was one of the first projects of Moscow's transport infrastructure using Knauf Exterior Wall with AQUAPANEL® Technology.

AQUAPANEL® specialists were directly involved in the project development and supervised the installation of the façade system at the construction site.

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