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Russia: Massive scale model of Moscow could become World's largest02:42

Russia: Massive scale model of Moscow could become World's largest

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 26, 2016 at 19:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

Footage filmed in Moscow on Friday shows a group of architects, builders and designers from City Model Workshop constructing a 925-square-metre (9,956 square foot) miniature model of the Russian capital.

The model is highly detailed with everything copied from real life, from plants to imitation windows and special lighting that illuminates the interiors.

"The process is very labour-intensive. Besides constructing the buildings, the most difficult thing is that we have absolutely no design drawings for the model. So we have a special team of designers and architects who only draw sketches of every single building in a vector format for the Moscow model," said head of City Model Workshop, Sergei Podyomshchikov.

The City Model Workshop team initially believed the model would become the largest scale model of a city in the world but later found that “there is a model in the Chinese city of Nanjing which is 938 square metres. That is why we are one step from the record," Podyomshchikov said.

However that record could still be broken as so far the model only shows the central part of Moscow from the Kremlin up to the Third Transport Ring. That means huge parts of the city have not been touched and could still be added to the model, which is due for completion in 2017.

The motive for creating the model is to show architects how newly designed buildings would look in context while providing an interesting glimpse of Moscow for visitors.

Russia: Massive scale model of Moscow could become World's largest02:42
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Footage filmed in Moscow on Friday shows a group of architects, builders and designers from City Model Workshop constructing a 925-square-metre (9,956 square foot) miniature model of the Russian capital.

The model is highly detailed with everything copied from real life, from plants to imitation windows and special lighting that illuminates the interiors.

"The process is very labour-intensive. Besides constructing the buildings, the most difficult thing is that we have absolutely no design drawings for the model. So we have a special team of designers and architects who only draw sketches of every single building in a vector format for the Moscow model," said head of City Model Workshop, Sergei Podyomshchikov.

The City Model Workshop team initially believed the model would become the largest scale model of a city in the world but later found that “there is a model in the Chinese city of Nanjing which is 938 square metres. That is why we are one step from the record," Podyomshchikov said.

However that record could still be broken as so far the model only shows the central part of Moscow from the Kremlin up to the Third Transport Ring. That means huge parts of the city have not been touched and could still be added to the model, which is due for completion in 2017.

The motive for creating the model is to show architects how newly designed buildings would look in context while providing an interesting glimpse of Moscow for visitors.

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