Red Square, Moscow Buildings, Russian Project, Photo, Design, Property, Image
Red Square Moscow Architecture
Photographs of the Historic Centre of the Russian Capital
10 Sep 2008
Photos © Alan Hills, taken in September 2009:
The name Red Square does not originate from the pigment of the surrounding bricks (which were whitewashed at certain times in history) nor from the link between the color red and communism. Rather, the name came about because the Russian word красная (krasnaya) can mean either “red” or “beautiful” (the latter being rather archaic; cf. прекрасная, prekrasnaya).
This word, with the meaning “beautiful”, was originally applied to Saint Basil’s Cathedral and was subsequently transferred to the nearby square. It is believed that the square acquired its current name (replacing the older Pozhar, or “burnt-out place”) in the 17th century. Several ancient Russian towns, such as Suzdal, Yelets, and Pereslavl-Zalessky, have their main square named Krasnaya ploshchad.
The rich history of Red Square is reflected in many paintings by Vasily Surikov, Konstantin Yuon and others. The square was meant to serve as Moscow’s main marketplace. It was also the site of various public ceremonies and proclamations, and occasionally a coronation for Russia’s Tsars would take place. The square has been gradually built up since that point and has been used for official ceremonies by all Russian governments since it was established.
Information + photos are welcome from readers for this famous Russian square
Buildings + monuments in the area – photo © Emin Onur Demircan, May 2012:
Photo © Emin Onur Demircan, May 2012:
More Russian building images online soon
Location: Red Square, Moscow, Russia
Moscow Architecture Developments
Contemporary Moscow Buildings
Moscow Building Developments – chronological list
Russian Architecture Tours by e-architect
Moscow Architectural Designs
Russian Architecture Designs – chronological list
Moscow Architecture Designs – chronological list
Contemporary Moscow Architecture Designs – rchitectural selection below:
Sberbank Headquarters, Moscow area
Architects: Evolution Design
photo : Sergey Melnikoff © Sberbank
Modular designs allow for the free scaling of work zones and each team has several types of meeting rooms, recreation spaces and quiet zones at its disposal. Each floor can become an autonomous unit with its own reception and all the necessary technical areas.
Sheremetyevo International Airport
Architects: RMJM Serbia
photo © Sheremetyevo Press Service
Terminal C in Sheremetyevo International Airport
Designed by RMJM Serbia, Sheremetyevo International Airport ‘Terminal C’ opened its doors to the public on January 17th.
Garage Screen Summer Movie Theater, Gorky Park
Competition winner: the SYNDICATE architecture bureau
photo © Iwan Baan
Garage Screen Summer Movie Theater
Pushkin Museum Extension
Russia Tower : ‘tallest tower in Europe’ proposal
Zaryadye Project : mixed-use urban development
Comments / photos for the Red Square Moscow Architecture Photos page welcome