Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Fonvizinskaya Station by N. Shumakov, et al - 2016. © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Fonvizinskaya Station by N. Shumakov, et al – 2016. © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

RussiaBlue Crow Media has released ​the Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map​ which highlights the most unique and influential examples of architecture and decoration across what is widely considered to be the most impressive network of stations in the world.


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Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Mayakovskaya Station by A. Dushkin et al, 1938 - © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

Mayakovskaya Station by A. Dushkin et al, 1938 – © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

With photography by ​Alexei Narodizkii​, the bilingual – English and Russian – two-sided cartographic guide is an original and fascinating insight into the architecture and decoration of the Moscow Metro. The guide map is protected by a red board slipcover featuring a distinctive die cut ‘M’ and includes an originally designed geographical Moscow Metro map with featured stations marked on the front, corresponding photographs and details on the reverse.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Aviamotornaya Station by A. Strelkov at al - 1969. © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

Aviamotornaya Station by A. Strelkov at al – 1969. © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

Among the man busy underground wonders, make sure to stop by and explore the Komsomolskaya station which celebrates Russia military history and heroes with an immense dome with baroque-like ornaments and chandeliers, and a portico with Corinthian columns.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Komsomolskaya Station by A. Shchusev, et al - 1952. © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

Komsomolskaya Station by A. Shchusev, et al – 1952. © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

The iconic Mayakovskaya station, one of the deepest ones in the world, features an Art Deco central hall with 34 ceiling mosaics depicting “24 Hours in the Land of the Soviets.” During World War II it was used as a command post for Moscow’s anti-aircraft regiment.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Arbatskaya-1 Station by A. Teplitsky . 1935. © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

Arbatskaya Station by A. Teplitsky – 1935. © Alexey Narodizkiy for Blue Crow Media.

The guide includes also the Avantgarde Krasnye Vorota as well as the Arbatskaya and Aviamotornaya stations and many more. Contemporary projects such as the futuristic Fonvizinskaya Station designed by Nikolai Shumakov and built in 2016 are also featured.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Courtesy of Blue Crow Media.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Courtesy of Blue Crow Media.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map includes an introduction by Nikolai Shumakov, Head Architect of Metrogiprotrans and chief designer of many of Moscow’s finest contemporary stations.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Courtesy of Blue Crow Media.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Courtesy of Blue Crow Media.

The publication was curated by architectural historian Nikolai Vassiliev who has curated the second in Blue Crow Media’s new series of maps dedicated to the architecture and design of the world’s finest public transport systems as well as the Constructivist Moscow Map.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Courtesy of Blue Crow Media.

Moscow Metro Architecture & Design Map. Courtesy of Blue Crow Media.

Photos by Alexei Narodizkii – Courtesy of Blue Crow Media.