Competition Project. Architectural Concept. Technopark Residential Area Skolkovo Innovation Center. Area for Apartment Houses

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Architects: Aleksei Goriainov, Mikhail Krymov

Design: 2011

General information about Skolkovo and the contest
Skolkovo Innovation Center (“Russian Silicon Valley) is a high-tech hub to be built at Skolkovo near MoscowRussia. The hub is intended to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. 
The complex will be built within the limits of New Ivanovo and Odintsovo townships, near the village of Skolkovo located in the eastern part of Moscow’s Odintsovsky on the Skolkovsky highway, 2 km west of the MKAD Moscow beltway.
The Skolkovo project was announced on November 12th, 2009 by Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev.

1. General situation
The modern approach to residential buildings often creates a feeling of isolation. A person has his or her own apartment and a little garden, while neighbors are perceived as competitors.
The proposed residential area is designed for temporary accommodation of the scientific elite. The residential clusters are situated in a unique ecological environment. The architectural solution should not only provide comfortable accommodation for the residents but also form a creative environment that encourages people to communicate, exchange experiences, and help in the creative process.

2. Apartment houses
The district from the North to the South is permeated with pedestrian lanes with “green corridors", which connect the cluster to the park. Along them, residential buildings are built. This forms long green prospects. The central square covers the transit road, protecting the houses from noise and dirt.
We want to avoid the feeling of a dense urban development. This is why the buildings are shaped as the natural landscape and green hills. Between them there is a lot of air and space. The slopes of the hills are green terraces, so even the buildings themselves are a part of the natural recreational space. Facades and windows of the apartments are slightly turned towards the forest. All houses are connected by pedestrian paths on the second level between the lobbies. This forms project’s single communicative space.
Public functions are situated on the ground floor of the houses. Parking and technical services are situated on the underground level. Lanes for running and cycling are situated all around the area.
Artificial nests for swifts are located on the roofs of all houses. This improves the area environment and gives it a special atmosphere. Trees and grass are planted on all the terraces and roofs of the houses.

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