​A Bright Proposal

The concept of developing Districts 7 and 8 in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk continues the work that started as a concept for the entire city, which was also developed by Ostozhenka architects. One can only be amazed at how smoothly the work process is flowing, and how bright the result looks.

Julia Tarabarina

Written by:
Julia Tarabarina
Translated by:
Anton Mizonov

04 December 2019
The background: a concept of spatial development of the city

Speaking about this project, which won this year’s architectural competition, we cannot avoid covering its background. First of all, in the recent years, the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the largest city of the Sakhalin Peninsula, and the capital of the region bearing the same name, has been rapidly developing. Essentially, this has to do with the local budget’s tax revenues from the oil mining in the offshore fields. The Ostozhenka architects began designing for Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in 2015; they were invited to work on the site plans of several districts of the city, including the central ones, number seven and eight. Shortly, during the process of land survey and the architects’ interaction with the city authorities, it turned out that the city was in a dire need of spatial development, one that would define the general development strategy. In 2016, a competition for such plan was conducted and won by the project submitted by Ostozhenka.

Essentially, the concept, adopted by the city government, is about “changing the city plan from linear to a compact one”. In other words, the architects are proposing to restore, in the center of the existing city, the densely packed orthogonal grid of the Japanese city of Toyohara that was partially dissolved in the large-scale “micro-district” construction. The streets must run closer to one another, the city must become more transparent, and a division into yards and public spaces must appear – these are the “new old” urbanist values that the plan is based upon. The “stitch” micro-district construction is giving way to urban blocks. From my personal viewpoint, such an approach, by no means based on imposing new values, but based on searching for the positive points in the historical development of the location, is generally characteristic of Ostozhenka, which has been kind of their thing since the 1990’s, and today in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk they are bringing back to light the grid of the old city just as once they would search for the borders of the pre-Revolutuon estates on Moscow’s Ostozhenka Street, trying to give this area a reasonably dense parceling.

The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

The geographic location. The external and internal transportation links. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

Other important initiatives include: removing the industrial parks from the railway station area, and creating in their stead the central city park that must join the western and the eastern parts of the city, instead of separating them, which is currently what the industrial parks are doing (by the way, recently an online platform was launched for collecting the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk residents’ feedback about the development of the city’s public areas).

The Ostozhenka architects also suggested that more attention should be paid to the rivers that flow down from the mountains and into the Susui valley occupied by the city, in order to create linear parks alongside these rivers, which will make it possible to open up better views on the surrounding mountains, breathtakingly beautiful.

Among other things, the concept provides for giving Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a city that currently looks painfully monotonous, a unique facade consisting of new designer buildings, predominantly on the eastern side of the city, where the “Gorny Vozdukh” (“Mountain Air”) ski resort is situated, consisting of a multitude of slopes of various degrees of complexity, already popular with both local and Japanese skiers, included in the top ten of Russia’s mountain resorts. The mountains are higher in this side, and they step up closer to the city, so the chairlifts and cable cars start off right from this point.

Districts 7 and 8

The new project, which won in the competition in the spring of 2019, is devoted to Districts 7 and 8, situated near the bottom ends of the “Gorny Vozdukh” chairlifts, on the east border of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, yet at the same time close to the city center, a half-hour’s walk away from the city council and the railway station. The districts are built in the style of the 1960’s, and occupy two rectangles, 23 and 37 hectares respectively; they have virtually no inner streets inside of them, only driveways, with a large number of dead ends. The houses are the panel prefabricated type; in the center of District 8, there are a few two-storied wooden ones. To the north of the border of District 7, a large city park begins. To the east, there is a natural territory leading up to the mountains, which serves therapeutic, sporty, and memorial functions, all rolled into one. The residential area is delineated by the Gorky Street, which connects the Ploshchad Pobedy (“Victory Square”), before which the Museum of the Great Patriotic War was built in 2017, to the Ploshchad Slavy (“Fame Square”) with the inevitable Eternal Flame and memorials. There are also a few sports complexes and a stadium here, situated right before the bottom end of the cable car; a little more to the south, there is the Temple of the Birth of Christ, built here in 2016.

The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The existing points of attraction
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

However diverse, these are still pinpoint inclusions, while the Ostozhenka concept provides for all-round transformation of the district that implied the appearance of new landmarks and a considerable increase in the coherency of the space that looks odds and ends now. 

The linear center: a multifunctional “backbone”

The brightest and the most intense part of the project is the “Linear City Center”. It consists of a number of buildings of diverse architecture, strung in their lower tiers on the axis of the retail and restaurants public gallery with glass walls, commanding the mountain views, and an operated green roof. Here, in addition to the Gorky Street, a city promenade appears that combines the “warm” space behind the glass wall, and the “cold”, yet still landscaped, space in front of it; these two will be connected not just visually but also with numerous entrances and exits. Currently, the housing space of the micro-districts and the “wild” space of the foot of the mountain are separated by an automobile street – and the authors of the project do everything to overcome this separation, to merge the two parts, the city’s “inside” and the “outside” one: adding pedestrian overpasses, improving the sidewalks, and, finally, opening up the views of the mountains from the glass-protected public space.

The public gallery running along the Gorky Street. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

The prerequisites of creating the tourist cluster. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

Actually, the Linear Center is presented as an embodiment of the idea of a new “city facade”: its silhouette looks like a jagged line of mountain pills, or like an imaginary city, in which the towers neighbor on elongated low-rise horizontal bridges; the highlight of this composition is the bridge above the Ankudinov Avenue that separates the micro-districts. In the project, it looks like some visual sum of the city and the mountains, something bright, attractive, and modern; the prevailing pink hue puts one in the mind of anime cartoons and the Far East sushi. We will emphasize here that the proposed image is not intended for direct application – and the authors of the project say as much – it is just an illustration of the idea of architecture that is bright, new, and dramatic silhouette-wise. Afterwards, Andrey Gnezdilov says, there will be competitions for the best designer architecture projects.

The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. View of the Victory Square and the Gorky Street
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

An important feature of this string of buildings is its functional diversity: the architects thought it out in a rather detailed and elegant way, but they are still emphasizing that the lineup of functions may change as the project develops further; what is important is maintaining the multifunctional principle. There are no full-fledged homes around here, but there are hotels and apartment complexes. The offices are situated next to a fitness center and a shopping mall with an aquarium, which are also strung on the stretched-out promenade. There are also other, more modern and more subtle elements of urban life: for example, a branch of the State Center for Modern Art with a hybrid library, a food market, an amphitheater, a co-working space and workshops, a children’s swimming school, and a rock climbing wall.

The linear public center: the functional program. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. View of the Gorky Street as seen from the pedestrian bridge.
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

In the northern part of the line, closer to the park, the authors are proposing to place a Japanese center with a hotel and a SPA center: homage to the nearest neighbor and the guests from this country. In other words, the architects densely packed various functions in this place, the functions that are otherwise packed in different blocks in other cities’ centers. This is meant to make the place more eventful and dynamic, not so much a border as a “backbone” between the residential area and “Gorny Vozdukh”.

The Japanese complex as part of the Linear Center. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. View of the intersection of the Gorky Street and the Kommunistichesky Avenue as seen from the entrance to the
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

In its southern part, the Linear Center slightly spills out beyond the confines of District 8: it is planned to build here a branch of the Far East University with a library accessible to the general public, and a university plaza. Before the hotel, there will be yet another plaza, both of these two making an ensemble with the Victory Square, which currently serves as a very large roundabout, and must become more pedestrian-friendly, providing a link between the city and yet another landscaped plaza before the Great Patriotic War Museum.

The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Fragments of the landscaping project: the Victory Square
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

The SPA and the overpass

If we are to consider the Linear Center to be the “backbone”, we will see that to the East of it stretches an “arm” – a pedestrian overpass about half a kilometer long, slender and transparent, testing on tall wide-span V-shaped supports. It starts from the tower of the hotel, in its third floor, and leads up to the start of the “Gorny Vozdukh” chairlift – past the two buildings of the spa center, which occupies the space between the existing volleyball complex and the youth school of martial arts. This way, the skiers will be able to course between the slopes and the SPA with a sauna (this being a minimum program), while in actuality the sheer scale of the buildings provides for a far more impressive scenario. The overpass looks really lightweight and even flying; the buildings of the SPA center are cosmically bright. This part of the project is drawn in a particularly beautiful way, reflecting the energy of the sporting and recreational function.

The pedestrian overpass to the "Gorny Vozdukh′ chairlift. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

View of the Linear Center from the overpass. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. View of the Gorky Street as seen from the pedestrian bridge
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

The residential areas: renovation

The third part of the concept – renovation of two micro-districts consisting of five-story houses – is designed in a neutral low key, and we are repeating ourselves here, not because of the specifics of the future architecture (yet unknown), but as a consequence of the concept: the architecture of housing areas must be reserved – the architects say, designing the facades as being white and regular-shaped here.

The residential buildings. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. View of the Ankudinov Avenue and the Tikhookeanskaya Street
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

The Ostozhenka architects are enhancing the grid of the inner streets of the two micro-districts, making it more coherent and deleting the dead ends. The streets of the outside contour are strengthened with relief roads because the traffic load is expected to increase. On the whole, the traffic scheme becomes more developed and clearer because it now includes automobile roads of different significance, speed, and width. The architects also proposed new ideas for landscaping the Ankudinova Avenue, and new greenery, both in the yards, and alongside the outer perimeter of the houses. The entrance to the city park is also highlighted; in front of it, there will be a few parks of a much smaller size, which will together form a pedestrian boulevard, perpendicular to the existing one.

  • zooming
    1 / 8
    The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The principles of modern housing construction
    Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau
  • zooming
    2 / 8
    The territory in question, the current state. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
    Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau
  • zooming
    3 / 8
    The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The landscaping location plan
    Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau
  • zooming
    4 / 8
    The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The masterplan
    Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau
  • zooming
    5 / 8
    The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The traffic scheme
    Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau
  • zooming
    6 / 8
    The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The traffic scheme
    Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau
  • zooming
    7 / 8
    The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. The grade lines of the streets
    Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau
  • zooming
    8 / 8
    The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Fragments of the landscaping project: the Fame Square and the Ankudinov Avenue
    Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

The construction becomes predominantly of the city block type, with vehicle-free yards. There are also height restrictions, a design code, galleries on the first floors on the street side, mixture of functions, and end-to-end hallways. The buildings range from 7 to 11 stories high. The school and kindergarten buildings are kept intact; new community centers are added. The project covers parts of the neighboring micro-districts 5 and 6, west of the Komsomolskaya Street and closer to the city center: here, on the territory of the military base, there will be housing project, and next to the local lore museum, a new culture center will be in the stead of today’s wasteland and a parking lot.

The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

And, of course, the architects provided for the succession of rehousing that does not spill very far beyond the confines of the districts.

Stages of renovating the residential buildings and rehousing of the population. The concept of architectural and town planning development of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Renovation of the residential areas
Copyright: Ostozhenka Bureau

Thus, the plastique and the color, proposed by Maria Dekhtyar, both reflect the essence of the company’s approach towards working with different parts of a significant portion of land with a total area of 120 hectares. The proposed imagery emphasizes the difference between various city types that are represented in the concept: the peaceful and regular housing construction, the dynamic and densely packed public type, and the flashy and hovering sporty construction, hovering like a skier carving on double blacks. The regular rank-and-file micro-districts must give way to a compound structure consisting of parts with different functions and even different lifestyles, yet at the same time closely interwoven. The architecture, although given in this specific instance “just as an example”, manifests a significant part of the concept’s message; ultimately, the full name of the project features the task of “forming an architectural and town planning image of the well-distributed tourist and recreational cluster”.

Yet the architecture here is a living and breathing being; it charges you with extra drive. You find yourself admiring it in spite of yourself, not just like illustration but as pure form. You can even easily visualize that the task of the architectural form in this concept is not only to illustrate a whole number of healthy, logical, and coherent urbanist ideas, but also fill the discourse with energy, and leave no chance to despondency, creating a strong basis and a sturdy background for further growth.

04 December 2019

Julia Tarabarina

Written by:

Julia Tarabarina
Translated by:
Anton Mizonov
Headlines now
The Chinese Symphony
The construction of the Chinese center “Huaming Park” has been a long story that came to fruition relatively recently. The building is adjacent to a traditional Chinese garden, but it is very modern, laconic and technological, and the simple-in-form, yet spectacular, white lamellae promise to someday be incorporated as a media facade. This complex is also truly multifunctional: it contains different types of living spaces, offices, a large fitness center, conference halls and restaurants – all wrapped in one volume. You can comfortably hold international forums in it, having everything you may possibly need at your fingertips, and going outside only to take a walk. In this article, we are examining this complex in detail.
Ensemble of Individualities
Construction of the first phase of the INDY Towers multifunctional complex on Kuusinen Street, designed by Ostozhenka, has started. The project opens new angles of similarity between the column and the skyscraper, and we examine the nuances and parallels.
Black and Red
Kazakov Grand Loft received its name for a reason: responding to the client’s brief and proceeding from the historical industrial architecture of its immediate surroundings, Valery Kanyashin and Ostozhenka architects proposed a new version of a modern house designed in the fashionable “loft” style. What makes this building different is the fact that the bricks here are dark gray, and the facades of the romantic “fortress” towers blossom with magnificent glazing of the windows in the upper part. The main highlight of the complex, however, is the multiple open air terraces situated on different levels.
Icy Hospitality
Mezonproject has won the national architectural and town planning competition for designing a hotel and a water recreation center in the city of Irkutsk. The architects chose hummocks of Baikal ice as a visual image.
The Mastery of Counterpoint
In the sculpture of Classical Greece, counterpoint was first invented: the ability to position the human body as if it were about to take a step, imbuing it with a hint of the energy of future movement, and with hidden dynamics. For architecture, especially in the 20th century and now, this is also one of the main techniques, and the ATRIUM architects implement it diligently, consistently – and always slightly differently. The new residential complex “Richard” is a good example of such exploration, based on the understanding of contrasts in the urban environment, which was fused into the semblance of a living being.
Countryside Avant-Garde
The project of the museum of Aleksey Gastev, the ideologist of scientific organization of work, located in his hometown of Suzdal, is inscribed in multiple contexts: the contest of a small town, the context of avant-garde design, the context of “lean production”, and the context of the creative quest of Nikolai Lyzlov’s minimalist architecture – and it seems to us that this project even reveals a distant memory of the fact that Aleksey Gastev learned his craft in France.
On the Hills
In the project by Studio 44, the “distributed” IT campus of Nizhny Novgorod is based on well-balanced contracts. Sometimes it is hovering, sometimes undulating, sometimes towering over a rock. For every task, the architects found appropriate form and logic: the hotels are based on a square module, the academic buildings are based on a “flying” one, and so on. Modernist prototypes, specifically, Convent Sainte-Marie de La Tourette, stand next to references to the antique Forum and the tower of a medieval university – as well as next to contextual allusions that help inscribe the buildings of the future campus into the landscape of the city hills with their dominants, high slopes, breathtaking river views, the historical city center, and the Nizhny Novgorod University.
The Magic Carpet
The anniversary exhibition of Totan Kuzembaev’s drawings named “Event Horizons” shows both very old drawings made by the architect in the formative 1980’s, and now extracted from the Museum of Architecture, as well as quite a few pictures from the “Weightlessness” series that Totan Kuzembaev drew specifically for this exhibition in 2023. It seemed to us that the architect represented reality from the point of view of someone levitating in space, and sometimes even upside down, like a magic carpet with multiple layers.
​A Copper Step
Block 5, designed by ASADOV architects as part of the “Ostrov” (“Island”) housing complex, is at the same time grand-scale, conspicuous thanks to its central location – and contextual. It does not “outshout” the solutions used in the neighboring buildings, but rather gives a very balanced implementation of the design code: combining brick and metal in light and dark shades and large copper surfaces, orthogonal geometry on the outside and flexible lines in the courtyard.
The Light for the Island
For the first time around, we are examining a lighting project designed for a housing complex; but then again, the authors of the nighttime lighting of the Ostrov housing complex, UNK lighting, proudly admit that this project is not just the largest in their portfolio, but also the largest in this country. They describe their approach as a European one, its chief principles being smoothness of transitions, comfort to the eye, and the concentration of most of the light at the “bottom” level – meaning, it “works” first of all for pedestrians.
Spots of Light
A new housing complex in Tyumen designed by Aukett Swanke is a very eye-pleasing example of mid-rise construction: using simple means of architectural expression, such as stucco, pitched roofs, and height changes, the architects achieve a “human-friendly” environment, which becomes a significant addition to the nearby park and forest.
Ledges and Swirls
The housing complex “Novaya Zarya” (“New Dawn”) designed by ASADOV Architects will become one of the examples of integrated land development in Vladivostok. The residential area will be characterized by various typologies of its housing sections, and a multitude of functions – in addition to the social infrastructure, the complex will include pedestrian promenades, shopping malls, office buildings, and recreational facilities. The complex is “inscribed” in a relief with a whopping 40-meter height difference, and overlooks the Amur Bay.
Agglomeration on an Island
Recently, an approval came for the master plan of the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk agglomeration, which was developed by a consortium headed by the Genplan Institute of Moscow. The document provides for the creation of 12 clusters, the totality of which will give the region a qualitative leap in development and make the island more self-sufficient, more accessible, and less dependent on the mainland. We are inviting you to examine the details.
Ivan Grekov: “A client that wants to make a building that is “about architecture” is...
In this article, we are talking to Ivan Grekov, the leader of the architectural company KAMEN (translates as “stone”), the author of many high-profile projects that have been built in Moscow in the recent years, about the history of his company, about different approaches to form making, about different meanings of volume and facade, and about “layers” in working with the environment – at the example of two projects by Osnova Group. These are the MIRAPOLIS complex on the Mira Avenue in Rostokino, whose construction began at the end of last year, and the multifunctional complex in the 2nd Silikatny Proezd on the Zvenigorodsky Highway; recently, it received all the required approvals.
Grasping and Formulating
The special project “Tezisy” (“Abstracts”), showcased at Arch Moscow exhibition in Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor, brought together eight young “rock stars of architecture”, the headliner being Vladislav Kirpichev, founder of the EDAS school. In this article, we share our impressions of the installations and the perspectives of the new generation of architects.
The White Tulip
Currently, there are two relevant projects for the Great Cathedral Mosque in Kazan, which was transferred to a land site in Admiralteiskaya Sloboda in February. One of them, designed by TsLP, was recently showcased at Arch Moscow. In this article, we are covering another project, which was proposed during the same period for the same land site. Its author is Aleksey Ginzburg, the winner of the 2022 competition, but now the project is completely different. Today, it is a sculptural “flower” dome symbolizing a white tulip.
ATRIUM’s Metaverse
The architectural company ATRIUM opened a gallery of its own in a metaverse. Inside, one can examine the company’s approach and main achievements, as well as get some emotional experience. The gallery is already hosting cyberspace business meetings and corporate events.
​From Darkness to Light
Responding to a lengthy list of limitations and a lengthy – by the standards of a small building – list of functions, Vladimir Plotkin turned the project of the Novodevichy Monastery into a light, yet dynamic statement of modern interpretation of historical context, or, perhaps, even interpretation of light and darkness.
Modernism in Avant-Garde
The contest proposal that Studio 44 made for the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theater is bright in all senses, and in many ways even provocative – just like a modern theater performance should be. Being in context with modern culture, it even shocks you in some respects. At first, you are amazed at the red color that is present all around, and then you gradually make sense of the picturesque congregation of volumes that share a multitude of functions. And it’s only later that you realize that this conglomerate conceals a modernist building, most of which the architects save intact.
The Black Mountain
The project of reconstructing the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet theater developed by Wowhaus, which won the competition, proposed a total demolition and new construction, as well as considerable expansion (up to 8 floors) – and transformable multifunctional spaces. The new project, however, does retain the recognizable elements and the image of the old theater. As for the main spectator hall, it is turned – figuratively speaking, of course – into a semblance of a black volcano.
Recently, Moscow saw the presentation of a project by Yuri Grigoryan, devoted to turning the truck garage on Novoryazanskaya Street, designed by Konstantin Melnikov, into the Museum of Moscow Transport. The project involves restoring the monument of architecture, adding a new underground floor and a new entrance, as well as a whole park. The implementation is already underway.
Houses by the Lakeside
Approvals came for the project of a housing complex that DNK ag designed in Kazan. The complex is low-rise; its sections are designed as separate volumes united by a common podium. Everything is very much like DNK: delicate and sometimes even lyrical, especially where the yard meets the lakeshore.
Exemplary Adaptation
In Novosibirsk, the construction of a school has been completed, whose project is standing every chance to set a new standard for the nation’s educational institutions. SVESMI Architects and Brusnika company started by developing the brief that would answer the modern teaching practices, and then they proposed the optimum plan, versatile classrooms, and reserved, yet expressive, image in the spirit of this Amsterdam alliance.
Terra Incognita
An 800-room hotel complex, designed by Ginzburg Architects, offers the seaside city of Anapa a fragment of well-organized urban environment that keeps up the cultural spirit of the place. The architects break away from traditional white facades, turning to the antique and even archaic periods of the history of this land, and drawing inspiration in the color of red clay and simple, yet lightweight, shapes.
In Plumage Colors
Working on the facades of a mid-rise residential area in Odintsovsky district, GENPRO architects “adjusted” a number of features of the volumetric composition, which they received without the right to make any changes to, by purely “decorative” means, such as ornamental brickwork, including glazed bricks and the rhythm of the windows. Interestingly, the starting point in the search for the color code was the plumage of birds that are found in the Moscow region.
Julius Borisov: “The “Island” housing complex is a unique project – we took it on with...
One of the largest housing projects of today’s Moscow – the “Ostrov” (“Island”) housing complex built by Donstroy – is now being actively built in the Mnevniky Floodplain. They are planning to build about 1.5M square meters of housing on an area of almost 40 hectares. We are beginning to examine this project– first of all, we are talking to Julius Borisov, the head of the architectural company UNK, which works with most of the residential blocks in this grand-scale project, as well as with the landscaping part; the company even proposed a single design code for the entire territory.
A Balanced Solution
The residential complex “Balance” on Moscow’s Ryazansky Prospekt is one of the large-scale, and relatively economical (again, by Moscow standards) housing projects. Its first phase has already been built and landscaped; the work on the others is in progress. Nevertheless, it has an integral internal logic, which is based on the balance of functions, height, and even image and space composition. The proposed solutions are recognizable and laconic, so that each of them was reduced by the authors to a graphic “logo”. To see everything, you have to flip through the pages and look through to the end.
Horror Vacui
In the city of Omsk, ASADOV architects took on a very challenging task: they are developing a concept of a public and residential complex, which involves reconstructing the city’s first thermal power station standing right next to Omsk’s first fortress. This territory has already seen a lot of projects designed for it, and the residential function of this land site has been the subject of heated debate. In this article, we are examining the project in question, aimed at developing a mid-scale city fabric suited for the historical center. We also examine the above-mentioned debate. Seriously, will this project save this place or will it bring it to ruin?
A Multi-Faced Grotto
This building, seemingly small, unremarkable, semi-ruined, and not even very ancient – the Grotto in the Bauman Garden – was restored by the “People’s Architect” architectural company with all the care applicable to a heritage monument. They preserved the romantic appeal of the ruins, added multimedia content, and explored the cascading fountain, which, as it turned out, was completely preserved. Brace yourself for a long story!