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"Random" Project: A101 Urban Block Competition / za bor architects

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Courtesy of za bor architects

The “Random” project by za bor architects is a proposal for a typical housing block in Moscow, Russia for the A101: Urban Block Competition. The buildings forming a typical neighborhood can be united in various combinations – a significant number of variations can be created with the use of a limited quantity of blocks. Read on for more information on this project.

Thus, it makes the project truly typical, affordable and multi–functional on the one hand and on the other hand it avoids dull and ordinary architectural solutions that are common for residential districts. This allows each neighborhood to develop individually according to its needs. This solution offers new opportunities for perfecting of low-cost but high quality municipal buildings technologies and also enables the solution of the issue of typical building aesthetics.

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Courtesy of za bor architects

A basis for the design is traditional architecture of European towns—modest human-scale houses built close to each other. Four-storey buildings are placed around the periphery of the building site consisting of separate modular units. It can be modified by means of random selection approach arrangement: three types of space concept, three finishing colors, and three window types provide many combinations for adaptation.

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Courtesy of za bor architects

Such usage of separate units enables to vary neighborhood size. In the case of arranging public spaces or access ramps on the ground floor brickwork areas start from the first storey. The necessary parking spaces are situated in the underground garage, which is placed under the basement courtyard affording inner quarter space being used comfortably. Parking stairways are combined with clear-stories for day-lighting. Architects: za bor architects / Arseniy Borisenko, Peter Zaytsev Location: Moscow Region, Russia Principal Use: residential housing Engineer: za bor architects Materials: reinforced concrete structural framing, foam concrete block, face brick Constructed Area: 14057 sqm Project year: 2010 3D: Peter Zaytsev

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Courtesy of za bor architects
Cite:Irina Vinnitskaya. ""Random" Project: A101 Urban Block Competition / za bor architects" 31 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/123379/random-project-a101-urban-block-competition-za-bor-architects/>