Skolkovo Residential Area / Arch Group


Skolkovo Innovation Center (‘Russian Silicon Valley’), a high-tech hub to be built at Skolkovo near , , is intended to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. 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 new residential area, including apartment houses and townhouses, designed by Arch Group, is designed for temporary accommodation of the scientific elite shown in the apartment houses while the townhouses feature a multi-layered environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.


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.


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.


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.

apartment houses

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.

apartment houses

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.

apartment houses


The district is located in the park. One main road connects the “island” with other similar areas. This gives the possibility to consider each residential cluster as an energy core, an urban cluster. The principles of organization of the district are similar to the medieval cities of Europe and the Middle East, where over the centuries a complex, three-dimensional urban environment was formed. Each house there has its own character and its own history.

apartment houses

We create a multi-layered environment, with the links between individual houses and terraces. We create a system of picturesque routes and green terraces and consider that all the houses should be different, with various planning solutions, with different terraces and entrances. This is not a typical social housing but a temporary home for creative, active people. Within the area, small squares with trees, fountains or children’s playgrounds are formed. This will give even more individuality to each part of the complex and will help with internal navigation.

apartment houses

All houses are connected by pedestrian promenade paths on the third and fifth levels. From the main road departs a network of internal passages. Many streets and alleys form private courtyards and entrances. On top of all residential units, on the fifth floor, a network of pedestrian alleys is organized. This promenade can be reached by lifts, located in each group of residential units. Upper residential modules are smaller than the lower modules. This allows organizing insulation of all apartments. On the roofs of the houses, there are special nests for swifts, which rid the area of insects in the summer.

Architects: Arch Group
Location: Skolkovo, Moscow, Russia
Team: Michael Krymov, Alexey Goryainov, Alexey Polyakov
Project: Architectural Concept Technopark Residential Area Skolkovo Innovation Center
Apartment Houses Data:
Total area of the island (sq. m.): 38,000
Total building area (sq. m.): 16,200
Total useful area (sq. m.): 34,600
Total area of the main street (sq. m.): 3400
Area of buildings: 116,500
Number of buildings: 12
Average area of apartments (sq. m.): 98
Number of floors: 9
Coefficient of built area: 3,3
Central square on the road (sq. m.): 1500
Total area of green terraces: 7200
Townhouses Data:
Total area of the island (sq. m.): 21,600
The total building area (sq. m.): 7,488
Total useful area (sq. m.): 27,000
Total area of the main street (sq. m.): 2,600
Number of residential units: 255
Average area of a townhouse (sq. m.): 106
Number of floors: 4
Coefficient of built area: 1,21
Total area of greenery planting on the ground floor: 8,600
Total area of green terraces on the 2-rd and 3-th floors: 2,900
Total area of the green walking zone on the roof: 5,500
Total green area (sq. m.): 17,000
Year: 2011

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Skolkovo Residential Area / Arch Group" 02 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • GulliverJ

    I’m in love with this concept. This is exactly the kind of thing we should be moving toward in the future. Expand the area and add in a discrete PRT system and you have the perfect city.

    As a side note: I’m an 18-year-old British student with a complete infatuation with this kind of infrastructural development, but I have no idea what kind of career I should be aiming for. All I ever want to achieve is to improve the quality of living for as many as possible – developing the future, if you will. I’ve considered Architecture, Politics, Engineering, working as an inventor of green products/transportation, but none seem to be quite what I’m aiming for. If anyone reading could point me in the right direction (University courses etc.) I would be greatly appreciative.

    Thank you.

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  • tony

    Lots of birds in Russia..

  • -_-

    mech be2e gher chauffeur Taxi

  • Tosh

    These ideas never succeed simply because people don’t live and think the way the designers of those projects think they do..

    Nobody’s gonna use those elevated routes unless they are shortcuts.

    • Arnon Jordan

      @Tosh: true, it seems like an outdated concept to split the different transportation modes, with elevated pathways. History showed us those designs rarely work, especially if the scale of the project is so big.

  • monitor

    this is a design competition project, which the description doesn’t state. it also doesn’t indicate whether this made the final shortlist for second stage?