Village in the Air / Építész Stúdió


Építész Stúdió has shared with us their entry, Village in the Air, for the A101 Bock City Competition in Moscow. Information from the architect as well as additional images after the break.

Courtesy Építész Stúdió


What is the largest human building scale?
A kind of village-feeling: our children are playing in the park, hearing their voice we are looking out of the window and they are able to recognize our face. So we imagined a building with two, three or maximum four levels. Also this is the height where the trees usually grow up to and where the chirping birds still can be heard, so we live close to the nature.

Floor Plans

How can we provide enough green area using this low building height?
Lifting up the building and making a common park on the whole site. Furthermore using the building top as green roof.

Plan / Elevation / Section

How can we split this amount of people to smaller communities?
Articulating by courtyards, which are connected to the neighbors on the park level while providing micro climates like big atriums.

Presentation Board

How can we maximize the flexibility of flats?
Using a really smart invention of nature: the honeycomb structure of hexagons, having the maximal rotation possibility. And making as much double-sided flats as possible.

Presentation Board

Architect: Építész Stúdió
Location: Moscow,
Use: Residences
Site Area: 9,375 m2
Total Floor Area:15,000 m2
Flats: 150
Number of Floors: GF+4

Cite: Jarz, Hank. "Village in the Air / Építész Stúdió" 27 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Mike

    The images are quite nice and atmospheric ..but I’m not sure about the floor plans. Where do people sleep in Flat Type 1, for example?

  • David Klemmer

    The shape of the building reminds me slightly of the Tree Village Campus from Herzog & de Meuron. I like the use of raising and lowering the area for interesting situations below the building-structure.

  • Holcim Awards US

    This is definitely an interesting proposal although it does seem they borrowed some of the ideas from other projects. Still it is a nice design with a great focus on usable green space in an urban environment. This would be an excellent submission to the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

  • All

    It utilizes some nice ideas, which unfortunately are not new, but that’s not the problem. It’s just a very large monotonous structure, a landscape of stacked buildings. The renderings show it all.

  • Baldur

    This is truly a BIG inspiration

  • Gabali

    its a great concept … and its really feels like a Village ..

  • alex

    Im not sure about the view from the windows inside.
    People will just look at each others windows?

  • AKA

    Already done by BIG …

  • niko

    Actually getting tired of the “BIG already did this” comments, have NO architecture students today studied ANY projects built (or in BIG’s case, designed – they don’t build too much) more than 5 years ago? if you want to see this typology, go back to Kenzo Tange or a number of Brutalist architects involved in mass housing projects in the 50s, 60s & 70s. In fact, go to Sheffield and see it for yourself, but hurry up because it’ll probably get demolished soon to make way for Post-Krier Prince’s Trust/Truman Show architecture, for the middle classes…