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How a Soviet Governmental Residence, the K-2 Dacha, Became a "Manifestation of the Finnish Dream"

04:00 - 15 March, 2016
How a Soviet Governmental Residence, the K-2 Dacha, Became a "Manifestation of the Finnish Dream", The K-2 Dacha, St. Petersburg. Image © Egor Rogalev
The K-2 Dacha, St. Petersburg. Image © Egor Rogalev

In this article, which originally appeared in the Calvert JournalKsenia Litvinenko narrates the story of the K-2 Dacha – a governmental residence in St. Petersburg which sought to shrug off Russian Classicism and Soviet Modernism in favor of the principles of Finnish Modernism. Illustrated by photographs by Egor Rogalev and researched alongside Vladimir Frolov, this article examines a Modernist gem that you probably won't have heard of, or seen, before.

If you ever find yourself in St. Petersburg, take a taxi along the Pesochnaya embankment, far away from the polished attractions of the city centre. Sit back and watch the landscape changing on the other bank of the Malaya Nevka. Among the trees you will see the former dachas of Russian nobles, private residences of local officials and the buildings of the new elite, overlooking the river. This is the best and perhaps the only perspective from which to see the K-2 dacha.

© Egor Rogalev © Egor Rogalev © Egor Rogalev © Egor Rogalev +13

Moscow's Strelka Institute and the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism Launch a New Course in Advanced Urban Design

04:00 - 4 March, 2016
Strelka Institute, Moscow. Image © Olga Ivanova
Strelka Institute, Moscow. Image © Olga Ivanova

The Moscow-based Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and the HSE Graduate School of Urbanism have launched a new collaborative international Masters programme entitled Advanced Urban Design. The two-year English language program, specifically designed for Bachelors, researchers and young professionals, intends to guide students through best practices in the area of urban planning. Under the guidance of a collection of tutors from Russia and around the world, the course aims to investigate conditions of growing cities by focusing on unstable socioeconomic contexts. 

PERI Foundation Selects Winners of "Space for Future Education" Workshop

06:00 - 3 March, 2016
PERI Foundation Selects Winners of "Space for Future Education" Workshop, Entrance Perspective. Image Courtesy of Space for Education Workshop
Entrance Perspective. Image Courtesy of Space for Education Workshop

The PERI Foundation have announced the winners of their 10-day “Space for Future Education” workshop in Dagestan, Russia. Organized in conjunction with the Moscow School of Architecture, the workshop selected 30 young architects under 30 from a pool of over 100 applicants from around the globe to develop concepts for a new PERI facility, the Perimeter Center for Culture and Education, in historic Makhachkala overlooking the Caspian Sea.

With help from mentors including Yaroslav Kovalchuk, a teacher from the Moscow School of Architecture; Hiroki Matsuura of MASA Architects; and Narine Tyutcheva and Peter Popov from Russia’s Rozhdestvenka Architectural Studio, 8 teams of 3 to 4 architects developed plans for the new building, containing offices, classrooms, conference rooms, coworking space, an innovation lab and a cafe. Read on for a look at each of the 8 projects.

"Greenhouse". Image Courtesy of Space for Education Workshop "Education Hub". Image Courtesy of Space for Education Workshop "Peribox". Image Courtesy of Space for Education Workshop "Intelligent Cloud". Image Courtesy of Space for Education Workshop +12

Sleep and Play / Ruetemple

05:00 - 24 February, 2016
Sleep and Play / Ruetemple, Courtesy of Ruetemple
Courtesy of Ruetemple

Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple Courtesy of Ruetemple +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Alexander Kudimov, Daria Butahina
  • Area

    20.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Ruetemple

Moscow Urban Forum 2016. The Age of Megacities: Exploring Global, National and Local Priorities

08:00 - 23 February, 2016
Moscow Urban Forum 2016. The Age of Megacities: Exploring Global, National and Local Priorities

"The Age of Megacities: Exploring Global, National and Local Priorities" is the name of the Moscow Urban Forum 2016 which will be held on June 30 – July 03, 2016 in Manege Central Exhibition Hall. It is a leading international event devoted to development of megacities, improvement of the quality of life of urban residents in the world, Russia and Moscow.

UNK project Wins Competition for Atomic Energy Pavilion in Moscow

12:00 - 17 February, 2016
UNK project Wins Competition for Atomic Energy Pavilion in Moscow, Courtesy of UNK project
Courtesy of UNK project

Architectural design office UNK project has won a competition to design the Atomic Energy Pavilion in Moscow’s Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH), an area that has been in the process of redevelopment and growth since 2013. The pavilion aims to share the “history of the native nuclear industry” and its “contribution into modern economic development," according to competition organizer ROSATOM.

Of the six competition entries to advance to the final stage, the UNK project design, was the only that “decided not to pursue the literal associations with the atom and atomic energy in the hardware of the pavilion, but rather dispersed it in its software," according to the architects.

Lotus Multifunctional Complex / SPEECH

02:00 - 10 February, 2016
Lotus Multifunctional Complex / SPEECH, © Alexey Naroditskiy
© Alexey Naroditskiy

© Alexey Naroditskiy © Alexey Naroditskiy © MR Group © Alexey Naroditskiy +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Odesskaya ul., 2, Moskva, Russia, 117638
  • Authors

    Sergei Tchoban, Sergey Kuznetsov, Aleksey Iliyn
  • Architects in charge

    A.Borisov, L.Trishkina, G.Chembaeva
  • Area

    152448.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Call for Submissions: Best Office Awards 2016

10:05 - 8 February, 2016
Call for Submissions: Best Office Awards 2016

OfficeNext announced the launch of its 7th annual international competition for best corporate interior projects.

Designs Unveiled for Two New Moscow Metro Stations

08:00 - 6 February, 2016
Designs Unveiled for Two New Moscow Metro Stations, Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB
Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau. Image Courtesy of Strelka KB

Strelka KB has announced two Russia-based design teams, Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau and BuroMoscow, as the winners of the design competition for two Moscow metro stations. The stations, Nizhniye Mnevnik and Terekhovo, are both located to the northwest of the capital. These two new stations, which include designs for an outdoor pavilion, a street underpass, a ticket booth and a street underpass, will extend the Moscow Metro network and are expected to be fully functioning in 2018.

Winners Announced for Competition to Redevelop Two Modern Cinemas in Russia

06:00 - 5 February, 2016
Winners Announced for Competition to Redevelop Two Modern Cinemas in Russia, Varshava / Spektrum Consortium + EMBT + A2OM. Image Courtesy of the Architectural Council of Moscow
Varshava / Spektrum Consortium + EMBT + A2OM. Image Courtesy of the Architectural Council of Moscow

Moscow’s Chief Architect Sergey Kuznetsov has announced the winners of the Open All-Russia Competition for a Concept of Redevelopment of two modernist cinema theaters: Varshava and Voskhod. An initiative of ADG Group, in collaboration with the Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow City, the competition awarded one winner for the Voskhod theater, and two winners for the Varshava theater. The organizer of the competition is the agency for strategic development "CENTER."

WALL Designs New Paveletskaya Transit Hub for Moscow

08:00 - 4 February, 2016
WALL Designs New Paveletskaya Transit Hub for Moscow, Logistics level. View of the inclined part of the square. Image Courtesy of WALL Architectural Bureau
Logistics level. View of the inclined part of the square. Image Courtesy of WALL Architectural Bureau

Over the past 20 years, the urban environment of Moscow's Paveletskaya Central Station has been degrading, suspending potential development of the area. Early in 2015, it was placed on a list of 256 transport hubs to be developed in Moscow, resulting in the Paveletskaya hub –- a proposal by WALL Architectural Bureau to redevelop the train station.

House without Borders / Architectural Studio Chado

19:00 - 26 January, 2016
House without Borders / Architectural Studio Chado, © Inna Kablukov
© Inna Kablukov

© Inna Kablukov © Inna Kablukov © Inna Kablukov © Inna Kablukov +12

Wasp House / Tropical Space

22:00 - 20 January, 2016
Wasp House / Tropical Space, © Quang Dam
© Quang Dam

© Quang Dam © Quang Dam © Quang Dam © Quang Dam +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh 70000, Vietnam
  • Design Team

    Nguyen Hai Long, Tran Thi Ngu Ngon, Nguyen Anh Duc, Trinh Thanh Tu, Nguyen Thi Thuy
  • Area

    73.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Villa Rastorguyevo / Gikalo Kuptsov Architects

05:00 - 9 January, 2016
Villa Rastorguyevo / Gikalo Kuptsov Architects, © Ilya Ivanov
© Ilya Ivanov

© Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov © Ilya Ivanov +50

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • Architect in Charge

    Sergey Gikalo, Alexander Kuptsov, Anton Fedulov
  • Structural engineer

    Sergey Bogoslovskiy
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

UNSTABLE’s P-Cube Illuminates VDNKh Park in Moscow

06:00 - 31 December, 2015
UNSTABLE’s P-Cube Illuminates VDNKh Park in Moscow, Courtesy of Marcos Zotes
Courtesy of Marcos Zotes

Commissioned by the Polytechnic Museum, P-Cube by Marcos Zotes and his studio UNSTABLE is a temporary pavilion at the center of VDNKh Park in MoscowRussia. The project is a nine-meter tall, nine-meter wide cubic structure, that uses a scaffolding system covered in translucent fabric to create an experience that changes with the time of day.

Courtesy of Marcos Zotes Courtesy of Marcos Zotes Courtesy of Marcos Zotes Courtesy of Marcos Zotes +21

KCAP and ORANGE Architects Win St. Petersburg Island Competition

06:00 - 30 December, 2015
KCAP and ORANGE Architects Win St. Petersburg Island Competition , Courtesy of KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects
Courtesy of KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects

A team composed of KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects has been awarded first place in a competition to design the western-most tip of Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 15 hectare site will become a new part of the city of St. Petersburg, extending it into the Gulf of Finland through a new variety of urban functions. Thus, the project symbolizes the “new face of St. Petersburg as an entrance of the city from the water.”

Beauty Parlour / Crosby Studios

02:00 - 25 December, 2015
Beauty Parlour / Crosby Studios, © Gleb Leonov
© Gleb Leonov

© Gleb Leonov © Gleb Leonov © Gleb Leonov © Gleb Leonov +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    per. Sverchkov, 10, Moskva, Russia, 101000
  • Architects in Charge

    Olga Boris, Dmitry Vorontsov
  • Chief Architect

    Harry Nuriev
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Plywood Apartment / Alexey Rozenberg

13:00 - 5 December, 2015
Plywood Apartment  / Alexey Rozenberg, © Victor Chernishev
© Victor Chernishev

© Victor Chernishev © Victor Chernishev © Victor Chernishev © Victor Chernishev +18