- Design Team: Daria Chagina, Viktoria Molokina, Zhanna Beglaryan, Irina Makova
- Collaborators: Moses company
- Clients: Institute for Urban Development of Bashkortostan, Administration of Dyurtyuli municipality
- City: Diurtiuli
- Country: Russia
Text description provided by the architects. Durtuli (“four houses” in translation from the Bashkir) is a small provincial town in the Republic of Bashkortostan. Its history begins with the four families who were the first to set up their houses on fertile land near the Belaya River.
“Open the town” is the project which creates two spaces of open dialogue, preserving the feeling of home in a new urban environment. Lenin Square and the territory of a former beer factory, the old and the new districts of Durtuli, are linked with a green promenade.
“Zerno” area on the factory territory is a new center of youth activity which includes a skate park, a streetball area, and two stages located opposite each other to hold several small events at the same time. The transformer booth is turned into a three-sided art object, co-designed with the community. In the future, a 10x13 meters mural will appear on the wall of the former factory.
The atmosphere of Lenin square, overlooking the river and the old part of the town, has become warm and friendly. An amphitheater and a stage appeared on the natural elevation difference. The paving of the square has a pattern of four houses, which refers to the history of the town.
Two small "open pavilions" for holding various community events are located on both new project territories. The pavilion of “Zerno” area in the house with an open stage for community events, rehearsals, and educational programs. The pavilion on Lenin Square in the house with a coffee shop for public discussions of future town development projects between the administration and the people. Pavilions are the spaces of open dialogue between communities.
The design language chosen reflects city and region identity. The symbol of grain has become the central visual element of new public spaces; it is reflected in the decorative elements of the pavilions.