Strelka KB has launched an open international ideas contest for affordable housing across Russia
The competition seeks conceptual proposals for new standard urban housing typologies, which could be harnessed by the country to meet its target of rehousing 30 million people by 2025.
The call for ideas, backed by the Russian government and Russia’s Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending (AHML), is divided into three categories covering low-rise, mid-rise and city centre development. Participants must submit four concepts for each category they compete in.
According to the brief: ‘The projected volume of housing development in Russia by 2025 will be about 900 million m². A task of this scale requires the development of high-quality template solutions that will, on the one hand, minimise costs at all stages of the project, including upkeep, and on the other, significantly improve the quality of the residential environment in Russian cities.
‘The project is based on the basic target models of the urban environment that were developed by Strelka KB: low-rise, mid-rise and central. Each of the models developed on the basis of the analysis of the basic scenarios of the daily life of the urban dwellers is formed by a set of parameters assigned to it that determine the functional diversity, volume and spatial characteristics of the environment itself.’
Russia is embarking on a major overhaul of its urban housing stock, which comprises large numbers of prefabricated buildings constructed during the Khrushchev-era (1955-64). Earlier this year Zaha Hadid Architects was among 20 teams shortlisted in a separate contest for a major overhaul of historic housing estates across Moscow.
The competition organiser, Strelka KB, is the consulting arm of Moscow’s Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. Its previous contests include the design of two new subway stations in north-west Moscow and a Nanotechnology Centre at Tel Aviv University.
The latest project aims to reduce costs and speed up the delivery of new homes in urban areas by optimising design and management processes through standard architectural solutions.
Jury member Giovanna Carnevali said: ‘Given the fact that by 2025 the plan is to provide 30 million Russians with new homes, this competition represents an incredible opportunity for the Russian Ministry of Construction and AHML to develop and promote new innovative standard solutions for residential houses based on the target models developed by Strelka KB.’
‘The international vision and expertise of Strelka KB provides this competition with international visibility and will bring together an international community of high-level professionals — both as jury members and as participants.’
Twenty finalist teams, due to be announced in February, will receive around £13,000 each to further develop their proposals over a six week period.
Five winning teams will then receive prizes worth £25,800 each while five runners-up will also receive prizes worth £19,000 each. A further 10 projects will meanwhile receive third prizes of £13,000 each.
The deadline for applications is 6pm local time (GMT+3) on 25 December.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information