An international design competition has been launched for a mixed-use development featuring a concert hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia
Open to students and professionals, the contest seeks conceptual proposals for a 2,500-seat philharmonic venue and a multipurpose indoor public space.
Phased plans for three skyscrapers ranging up to 270 metres high, several apartment blocks under 75 metres tall and two underground car parks are also required.
The contest is backed by metallurgical firm UMMC Holdings which is regenerating the site as part of its ongoing 400,000m² Yekaterinburg-City project.
According to the brief: ‘The mission of the contest is to develop the creative potential of architects, enhance the prestige of the architect profession and to accumulate experience in the development of large-scale projects important both for the city and for the region as a whole.’
Participants must complete a new masterplan for the historic plot – setting out land uses and massing – alongside an architectural concept for the podium structures.
Concepts which consider alternative energy sources, respond to the local climate and aim for LEED Gold accreditation are encouraged.
Financial projections and a range of options for vehicular and pedestrian circulation are also sought.
The nearby Hyatt Hotel and the Werner Sobek-designed Islet Tower – currently under construction within the site’s boundary – should be integrated into proposals.
Various historic structures including the houses of plant breeder DI Kazantsev and Uralian specialist AA Afinogenov must furthermore be conserved in the north-east corner of the plot.
Located on the continental border of Europe and Asia, Yekaterinburg is the fourth-largest city in Russia with 1.3 million inhabitants.
Large numbers of Russian factories and technical facilities were relocated to the city during the Second World War and many remained in the region after the conflict.
Formerly known as Sverdlovsk, the city was earmarked as a reserve capital for the Russian Federation in 1991 by Boris Yeltsin who was born locally.
The winning team – set to be announced in October – will take home around £5,000 with a second-place prize of £3,000 and third-place prize worth £2,000 also available.
The deadline for submissions is 1 September.
How to apply
Boris Yeltsin str., 1a, of. 10.5.
Tel: (343) 35-111-78 (extension 17)