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JTP team wins role on new eco-district for Russian city

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A multidisciplinary super team featuring London-based practice JTP has won a competition to masterplan a 760ha sustainable urban expansion of a city in south-west Russia

The consortium – also including XTU Architects and OXO Architects from France, Belgium’s Terra Scape, local practice Architectural Landing Force and global property consultants Knight Frank – will oversee the development of Kazan, the regional capital of Tatarstan.

A jury led by Republic of Tatarstan president Rustam Minnikhanov chose the winning concept from three finalists selected from more than 47 entrants to the open contest organised by Moscow-based Center Agency for Strategic Development.

The JTP team’s Ecopolis Two Forests scheme features green fingers across the eco-district, united by a long park and a green ring.

The concept includes active clusters with dense buildings; clearings containing less dense development; and public spaces with playgrounds and meeting areas.

Winning designs by international team featuring London's JTP for eco district in Kazan, Russia

Winning designs by international team featuring London’s JTP for eco district in Kazan, Russia

Winning designs by international team featuring London’s JTP for eco district in Kazan, Russia

Kazan’s mayor, Ilsur Metshin, said: ‘The competition featured the world’s best architectural and design players, who fought for the right to reach the final. This has enriched us all – we really did see completely new approaches to design, or at least unusual for Russia.

‘This is a large territory, and there is enough of everything: both land, and scale, as well as the desire to see the eco-district of tomorrow. This is a completely new way of life and completely new requirements for design and construction. And we have seen what Kazan will be like tomorrow. As mayor, I am overwhelmed by feelings of pride and joy that we have reached such a level of design.’

The runners-up also featured a London firm – LDA Design – in partnership with Russia’s Asadov and Architectural Studio as well as UK outfit Bioregional Consulting and KPMG Russia.

A Russian-Dutch consortium came in third, led by Buromoscow working with NL Architects and Okra from the Netherlands.

The winning consortium received 5 million rubles (£56,500).

The scheme will take place on the former artillery base in Kazan’s Kirov district. This area was last year transferred to the Republican Support Fund by Minnikhanov to support depositors of Tatarstan banks affected by the bankruptcy of credit institutions.

Winning designs by international team featuring London's JTP for eco district in Kazan, Russia

Winning designs by international team featuring London’s JTP for eco district in Kazan, Russia

Winning designs by international team featuring London’s JTP for eco district in Kazan, Russia

 

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