Skolkovo Technopark, District D2 Quartier 6  

Skolkovo, Moscow Region, Russia

Skolkovo Innovation Centre

Project Data:
32,500 sm site area, 45,900 sm building area    
Residential apartments & social infrastructure

Project Description:
Skolkovo Innovation Centre is a strategic initiative endorsed by the Russian government to create a research and innovation hub focused upon diversifying Russia's economy by promoting global innovation in five key areas of focus: IT, Biomedical, Energy Efficiency, Nuclear Science, and Space Technology.  The overall master plan has been developed by France’s AREP, and selected through international competition, whilst the specific districts have detailed master plans prepared by leading international design firms.  District D2 features the Technopark functional ensemble, with a supportive urban organization of housing dispersed amongst nature.  Various housing types are positioned within circles inscribed in the landscape, creating “islands surrounded by forest”.

This proposal focuses on Quarter 6, containing apartment housing blocks and minimal social infrastructure.  The design strategy respects the District master plan, and emphasizes direct connections with the landscape and the District’s adjacent functional Quarters.  A central urban realm is framed by residential blocks and features pavilion buildings containing social infrastructure and public amenities.  The residential blocks respect the master plan’s proposed north/south alignment, but provide an offset occurring at the site’s central serpentine roadway.  Courtyard spaces are defined between buildings, and site circulation includes pedestrian paths parallel with the ribbon buildings, but also features a transverse route through them.  This east/west path follows an arc echoing the site’s circular perimeter, and connects Quarter 6 with the adjacent Cultural Quarter, Quarter 1 and Technopark.

Comprising 45,900 m2 of building, the residential program envisions around 500 units accommodating nearly 1200 people. Dwelling units vary from innovative 1 and 2 room studios, to private multi-bedroom units. Ranging from 30 m2 to 110 m2, apartments are dispersed in various combinations to meet the desired program or unit category leasing strategy and to avoid social segregation.  Dwellings feature extensive daylighting along with accessible continuous balconies, which respond to climate and privacy demands. The terraces can be variously enclosed through sliding glass screen walls integrating a screen print image of forest – furthering an architectural dialogue with nature. 

Seeking LEED Silver certification, the design solution features passive and active strategies to minimize resource consumption during construction, and deliver energy saving performance during the project’s lifetime.  Unique to Skolkovo is the priority to minimize reliance on private automobiles by promoting public circulation, alternative transportation, and natural environment. The opportunity to create an urban environment directly engaged with nature is presented.  An enhanced living environment is created, which is fundamental to attracting future visionaries to the Skolkovo Innovation Centre.

Moscow 3rd Biennale of Architecture, Skolkovo: Innovation City Competition
La Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Architettura 2012 - Common Ground

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Moscow 3rd Biennale of Architecture, Skolkovo: Innovation City Competition
La Biennale di Venezia, Biennale Architettura 2012 - Common Ground