Moscow housing upgrade: Face of Renovation

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Moscow Housing Upgrade Competition

29 July 2021

Design: Petitdidierprioux Architectes in partnership with Highlight

Location: Moscow, Russia

Moscow housing upgrade: Face of Renovation

Renderings © Petitdidierprioux

Moscow Housing Renewal

Petitdidierprioux Architectes in partnership with Highlight has won two lots of The Face of Renovation competition under the framework of the upgrading program of the housing stock in Moscow.

Of the 31 sites launched simultaneously during the competition, these two alone represent nearly 600 ha, with approximately 3 million m² to build, or the equivalent of 60,000 units of housing.

Moscow housing upgrade: Face of Renovation

The Face of Renovation

The Face of Renovation is an international architecture competition aiming to provide urban and morphological solutions and to redefine an aesthetic of the built environment and public spaces under the framework of the program to upgrade Moscow’s housing stock. Given its breadth, it can be considered as one of the largest competitions of recent decades, because it covers almost all the districts of the city of Moscow.

Lots 12 and 23 on Moscow’s periphery ; Moscow understood as a mosaic:
Moscow city plan mosaic Russia

As part of the extension of the renovation of housing stock program initiated 4 years ago by the municipality of Moscow, the decision was taken to launch an international competition aiming to create quality urban environments while also improving the quality of life in the peripheral districts of the capital.

Moscow housing upgrade: Face of Renovation

Taking on such a vast program and providing a relevant answer

Petitdidierprioux Architectes and Highlight envisage the map of Moscow as a mosaic comprised of a historic hub surrounded by diverse urban fabrics: residential districts, green spaces, former industrial zones, etc. Thus, the team of architects proposes to include these different sections of the city in a coherent urban master plan and to make them as attractive as the city center. By following this principle, districts sharing a number of common points in terms of missed functional uses but generating a distinct identity were proposed. Each possesses its own subtly varied range of ambiances and atmospheres, a source of surprise and harmony. The approach consisted of implementing a structured, generous and open architecture, highlighting public spaces while encouraging their appropriation by Muscovites.

Urban typologies

The team designed a range of architectural combinations allowing for a specific answer in each urban situation (proximity to infrastructure, a green space, a heritage element, etc.). Thus, a coherent urban language was created, composed of ten types, which, combined with each other or differentiated by material qualities or a specific color, offer infinite urban variations.

Moscow housing upgrade: Face of Renovation

The established urban system is composed of ten typologies, common to lots 12 and 23:
Moscow housing urban system typologies

These different architectural combinations make it possible to devise an answer for each urban situation: blocks far removed from main thoroughfares, lively shopping districts, open districts with planted parkways, independent towers, blocks facing the boulevard, districts standing along little streets, closed districts with height restrictions, buildings overlooking parks, tours standing inside a block and towers overlooking highways.

Definition of a system

Moscow housing urban typology design Russia

Thus, each typology is defined by three basic characteristics: its type of perforation of façades (horizontality, verticality or piercing), its choice of material (brick, plaster or metal) and its color range, guided by the context of the district.

From these three main elements emerge combinations or variations making it possible to either express the monumentality of the most structuring buildings, or to search for a fragmented approach aiming to recreate an urban fabric at the human scale, and to do so according to the urban context.

Type 3, open districts with planted parkways:
Moscow Housing Upgrade design by Petitdidierprioux Architectes and Highlight

Type 2, lively shopping districts:
Moscow Housing Upgrade design by Petitdidierprioux Architectes and Highlight

Type 5, blocks facing the boulevard:
Moscow Housing Upgrade design by Petitdidierprioux Architectes and Highlight

Type 3, open districts with planted parkways:
Moscow Housing Upgrade design by Petitdidierprioux Architectes and Highlight

Finally, specific and careful attention is paid to the relation to the ground in order to anchor the buildings in their environment and to make it possible to create clear and enhancing pathways and sequences. Sidewalks, forecourts and garden squares accompany the built environment and double-height lobbies form a shared base and the design of ground floors encourages the appropriation of the different spaces.

Moscow housing upgrade, Russia – Building Information

Developer: Moscow Government
Mission: Space and stylistic concept of house fronts

Site: 261,94 ha (lot 12) — 331,15 ha (lot 23)
Area: 1 706 564 m² (lot 12) — 1 347 550 m² (lot 23)

77 housings units, 31 500 apartments (lot 12)
119 housing units, 30 000 apartments (lot 23)

R+12 à R+33 (lot 12)
R+7 à R+23 (lot 23)

Petitdidierprioux Architectes
47 rue Popincourt, 75011 Paris
T. +33 (0)1 58 30 53 53
[email protected]

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