Third Russian Youth Architecture Biennale Design Competition, Architectural Contest Winners News 2022
Third Russian Youth Architecture Biennale Winners
12 April 2022
‘Workspace of the Future’
Winners And Runners-up Of The Third Russian Youth Architecture Biennale Announced
At the jury meeting for the selecting the winner, chaired by the curator of the Biennale, Sergei Tchoban, 30 competitive proposals from finalists from around the world were considered.
The theme of the Third Biennale is “The Workspace of the Future”. According to the general philosophy of the new working space, the finalists needed to take into account innovative trends and realities of the COVID-19 era in their bids.
The winner (gold prize) was Katarsis Ab (St. Petersburg).
Second place (silver prize) went to .ket + Darya Gridina (Moscow).
Third place (bronze prize) was taken by SKNYPL + Vladislav Kapustin (Moscow).
Sergei Tchoban, curator of the Third Russian Youth Architecture Biennale:
«In November 2021, selection of the winners of the Third Russian Youth Architecture Biennale was completed. I am grateful to the members of the international jury for their coordinated and efficient work. The winning projects showed unconventional thinking and the huge potential of young architects, against a background of a very high level of all participants. I am grateful to everyone, first of all, for their confidence in the Biennale. We were extremely honest and principled in our selection. Thank you winners and participants for your great works and talent!».
The winner’s concept implies that the office space of the future is interpreted as part of a diverse, interesting and vibrant urban environment. The new development on the site is organized in such a way as to create a system of cellular intra-block spaces. From the side of Kamala Street, a small piazza with a fountain – the symbol of the quarter – is formed by two three-storey buildings connected by galleries and a detached building on the south-western border of the site. The second and third floors are occupied by apartments, and the first floors of all buildings are cafes and restaurants with access to the galleries.
According to the concept’s authors, the existing building is structurally preserved, with changes in the planning and facade logic. The site will be transformed into a center that combines a closed business function, a social and educational cluster, and commercial space, mainly consisting of restaurants.
The concept’s authors considered it important to take into account the neighboring plot as a significant part of the overall urban situation. Here, construction of a children’s center in the medrese is possible.
Special mention by the jury was given to individual participant Viktoria Khokhlova (Tyumen), and the TOBE Architects collective (St. Petersburg).
A special prize from the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation was awarded to Statika (Moscow).
The special DOM.RF prize was awarded to the Studio Tiarch (Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Kazan).
620 projects from 16 countries and 92 cities took part in the selection round. The Biennale’s Board of Directors received applications from young (up to 35 years of age) Russian-speaking architects from Russia, CIS countries, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and the Middle East. Geographical coverage of the participants increased by more than a third compared to the previous competition. 30 applications were selected for the final.
Aleksandr Alyaev, gold prize winner of the Second Russian Youth Architecture Biennale, member of the Jury of the Third Russian Youth Architecture Biennale:
«It is important to note that the general level of work this year was very high. It was really hard for us to choose the winner. There were several different approaches from the participants themselves. Some of them were very specific, realistic, implementable, simple and clear projects which formed the core of the works. Some participants presented conceptual projects. That’s why it was a very difficult to make a selection. I would have liked to get more conceptual projects. Obviously, it is possible to observe a certain degree of abstractness and breadth of gesture, while making all these solutions realizable in principle. It seemed to me we highlighted just such projects in the end. I would like to say a big thank you to the organizers and all jury members for their work».
The Board of Directors of the Biennale decided to hold the Award Ceremony by correspondence in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The founders of the Biennial are the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation, with the support of DOM.RF.
The organizer of the Biennial is the «Institute of Development of Cities of the Republic of Tatarstan foundation».
The director of the Third Russian Youth Architecture Biennale is aide to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Natalia Fishman-Bekmambetova.
The operator of the Biennale is International Urban Laboratory «CENTER Lab».
The First Russian Youth Architecture Biennale was held in Innopolis on October 12–14, 2017. As part of the qualifying round, 377 participants applied, 29 of whom went to the final. They had to develop a project for a multifunctional quarter, limited to 4 streets with a free layout. The gold prize went to CITIZENSTUDIO Architecture Group (Moscow), the silver prize to Nadezhda Koreneva (Moscow), and the bronze prize to Oleg Manov (St. Petersburg).
The Second Russian Youth Architecture Biennale was held at Innopolis on October 24–26, 2019. 739 participants from 6 countries and 53 cities applied in the qualifying stage. The theme of the year was the second life of industrial spaces.
Young architects developed projects to revive the territories of the Santekhpribor plant and the port elevator. Of the 30 finalists, 4 received the top prizes: for the Territory of the Santekhpribor factory, the gold prize went to Aleksandr Alyayev (Moscow), and the silver prize to KB 11 bureau (Ufa). For the Port Grain Elevator, the gold prize was awarded to the project from Leto Architects (Moscow), and the silver prize went to the project from Megabudka Bureau (Moscow).
Third Russian Youth Architecture Biennale images / information received 120422 from the Cities Development Institute of the Republic of Tatarstan Foundation
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