‘Parachute Hybrids’ take shape in Moscow

Nick Myall
Wednesday 21 Feb 2018

As well as employing a new building typology ‘Tushino’ will have a mix of housing types, providing homes for all economic brackets

Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with art-group “Kamen”, has won the international design competition for the residential quarters of the Tushino district in Moscow, beating Fuksas Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Mad Global, and Tsimalo, Lyashenko & Partners. The development will provide a new mixed-use center filled with housing, social spaces, a kindergarten and an elementary school on a former paratrooper airfield.

Steven Holl Architects has proposed a new building typology, “Parachute Hybrids,” which combines residential bar and slab structures with supplemental programming suspended in sections above, like parachutes frozen in the sky.

Large circular openings in the towers’ facades give a defining geometric character and express health and social

spaces. The master plan is organized to shape public space with maximum sunlight exposure. The buildings wrap around to create large, public garden and playground spaces as a reference to the site’s former use as a paratrooper air field.

Tushino is located in north-western Moscow along the bank of the Moscow River. For the greater part of the 20th

century, the historic site was home to a flying and parachuting school, including the Central Aero Club of the USSR, and acted as an aviation parade ground. In the early 2000s, city officials proposed turning the uninhabited district into an 200,000 sq m urban center for housing, commerce, offices, entertainment and sports.

“Tushino can be an important urban model for 21st century high density living, shaping public open space,” said

Steven Holl. “The new building type we have proposed here, inspired by the site’s history, is unique to this place.”

Developer Vi Holding has stressed the importance of a comfortable living environment for the project, incorporating rich infrastructure and education spaces into the programming. The new kindergarten and elementary school are designed to stand alone in architecturally distinct buildings that take advantage of natural light and green space. The housing complex will also contain amenities such as health spas, pools, cafés and lounges.

Tushino will have a mix of housing types and will provide homes for all economic brackets. Steven Holl Architects is committed to long-term, sustainable design in every project. The design of the Tushino housing project utilizes green roofs, solar pergolas, daylighting, rainwater recycling, and geothermal heating and cooling. Apartments will be enclosed in a thin section facade of operable glass that will help insulate the buildings in winter and create open balconies for every apartment in warmer months. Eco corridors, undisturbed by automotive traffic, run through the site and connect to the Moscow River.

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The first phase of drawings are to be completed March 15, 2018

Nick Myall

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