Moscow-based Atrium Studio proposed a series of townhouse-style residences for Skolkovo, Russia’s Silicon Valley, as part of a larger competition presented during the Venice Biennale.

The five structures surround a mixed-use courtyard that sits above a parking garage.

Residents would be professors, students, scientists, and their families, and the whole communal-living concept gives the proposal a friendly, dorm-like vibe.

The grounds are designed to encourage social living.

A view up to the central courtyard from the parking garage below.

The competition offered Russian architects and designers a chance to participate in their country’s development.

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A Grown-Up Dorm For Russia’s Silicon Valley

Moscow-based Atrium Studio envisioned an interconnected complex for the talent at Skolkovo.

Skolkovo--officially, but infrequently, called the Scientific Centre for Development and Commercialization of New Technologies--is billed as Russia’s take on Silicon Valley. The “technopark” on the outskirts of Moscow is structured around a quintet of “clusters” that focus on the following industries: information, biomedical, energy efficiency, nuclear, and space technologies. Earlier this year, a competition was held to imagine community living quarters for Skolkovo employees, and the entries were presented as part of the QR-code wonderland that was the Russian Pavilion at the recent Venice Biennale.

Moscow-based Atrium Studio’s plan revolved around a townhouse-style typology, situating five main green-roofed structures in a circular arrangement flanking a central, multilevel, multi-use courtyard. Each of the 45 apartments is intended to house resident scientists and their families, along with students and professors, while the open-air surrounds are designed to encourage a spirit of communal living--almost like a grown-up, refined dorm experience. Pops of color were included “because we like them,” Atrium’s Maria Fadeeva tells Co.Design, “and we understood that most of residents will be young and energetic.”

The creative experience offered a somewhat rare opportunity for homegrown talent to develop high-profile ideas actionable in their hometown. “Most of the big competitions which take place in our country are looking for foreign stars right from the beginning,” Fadeeva says. “In the previous competition for the master-plan of Skolkovo, Russian practices were not invited at all. So when finally they found a place in this project for natives, it interested us.”

(H/T designboom)

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