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"The gardens, the three squares, the fountain…"
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"The gardens, the three squares, the fountain…"
Competitive project for the III Tatarstan Architecture Biennale. Kazan.

1st prize
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Location: Kazan, Russia
Year: 2021

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The theme of the Biennale is "Office space of the future". 
The office space of the future, as we understand it, is part of a diverse, interesting and lively urban environment, saturated to the contrary with different activities, plots and meanings.

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The design site is part of the Old Tatar Sloboda. The project expresses in architectural language what is felt in Kazan and its inhabitants - a deep historical memory, inner freedom and dignity.
It was important for us to refer to the origins of Tatar, Bulgarian culture and history, while remaining within the typical Volga city - charmingly cozy.
Site plan
Сurrent situation
Building of the new quarter is characterized by a rigid axial structure, designed to solve three main objectives: to spatially organize the complex environment of the quarter with mixed, very different functions, to arrange the front of Galiaskar Kamal Street, to provide a full, interesting urban space, corresponding in quality and the richness of the environment with the old city center.
        Public spaces                                                                                                  Underground parking
The new development is built on two main axes, defined by G. Kamal and Moskovskaya Streets. At the intersection of these axes a whole system of internal chamber squares is formed: the small town piazza with a fountain, Bath Square in the heart of the quarter, and Market Square - the agora in front of the existing market building. The squares are connected by pedestrian intra-block boulevards with residential galleries, green gardens, and terraces.
Urban analysis
General plan. I floor
General plan. III floor                                                                                   General plan. Underground floor
Form generation
"The Startup Garden", the center of the block, is a cluster for small projects, bureaus, or workshops. It is a perimeter development consisting of compact three-story volumes - houses that young teams can rent in their entirety. The buildings are organized in such a way as to form small semi-private courtyards - gardens.
From the intra-block boulevards, the gardens create the effect of curdoneras, small green squares, which is emphasized by their picturesque arrangement.
So we keep moving around the green center, between the gardens and the busy galleries.​​​​​​​
  ⠀The Underground Baths complex and Baths Square.
Bath Square is the heart of the block and its main attraction. Underneath the square is the bathing complex - a system of steam rooms and halls with swimming pools, organised on the principle of the Red Chamber, a legendary example of Tatar architecture from the 14th century. The baths are public, divided into man and woman halves with a large common room. The baths have glazed caps that intriguingly glow in the evening and at night. The domes of the baths deform the square, turning it into a plastic, cobbled surface. The planting of large trees in the square is made possible by the height difference. The entrance to the foyer of the bathing complex is provided from a ground pavilion on the square and a lift for disabled visitors is also available.
Ахо
The Red Chamber, 14th century
The Underground Baths complex plan
Interiors
Section I
Galiaskar Kamal and Moskovskaya Streets. Сurrent situation
Galiaskar Kamal and Moskovskaya Streets. Project proposal
Section II
Interior of the reconstructed office center
Elevation along the Moskovskaya street  
Elevation along the Galiaskar Kamal street  
  
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