A new mixed use district
Location: Irkutsk, Russia
Client: Novy Gorod, Irkutsk
Programme: 387 ha Masterplan for a mixed use city extension of Irkutsk for 40.000 inhabitants with housing, community functions and retail
Conveniently located between Irkutsk and Angarsk, Malaya Elanka has a great potential to become an extension to both cities and attract people with an offer that connot be found anywhere else in the region. Unlike the typical Russian microdistrict model with highrise buildings and little programmatic diversity, Malaya Elanka will become a low rise mixed use quarter, ideal for families and those seeking alternatives to the omnipresent apartment slabs.
Malaya Elanka offers different housing typologies that have been weaved together with commercial and community facilities as well as spatious green spaces to form a self-sufficient community and a city extension. The motorway dissecting the site in the middle has been interpreted as a strip mall that at the other side doubles as the commercial center of the development with squares, pedestrian zones and cultural facilties.
Malaya Elanka can be developed in phases. The plan proposed ensures that at any given phase the development functions and results in a place with identity.
For Malaya Elanka a number of housing typologies have been developed that quote the local building traditions such as the use of ornamented wood frames around windows while offering a contemporary living environment and the possibility to develop at higher density.
MLA+: Markus Appenzeller, Pinar Bozoglan, Yana Golubeva, Mikhail Stepura, Magdalena Szczykpa, Marina Vila Reyes