Adding a city heart in an urban void
“O7” New City Heart
Location: Odintsovo, Russia
Client: Tekta Group, Moscow
Programme: 180 ha, Masterplan for a new city center, 1.1 mio m2 mixed use program, 175.000 m2 office, 400.000 m2 residential, 175.000 m2 retail, 65.000 m2 education and community uses & leisure, 230.000 m2 R&D
Odintosovo – located at the outskirts of Moscow and currently housing some 250.000 people was founded in the 1960 and to date is lacking a city center. The big void in the middle of the city reserved for a center in the future is currently greatly underutilized.
The design proposes 7 new quarters, each one with its own identity, each one responding to the context found and each one proposing a distinctly different urban setting. A connective tissue of slow movement routes and urban spaces connects all these identities and leads to a center that compares to existing and established centers.
The masterplan allows for a gradual transformation with a minimum of new infrastructure necessary to unlock development potential. An entirely new city quarter will develop around the existing university and will become a new “Ecopolis” – a R&D cluster for sustainable technologies.
Competition 1st Prize
MLA+: Markus Appenzeller, Pinar Bozoglan, Yana Golubeva, Mikhail Stepura, Magdalena Szczypka, Milena Zalkanovic