Community-based complex in Moscow is a winning design

December 10, 2021 by  
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UNStudio won its submission for 31 Krzhizhanovskogo Street that marries cultural relevance with modern amenities. The competition was by Citymakers for project developer Glavstroy for a residential complex in Moscow that incorporates the heritage of the region. The community-focused architectural concept is designed for 31 Krzhizhanovskogo Street (K31 Courtyard). It uses architectural elements to create natural gathering spaces. Formerly an industrial area, the city approved a new masterplan in 2012, resulting in a rapid increase of residential housing in the area. Related: Jade brings green space and passive design to Kuwait Although this means the area is benefitting from a modern brushstroke, UNStudio placed an emphasis on historical elements. This could be seen in the brick and black metal exterior on the podium façade that resembles other buildings in the area, while speaking to the industrial elements of the region’s past. Other portions of the building impart a translucence with expansive windows that allow the upper levels to blend into the sky, rather than creating a blockade. “The inner façade of the courtyard employs a similar lightness to the tower volumes, with natural wood creating a strong connection to the green, tree-planted courtyard and a warm and comfortable atmosphere for the residents,” said UNStudio. In addition to multi-use housing, the complex includes a kindergarten, fitness center, commercial spaces, underground parking and a park in the courtyard. These components address the modern challenges of creating sustainable communities in a Megalopolis. Similarly, building up instead of across provides more housing with minimal site impact .  K31 Courtyard hopes to stand as an example for future developments that are similarly aimed at a residents-first approach. In addition to the courtyard, landing pads on each level provide gathering spaces indoors and outdoors, along with areas for greenhouses, plants and urban gardens. The placement of the towers around the courtyard and the stepped terraces were designed to provide maximum views and natural light to the interior of the apartments. The apartments themselves offer a variety of styles to suit the needs of small or large families. This is a central element in the concept of making the complex a neighborhood within itself that is also centrally-located and adjacent to pedestrian routes nearby. + UNStudio Images via MARTA Pictures & ZOA 3D

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Inhabitat’s top original photos of 2014

December 31, 2014 by  
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  Here at Inhabitat, we’re fortunate enough to be able to write about some truly spectacular topics, and occasionally we also have the opportunity to travel around and take great photos to share as well! When we visit new cities, we might drop by a newly built passive home  to snap some pictures, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to attend the opening of a new park . Our writers have taken pictures of Baltimore’s solar-powered water wheel , a bunker-style home in San Francisco, and even got a sneak peek at Toyota’s new Urban Utility Vehicle . One of the most powerful experiences we had this past year was being present at the 400,000-people-strong climate march in Manhattan ; the biggest in history so far! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the photos we’ve taken to share with you: please vote for your favorite below and let us know which gallery you liked best! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 photos , Art , art galleries , art gallery , art installation , art-related stories , best gallery photos , best of inhabitat , best original pictures , best photo posts , best stories of 2014 , gallery installations , gallery photos , inhabitat photo stories , inhabitat readers choice winners , original Inhabitat pictures , original photos , original pictures , photo , photo gallery , photography 2014 , photography posts of 2014 , Photos , photos of 2014 , picture , pictures , Top 6 Inhabitat photo stories of 2014 , top 6 photo gallery posts , top photo posts , top photo stories of 2014 , top picture stories

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Bridgestone Keeps Tires out of the Landfill

May 15, 2012 by  
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You’ve seen the pictures and headlines: Tire dumps go up in flames, releasing toxic chemicals into the air while creating an environmental and aesthetic eyesore. Bridgestone has seen the problem play out again and again, and that’s why they’re in…

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VERGE DC in photos

March 19, 2012 by  
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More than 300 leaders from a wide spectrum of industries and professions gathered in Washington, DC on March 14-16 to participate in VERGE DC. Over the course of the three day event, they explored new ideas, and compelling presentations on the converging world of energy, information, vehicles and buildings (VERGE). Here are some of the pictures from the event.

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Day Two: Photos from VERGE DC

March 15, 2012 by  
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Day Two of VERGE DC dove deep into the converging worlds of energy, information, buildings and vehicles. Here are some of the pictures from the event.

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Day One: Photos from VERGE DC

March 14, 2012 by  
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Day one of the VERGE DC was filled with conversation, insights, and ideas about the converging world of energy, information, vehicles, and buildings. Here are some of the pictures from the event.

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The Week in Pictures: Cloud Travel, a Vertical Forest in Milan, and More (Slideshow)

October 21, 2011 by  
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Image: TreeHugger We talk a lot about low-impact transportation on TreeHugger, from bikes to electric cars to high speed rail. But this is definitely the first time we’ve talked about traveling on a floating cloud. We also have a building in Milan that’s a “vertical forest,” iMacs made into aquariums, a designer that built a dome house out of farm parts for his mother, a photo montage that reinterprets the American road trip, and more in our roundup of the best images on TreeHugger this week.

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The Week in Animals News: Mass Animal Escape, Sweaters for Penguins, and More (Slideshow)

October 21, 2011 by  
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Image: TreeHugger Residents of Muskingum County in Ohio got quite a shock this week after dozens of exotic animals broke free from an area wildlife farm and took to the streets and highways. We also have a project dedicated to knitting sweaters for penguins threatened by the New Zealand oil spill, Siberian tigers and Arctic seals suffering from disease, camels killed to cut carbon, an adorable baby gorilla saved from poachers, and more in the Week in Animal News.

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Photos from the Innovation Forum

October 19, 2011 by  
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Over two and a half days, we packed a lot of learning, collaborating, networking and (of course) innovating into the 2011 GreenBiz Innovation Forum. Here are some of the pictures from the event.

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The Week in Pictures: Solar London Bridge, Translucent ‘Chicken Chapel,’ and More (Slideshow)

October 7, 2011 by  
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Image: TreeHugger London has announced grand plans to build the world’s largest solar bridge, which will generate 900,000 kilowatts of electricity every year and provide nearly 50 percent of the energy needed to power the central London railway terminus Blackfriars station. We also have a translucent chicken coop, a bamboo scooter, caramelized onion and gouda cheese quiche, and more in our roundup of the best images on TreeHugger this week.

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