A new housing complex in the Tushino district of Moscow

A new housing complex in the Tushino district of Moscow

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Steven Holl Architects has won an international competition to design a new housing complex in the Tushino district of Moscow. The design scheme will feature several “parachute spiroids” on the facade of buildings in response to the historic site, which was home of a flying and parachuting school remaining from the 20th Century. 

Beating top international architecture firms including Fuksas Architecture, Zaha Hadid Architects, Mad Global, and Tsimalo, Lyashenko & Partners, the new housing complex, called Tushino Housing, will be composed of various program functions, including a new mixed-use center filled with housing, social spaces, a kindergarten and an elementary school on a former paratrooper airfield. Dubbed as “Parachute Hybrids”, the project is described as “a new building typology”, which combines residential bar and slab structures with supplemental programming suspended in sections above, like parachutes frozen in the sky. (As it can be seen from Holl’s initial sketches, the architect proposes large circular openings in the towers’ facades to give a defining geometric character and express health and social spaces). 

The project is developed by Vi Holding and the company has stressed the importance of a comfortable living environment for the project, incorporating rich infrastructure and education spaces into the programming.  The housing complex will also contain amenities such as health spas, pools, cafés and lounge.  Tushino will have a mix of housing types and will provide homes for all economic brackets. Apartments will be enclosed in a thin section facade of operable glass that will help insulate the buildings in winter and create open balconies for every apartment in warmer months. Eco-corridors, undisturbed by automotive traffic, run through the site and connect to the Moscow River.

The studio is planning to complete the first phase of drawings on March 15, 2018.