COMMON GROUND /
A MIXED USE COMMUNITY

International Competition of Standard Residential Development
Minister of Construction Industry, Government of the Russian Federation

Common Ground, a project proposed for the Russian Minister of Housing and Construction in 2018, was conceived as a mixed-use quarter based on a flexible organization residential, commercial and work environments and the hybridization of individual and shared spaces, floating in a seamless natural environment, connecting urban, public and private environments.

The overriding urban planning is based on the ideas put forward in 1898 by Ebenezer Howard  in his ‘To-morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform’, which was reprinted in 1902 with the title ‘Garden Cities of Tomorrow’.  These planning ideas are augmented with a closed systems-based Architecture which relies on the use of environmental phenomenon and natural elements to increase bio-diversity and heat and cool the buildings.

New Sustainability:
“A ‘New Sustainability’ prescribes that in order to protect and nurture the environment, we must look beyond engineering: instead, ‘new sustainability’ proposes to mix urban density and social variety with natural elements to create closed eco-systems. 

Within the Common Ground development, three overriding principles are proposed:
Firstly, densification, secondly, respect and reliance on natural phenomenon and natural systems, and thirdly, the notion of a balanced domestic environment with equal respect for the individual and the common good. 

The Common Ground project fully embraces the idea of creating a standard building typology in keeping with the image of a contemporary Russian culture.
We propose above all a system of hybrid landscapes, conceived of floating ground planes / terrain, or slabs, of varying sizes, heights and  configurations allowing for interplay between openness and privacy that fosters seamless living between inside and outside.
We propose a system which is infinitely flexible, which provides generous domestic environments, which allows for individual dignity and communal well-being, which is transparent, elegant, simple and measured; as such, its architecture reflects the vision and values of the Russia of tomorrow, the Russia of a Common Ground.
Our intention is to enable all occupants of the Common Ground a generous environment, providing them a choice of a variety of conditions to meet each tenant’s needs and provide each unit, courtyard, quarter, and block with a unique identity. 

Location: Russia
Year: 2018
Host: Minister of Construction Industry, Government of the Russia Federation
Size: 4 H.A.

COMMON GROUND /
A MIXED USE COMMUNITY

Common Ground, a project proposed for the Russian Minister of Housing and Construction in 2018, was conceived as a mixed-use quarter based on a flexible organization residential, commercial and work environments and the hybridization of individual and shared spaces, floating in a seamless natural environment, connecting urban, public and private environments.

The overriding urban planning is based on the ideas put forward in 1898 by Ebenezer Howard  in his ‘To-morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform’, which was reprinted in 1902 with the title ‘Garden Cities of Tomorrow’.  These planning ideas are augmented with a closed systems-based Architecture which relies on the use of environmental phenomenon and natural elements to increase bio-diversity and heat and cool the buildings.

New Sustainability:
“A ‘New Sustainability’ prescribes that in order to protect and nurture the environment, we must look beyond engineering: instead, ‘new sustainability’ proposes to mix urban density and social variety with natural elements to create closed eco-systems. 

Within the Common Ground development, three overriding principles are proposed:
Firstly, densification, secondly, respect and reliance on natural phenomenon and natural systems, and thirdly, the notion of a balanced domestic environment with equal respect for the individual and the common good. 

The Common Ground project fully embraces the idea of creating a standard building typology in keeping with the image of a contemporary Russian culture.
We propose above all a system of hybrid landscapes, conceived of floating ground planes / terrain, or slabs, of varying sizes, heights and  configurations allowing for interplay between openness and privacy that fosters seamless living between inside and outside.
We propose a system which is infinitely flexible, which provides generous domestic environments, which allows for individual dignity and communal well-being, which is transparent, elegant, simple and measured; as such, its architecture reflects the vision and values of the Russia of tomorrow, the Russia of a Common Ground.
Our intention is to enable all occupants of the Common Ground a generous environment, providing them a choice of a variety of conditions to meet each tenant’s needs and provide each unit, courtyard, quarter, and block with a unique identity. 

Location: Russia
Year: 2018
Host: Minister of Construction Industry, Government of the Russia Federation
Size: 4 H.A.