Inside Out

Along the A101 highway South of Moscow, the Masstab Company is planning tot build a new city of 150.000 people. The overall masterplan for this development has been made bij Maxwan.
For the first phase of the project, Masstab invited architects to design a prototype for a housing block. The purpose is to create a catalogue of inspiring examples for the 500 blocks they plan to build in this first phase.

Inside Out takes the conventional block typology as a starting point. The block typology in general defines a strict distinction between private, communal and public space. By twisting one side of the block the communal inner garden opens to the street, creating an inviting pocket park and a challenging gradient between public and private space. The entrance for pedestrians and cars is being watched over by a corner café and a small theatre.

The plinth is programmed with retail, offices and studios. Here 9 elevators give access to 265 apartments. The entrances of most apartments are concentrated in lobbies on the 4th and 7th floor. At the other floors the apartments can now stretch from facade to facade and catch maximum daylight.

Most apartments are variations on three base typologies and range in size from 50 to 125 sqm. The twist causes extra variety in this order and accommodates loft apartments up to 200 sqm with spacious sun terraces.

year
2010

team
ir. Marco Vermeulen, Thijs van Spaandonk, Marcello Fantuz

programme
Housing, retail, office space, pocket park, parking, theatre, corner café

status
Competition Entry

client
A101 / Masshtab

website
www.a101.ru

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The making of
The making of
entrance on East corner
entrance on East corner
pocket park
pocket park
South corner
South corner
view from loft apartments
view from loft apartments
corner café
corner café
theatre
theatre
1) twist one side to open up towards the street. 2) create private outdoor space on the sunside
1) twist one side to open up towards the street. 2) create private outdoor space on the sunside
7th and 8th floor
7th and 8th floor
ground floor
ground floor
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