Slovenian Company Grupo H d.o.o. Wins the Open International Competition for Standard Housing and Residential Development Concept Design for Cities of Russia

The architectural bureaus Grupo H d.o.o. (Slovenia), TA.R.I-Architects (Italy), Archifellows (Moscow), Plan_B (Yaroslavl) and ESCHER (Chelyabinsk) became winners of the Open International Competition for Standard Housing and Residential Development Concept Design for Cities of Russia. The results of the competition were announced in Kaliningrad at the “Environment for Life: Everything about Housing” Forum on Friday, 18 May 2018.

Architectural competition for creating concepts of standard housing for Russian cities started in autumn 2017. The organizers were the Ministry of Construction of Russia and DOM.RF (former Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending). The operator was the Strelka Design Bureau. The technical assignment for the competition participants (architects and architectural companies) was based on the principles of territory development designed by DOM.RF in cooperation with the Ministry of Construction and the Strelka Design Bureau. These principles presuppose a higher density of construction, an increase in the role of public transport, mixed functional use of territories and buildings, a wide choice of housing types for different population groups. Participants had to design three models of urban development: low-rise, medium-rise and central.

“Our solution is innovative since we turned to the long-standing tradition of mass housing in Russia and our native Slovenia (as well as other territories of the former Yugoslavia). We just took all the prevailing principles, upgraded them and continued designing, while basing exactly on this solid foundation. First and foremost, we wanted to create modern apartments and houses with open space planning that can be adapted to the needs of the housing inhabitants, so we came to the pragmatic and flexible solutions,” the architects of Grupo H d.o.o. told about their project.

Winners of the competition will receive 2 million roubles each. Their competitive works will be included in the register of model projects of the Ministry of Construction of Russia. This means that such houses and neighbourhoods will be erected throughout the country.

Grupo H d.o.o. was founded in June 2013 by Srđan Nađ and Urška Podlogar Kos as a multi-disciplinary studio specializing in creation of concepts and implementation of projects’ early stages. The company received a number of prominent awards and professional recognition in South Korea, China, Thailand and the United States. In addition to professional activities, the company also deals with theoretical research in the field of housing construction. Srđan and Urška wrote more than 20 articles for Outsider.