100% Block City Moscow [RU]

‘100% Block City’ is the design proposal of KCAP together with NEXT Architects for the A101 Urban Block Competition in Moscow. The A101 urban development is a new town for approximately 320.000 inhabitants and 13 million m2 of residential space located south of Moscow. The brief of the Block City Masterplan competition, asked for the detailed design of the first large part of the development, comprising of 157 ha and 1.3 million m2 for residential use.

100% Block City proposes a lively alternative to the monotonous drudgery of the late socialist housing style. It creates an attractive, high-quality and comfortable everyday environment in which individual elements effortlessly add up to the harmony of the whole. As hybrid environment 100% Block City brings together and combines the best qualities of various urban typologies - the standard perimeter block, the housing slab and towers. It gives privilege to the pedestrian, promotes urban density and offers best orientation, attractive views and proximity to the green.

100% Block City,  refers to the character of the site which is strongly influenced by its landscape surroundings. It embraces these site-specific qualities with a superimposed generic grid. The concept envisions both, the city and the landscape, as a series of blocks within the grid, whether as built or green blocks. Within the logic of the block city grid green ‘rooms’ are created as integral elements. This also contributes to the larger urban structure which connects the competition area with its surrounding context.

Client Masshtab Development Company, Moscow
Program 157 ha new city quarter with 1.3 million m2 for residential use
Time 2010
Role Urban planner and architect in cooperation with NEXT Architects, Amsterdam