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  • Location: Minsk, Belarus
  • Program: Masterplan, Residential
  • Area: 187.000 m²
  • Year: 2021
  • Status: Competition

The masterplan concept for Minsk emerges from an in-depth analysis of both the prevailing construction methodologies in Belarus and the distinctive characteristics of the site. In Belarus, the architectural landscape is predominantly shaped by prefabricated concrete solutions dating back to the Soviet era. While the modularity and repetitiveness of such designs have played a crucial role in providing affordable housing, they often compromise on urban and architectural quality.

Embracing the beneficial aspects of this prefabricated concrete technology, the masterplan reimagines its application. Moving away from the conventional model of enclosed gated communities, characterized by individual blocks each with its own yard often congested with parking, the plan proposes an open, flexible layout. This layout not only preserves but accentuates the existing landscape and forest that extends into the site, integrating it as a central element of the design. The building blocks, while conforming to a super grid to facilitate optimal parking solutions, are thoughtfully positioned and aligned with the natural topography to honor the existing natural environment and enhance flow dynamics.

The design relegates vehicular access to the periphery, transforming the core area into an expansive pedestrian realm. This central pedestrian zone evolves into a vast park, knitting together the entire district and providing a much-needed oasis of nature for the densely populated surroundings. The park is envisioned as a dynamic space catering to diverse community needs, and featuring a variety of amenities. These include a kindergarten, multiple playgrounds, an educational urban farm for children, outdoor fitness areas and a swimming pool, a dedicated sports zone, picnic areas, and a versatile urban canopy designed to host a range of community events. The inclusion of restaurants and cafes with park-facing terraces further enriches the living experience within the district, making it an attractive and comfortable place to reside.

In a thoughtful approach to enhancing the user experience within the park zone, the building heights are strategically reduced near the central green area, gradually increasing towards the periphery. This modulation in building heights, combined with a revised modular system, enables a diversity of architectural expressions, endowing each structure with its unique identity and style.

The masterplan is a testament to contemporary living standards, addressing market-specific needs while pioneering modular construction techniques. It aims to foster a new quality of living, one that harmonizes modern living requirements with sustainable and community-centric design principles. Through this approach, the masterplan sets a new benchmark for residential developments, offering a model that is both innovative and responsive to the evolving dynamics of urban living.