29 June 2020

Graduates of Vladimir Linov’s architectural workshop are looking for new approaches to design

Graduates of the SPbGASU, studying in Vladimir Linov’s architectural workshop, are looking for new approaches to design. In their work, they use unusual planning and technological solutions, striving to maintain continuity in architecture.

Анна Черноярова из Петербургского ГАСУ

Anna Chernoyarova

Anna Chernoyarova created a design project for a residential complex on Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg. She proposed to make part of the buildings of timber. According to the author, wooden housing construction is one of the promising areas, since it is environmentally friendly and safe: «Wooden structures are not typical for multi-family housing construction in Russia. The design has become for me an experimental and research site. I wanted to consider a new quality of residential architecture. For me as a graduate, this is a challenge for the future».

Anna set a goal not only to draw attention to wooden housing construction, but to create up to date, comfortable and environmentally friendly housing. In her opinion, until recently, wooden housing construction was not regulated – there were no legislative acts, construction regulations, and the student had to study foreign literature. However, SP 452.1325800.2019 «Residential multi-apartment buildings with wooden structures», effective from April 30, 2019, greatly facilitated the work. Anna hopes that her design project will contribute to the popularization of wooden housing construction.

The head of the architectural workshop Vladimir Linov notes: «The work is devoted to an urgent topic: the use of wooden structures in mass multi-story construction. The use of traditional material in a new technological interpretation has now become a global trend. In Russia, new standards have been adopted that allow the construction of multi-story residential buildings with supporting and enclosing structures made of timber. Architectural comprehension of such a technology is a new challenge, and it’s superb that our students undertake to solve this problem».

Anna Chernoyarova’s design

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Anna Chernoyarova’s design

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Максим Бежков из Петербургского ГАСУ

Maxim Bezhkov

Maxim Bezhkov worked on the design of a multifunctional cultural center in Kaliningrad, considering it as a territory for creativity, exchange of ideas, educational and cultural events. The author believes that the cultural center should arouse in people the desire not only to develop on their own, but also to develop the world around them: «Factories and plants were the means of production in the industrial era. Now the means of production are intelligence and creativity.

Cultural centers support the progress of human capital, offer opportunities for education, creativity, communication, self-realization, socialization. In addition to meeting the demand for self-education and quality leisure, cultural centers play an essential role: they facilitate communication between local communities. People can use the cultural center as a place for human contacts and implementation of their projects. Thus, cultural centers contribute to the strengthening of social ties in society. This is especially important in Russia, where the social activity of the townspeople is still low and needs support».

In his design, which is planned on the site of the vanished historical building, the author sought to pay tribute to the past; however, according to him, the issues of reconstructing the historical environment are quite delicate, and I wanted to avoid the feeling of props. This has become the hardest part of the job.

«The student’s solution is remarkable in its unusualness and, at the same time, logic. He doesn’t offer to restore the destroyed houses, the foundations of which have been preserved under a layer of earth; he doesn’t offer to uproot trees that have grown here over seventy-five years, but offers to bring back the silhouette of the old buildings, create a ghostly image of the lost city, made of glass roofs and transparent glass facades with painted windows and features.

Among the preserved trees, under the «memory» of the roofs of the houses, the sites and pavilions of the cultural center are located; most of its premises are placed in the underground space among the old foundations, freed from soil and debris. A study conducted in Maxim’s Master’s degree work shows that so far this solution has been applied extremely rarely and on a much humbler scale,» said Vladimir Linov. «To solve this problem, Maxim investigated the structure and characteristic features of the formation of historical complexes at the example of Kaliningrad, identified urban planning, architectural planning and spatial recommendations for design. His findings can be applied in further architectural practice».

Maxim Bezhkov’s design: the street

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Maxim Bezhkov’s design: the interior

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Maxim Bezhkov’s design: the bird's-eye view

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Text: Tatyana Petrova

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