This is how Russia’s tech elite will live in Skolkovo



Skolkovo will become a giant startup town outside Moscow, a hugely ambitious project to jumpstart an innovation and tech hub in the city. Currently, according to research by Startup Genome, Moscow only ranks 14th in the world as a startup hub.

The Russian government is reportedly pumping $ 4 billion into the project, and it recently asked architects to develop plans for the living arrangements of the tech and startup elite that will move into Skolkovo.

Tenants of the housing should work in technological or scientific fields, and can only stay in the housing for a maximum of five years.

Russian architectural firm Atrium came up with these plans:

As Maria Fadeeva told Co.Design, it’s a colorful design for young and energetic residents. Also noteworthy is the human scale, I think. While Skolkovo is a huge project, these 45 appartments are clearly galaxies removed from top down, state planned architecture (yes, I deleted the word ‘Soviet’ in that sentence).

These houses have no more than four floors, a lot of green, and look like they benefit from a lot of natural light. And is it me, or is there something vaguely Hobbit Village-y about this design?

Via FastCo, designboom

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