№1(61)
March 2018
ISSN
1990-4126

Russian

«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 34 June 2011

Architectural critique


Markova Yekaterina A.

Doctoral student. 
Research supervisor: Associate Professor I.V. Tarasova, PhD. (Architecture),
Ural State University of Architecture and Art,
Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail: pinakla@mail.ru 

BORN BY THE ENVIRONMENT. USE OF CONTEXTUAL DESIGN FOR INFILL DEVELOPMENT IN EKATERINBURG


To preserve or create a comfortable urban environment in case of infill development, the new building should not only be expressive and functional but it also should become a harmonious part of the composition. For achieving this goal, contextual design is often used, whereby the shaping of the new project proceeds under the influence of the site’s planning specifics, social requirements, and the architecture of surrounding buildings and structures.

An example of contextual design in Ekaterinburg is the multipurpose housing estate at 18 N.Nikonov Street. The form of this housing estate was developed using the following architectural methods:
- solution of the issue of functional zone boundaries by suggesting a general composition of volumes, improvement elements and facade finishing;
- logical termination of Krasny lane’s silhouette, addition of rhythm to the silhouette of the square, and layout of entrance to the residential blocks;
- subordination of the new development to the existing plan of the neighbourhood;
- resolution of contradictions that emerged in this development by including references to elements of the surrounding buildings’ elevations and creating a single composition;
- provision of a more comfortable environment for residents and passers-by.

The multipurpose complex that has emerged in the centre of Ekaterinburg shows that contextual design based on thorough consideration of surroundings helps achieve qualitative changes in an urban space.

Key words: infill development, environmental approach, contextual design, development of Ekaterinburg


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