Design Competition - Belgorod, Russia

Design Competition - Belgorod, Russia

Wardell Armstrong worked in collaboration with K4 Architects to provide a concept design to be used as a blueprint to inform how other city blocks could be transformed in the future.

The project helps to reinforce the identity of the city by creating a streetscape unique to Belgorod. The design of the masterplan blurs the edges between built form and landscape, where the two elements are intrinsically connected and both contribute to reinforcing a unique sense of place.

The key intervention on the site is the U-shaped public route through the block. This is layered with green spaces, private and semi private spaces and finally built form. Rather than creating one formal route, the proposal suggests a network of complex routes which lead to intimate and exciting spaces within the heart of the city.

The design incorporates an interpretive archaeological landscape, which peels back the layers of history. The footprint of the former Belgorod Fortress that once stood on the site is represented by strip lighting embedded into the surface.  The landscape design incorporates richly patterned texture of natural materials, including limestone – the indigenous material of the area.