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In an effort to bring new thinking and innovation to standard housing options, Russia is opening a global design competition. The country hopes to inspire new design that is specific to geographic locations and demographics of the residents.

The Russian government has launched an open international ideas contest for new standard apartment layouts across the country

Open to both emerging and experienced architects from around the world – the anonymous two-stage competition seeks proposals for a range of new residential floorplans for small, medium and large-sized dwellings.

The project – backed by Russia’s Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector – aims to generate a new standard approach to residential development which could be rolled out in cities and urban areas throughout the federation.

According to the brief: ‘The purpose of the Competition is to expand the typologies of apartment layouts of medium and large size, which comply with modern requirements for providing for the comfort and security of the living environment, and which will be completed with the use of advanced construction technologies.

‘Competition participants have the task of creating optimal planning solutions that will be easily adapted to the needs of various users groups and climate conditions in Russia, as well as to the changes introduced during the project implementation phase.’

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