Intimate urban plan
At the southern border of the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, LEVS is working on several projects in Solnechniy. With 350 hectares this is one of the fast-growing development areas of Yekaterinburg. Initially, we were invited for the urban and architectural design of one of the new quarters within an existing masterplan. Based on the proposed improvements our client asked LEVS to redesign the entire masterplan of Solnechniy. In our masterplan, the grid is rearranged from an open grid pattern to a more intimate and interesting urban pattern that follows the natural landscape.
Now the quarters form individual neighbourhoods surrounded with main streets and clear architectural and urban boundaries and with commercial facilities on the outside. The inner areas of the neighbourhoods are connected by a green and pedestrian network. Schools and kindergartens are in the centre of each neighbourhood and can be reached quickly and safely by walking or cycling. Parking is concentrated on the main profiles and in separate parking buildings that are integrated in the urban blocks. In the whole area, there will be three public centre areas: a small-scale boutique shopping area, a lively and campus activity area, and a business and cultural district with high rise buildings as landmarks.