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Green quarter as urban revitalization

Stachek, Yekaterinburg, Russia

In the northern district of the city of Yekaterinburg LEVS is working on the housing project Stachek. The design plot lies in a former working-class quarter Elmash that is adjacent to the large factory territory of Uralsmash which is well-known for its history of heavy mechanical engineering. Nowadays it is being transformed into a modern office district with cultural functions. As one of the major new housing projects there, Stachek sets a first step to also turn the housing neighbourhood of Elmash into a modern residential district.

Context is everything

On the outer bounds of the ensemble, the volume functions like other buildings in the area: as a clear delineation of public roads. On the inside, the freestanding ‘urban villas’ refer back to the dacha-like settlements that used to be here. The continuous inner courtyard is even greener, more diverse and more accessible than before. An underground parking garage makes space aboveground for pedestrian paths through the communal park. Height accents on the corners give the plan directionality and relatability. The façade architecture accentuates different movements in the volume – sideways, upwards and inwards. The result is a dense yet calm ensemble that respects its surroundings, acknowledges its past and offers comfortable urban living standards for middle-income residents of Yekaterinburg.

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Private terrace at the courtyard
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Parking garage underneath the whole terrain

Residential character

The sculptural appearance of the buildings is the result of a grid-less façade with distinctive wood-like aluminium volumes on the top. White stucco forms a neutral background for large, randomly positioned windows and outdoor spaces that give the buildings a residential character. The four corner blocks have loggias and therefore a flat urban façade, the villas have balconies that relate to the human scale and make the volumes even more sculptural. At ground floor level all buildings have a grey façade of natural stone. At the street side there are commercial spaces, at the courtyard side there are duplex houses with a private terrace.

Private green roof

The height of the buildings varies from seven to nine floors including a setback of one or two storeys which visually lowers the buildings. The setbacks have the same wood-like aluminium façade which gives the buildings a warm and friendly look. On the top floor every apartment has its own half-transparent exit box with a room to access the private green roof terrace.


Brusnika LLC
Urban plan and architectural design with 60,000 m² apartments, 2,500 m² commercial space, underground parking
Adriaan Mout, Jurriaan van Stigt, Marianne Loof
Anna Igumnova, Hanna Borisova, Alexandra Predeina, Ivan Shkurko
Yekaterinburg, Russia
2018 –
S&P Architektura Krajobrazu
Artist impressions
Fish Architecture Studio, LEVS architecten