Living Environment



19‑21TH SEPTEMBER 2019

MAY 18–19

All About Housing

What defines quality and affordable housing? In which houses do citizens want to live and what principles might improve housing conditions? What is the current living environment in the city and how will it change in the future?

Renowned experts, leading architects, developers, businessmen and government officials will gather at the Living Environment: All About Housing Forum on May 18–19, 2018, in Kaliningrad, to answer these questions and define trends in the development of housing stock. The Forum will show locals the potential of their city and allow them to widely participate in its changing.


Kaliningrad is a unique Russian city with its distinguishable architecture, urban environment and geographic location.

The Living Environment: All About Housing Forum is bound to give impetus to the further development to make this beautiful city even better. Kaliningrad is meant to be a landmark of the Russian Federation.

Kaliningrad region is the westernmost part of Russia. Since the early 20th century the region has been popular for its resorts nationwide, as well as in European countries. Cultural, health and wellness and eco-tourism attract many visitors annually.

The Kaliningrad Regional Drama Theatre will host the Business Program of the Forum.


Elliot Eisenberg

Ph.D economist, regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, hedge funds and investment advisory groups, USA

Alexander Plutnik

DOM.RF’s CEO and Chairman of the Management Board

Jeffrey Morgan

Sr. Development Consultant, MBL Housing, USA

Tatiana Polidi

Executive Director of the Institute for Urban Economics, Director of the Real Estate Market department, Russia

Winy Maas

Co-founder and Director, MVRDV, Netherlands

Martin Sobota

Architect, partner at Cityförster architecture+urbanism, Netherlands

Alexei Muratov

Partner, Strelka KB, Russia

Alexandra Chechetkina

Senior Architect, Strelka KB, Russia

Ekaterina Shulman

Associate Professor, RANEPA, Russia

Vasiliy Selivanov

Legenda Intelligent Development, Russia

Alexander Mamut

Chairman of the board of trustees of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design

Martin Biewenga

Architect, partner at Dutch firm West 8 urban design & landscape architecture BV

Brian Mark Evans

UN Advisor, Ecological Urbanist, United Kingdom

Alexander Govorov

Director of Engineering of Brusnika, Russia

Dmitry Tepin

Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Saratov Region

Evgeniy Glagolev

Deputy Governor of the Belgorod Region

Sergey Kolesnikov

Commercial Director at Partner-Stroy

Vladimir Martynenkov

Head of the Metapribor group of companies

Milana Sadaeva

Deputy Mayor of Grozny

Fadi Jabri

Executive Officer, Principal MENA, CIS, India Region at Nikken Sekkei

Natalia Fishman

Assistant to the President of the Republic of Tatarstan

Igor Markov

Architect, director of gmp international

Diana Samoshkina

Vice President, Consumer Segment at Rostelecom




Jury Decides on Winners of Major International Contest on Standard Housing Projects for Russia

During Living Environment: All About Housing Forum on May 18, the jury announced the winners of the Open International Competition of Architectural Concepts for Standard Housing and Residential Buildings in Russia. The contest was commissioned by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and organized by the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector and the Russia Housing and Urban Development Corporation (DOM.RF), in cooperation with Strelka KB.

Contestants from 39 countries, including Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, India, the United States, and Japan, submitted in their 298 bids more than 900 design projects for residential buildings. Each competitor could develop up to four housing building projects for one out of three urban environment models: low-rise residential, mid-rise residential, or central area. The mid-rise model was the most popular option among architects, with 140 such bids. Based on the results of both expert and popular votes, the international jury selected 20 finalists out of 176 Russian submissions and 122 foreign submissions.

The jury was represented by the Minister of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector Mikhail Men; CEO at DOM.RF Alexander Plutnik; famous architects Jean-Paul Viguier, Ricardo Devesa, and Giovanna Carnevali; urban planning researcher Harald Mooij; architect and co-founder of SPEECH architectural office and Tchoban Voss Architekten Sergei Tchoban; CEO at Brusnika Development Elena Eremenko; and Head of the Analytical Department of the Ural Chamber of Real Estate in Yekaterinburg Mikhail Khorkov. The jury was chaired by Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

‘The design concepts that we saw as a jury provide a real chance to reconsider current contemporary trends for external building structure, and for apartment layouts as well. We’ve been guiding our contestants by the square meter price, and now we have to figure out the actual cost per square meter of living area — and then describe a standard apartment based on that. I think that following the results of such a major contest we really can expect new housing standards,’ — Alexander Plutnik, CEO at DOM.RF.

During its final meeting, the jury decided on a prize amount for each finalist and suggested personal nominations based on advantages and particular features of proposed solutions.

1st Category Winners, who received a prize of €29,200 each, are: 

GRUPO H.d.o.o. (Slovenia) — “For unconventional approach towards diverse living scenarios in planning layouts”

TA.R.I-Architects (Italy) — “For vast opportunities for customization”

ESCHER (Chelyabinsk, Russia) —  “For providing dynamic and diverse public areas”

Plan_B (Yaroslavl, Russia) — “For exceptional flexibility of planning solutions”

Archifellows (Moscow, Russia) — “For respecting users’ needs while providing design solutions”


2nd Category Winners, who received a prize of €20,387 each, are:

AKHMADULLIN ARCHITECTS (Ufa, Russia) — “For developing comprehensive scenarios of life in low-rise model”

ARCHITECTURAL GROUP DNK (Moscow, Russia) — “For implementing a new building typology into mid-rise environment model”

AD HOC ARCHITECTURE (Moscow, Russia) — “For creating open pedestrian lanes through a block”

SARA SIMOSKA (Macedonia) — “For innovative approach to apartment layout planning”

BOLD-COLLECTIVE (Netherlands) — “For innovative concept of large-scale wooden construction”


3rd Category Winners, who received €13,600 each, are:

PROJECT GROUP PIONEER (Chelyabinsk, Russia) — “For developing a realistic approach to low-rise model implementation”

PPA ARQUITECTURA (Brazil) — “For playful approach and freedom of expression”

ARCHITECTURAL STUDIO 2 PORTALA (Voronezh, Russia) — “For universal planning solutions”

ANARCHITECTS STUDIO (Netherlands) — “For developing a strategic algorithm that can be easily adapted to changes”

BOUSTANY / SUPHASIDH / DESFONDS + A2OM (Russia, France, Spain, Thailand) — “For rethinking traditional housing estates”

DO ARCHITECTS (Lithuania) — “For critical spirit and original approach”

BUREAU ARD (Krasnodar, Russia) — “For exceptional tower architecture”

DA PROJECT (Tyumen, Russia) — “For the concept of open public areas on rooftops”

LUIS EDUARD CALDERON GARCIA (Columbia) — “For establishing symbiotic ties to the city”

POLE-DESIGN (Moscow, Russia) — “For arranging an environment for communication and communal friendship”


‘All projects have met the expectation of the judges. This particularly so with low-rise and high-rise concepts; we have found plenty of interesting works. They all meet the requirements of the contest brief, and surely can transform the urban environment as soon as new guidelines will be approved.’ — Giovanna Carnevale, international jury member.

In the 21st century, cities compete for people on a global scale, and in this battle housing turns into a competitive advantage. For a long time, the main priority in housing policy was to increase square meters — now the quality of apartments and living environment has been added to a number of key factors. The economic potential of a city directly depends on requirements of new housing stock.

This major architecture design contest was meant to formulate new requirements for residential areas that can correspond with various life scenarios of contemporary citizens and be capable of giving momentum to urban development.

The competition consisted of two stages. Twenty finalists who made it to the second stage received €13,600 each for improving on their concepts. The main requirements of the technical brief — cost of construction, adaptive for every type of climate, flexible planning solutions — remained untouched. At the same time, it was suggested that contestants concentrated on interior elements of the buildings in order to think through various apartment layouts. All finalists received personal expert comments which allowed them to improve their projects.

As a base for the technical brief, we decided to adopt “Key guidelines (principles) on the comprehensive development of areas” which are currently being elaborated on by the Construction Ministry and DOM.RF with the assistance of Strelka KB. The contest proved that you can create affordable standard high-quality housing while following those guidelines. Winning solutions will enrich the Ministry’s library and will provide a new level of affordable standard housing in Russia. The projects will assist in suggesting that developers create a comfortable urban environment while reducing costs and design.


Learn more about the winners and check their projects here: