Russia is a land of mystery. Not much is known about contemporary Russian architecture outside of Russia. Maybe some heard about Eugene Asse, Alexander Brodsky, lately Meganom hit the news with a thin supertall tower in NY and some know that Adjaye Associates and OMA have done projects in this land of brown bears. But this is pretty much it. It is easier to get information about contemporary local architects in China, than Russia. We will try to fill this gap now.
Russia is holding a Russian Youth Architectural Bienale for architects under 35. From 377 submissions from 11 countries jury selected 30 best (only Russian) who will now develop a proposal for a housing block in Russia. Mid October best designs will be selected and awarded.
Jury included: Sergei Choban (head of Speech, Russia), Mikel Frost (managing partner at Cebra, Denmark), Christos Passas (managing director at Zaha Hadid Architects), Kees Kaan (founder of Kaan Architecten, Netherlands), Yuly Borisov (founder of UNK project, Russia), Yulia Burdova (founder of Buromoscow architectural workshop, Russia) and Alexander Tsimaylo (founder of Tsimaylo Lyashenko & Partners bureau, Russia).
Below is a full list of best 30 teams of architects under 35. We tried to find their websites, but it seems, not all of them have it.
- Akhmadullin Architects (Ufa)
- Katarsis Architects (St. Petersburg)
- Urban Plan (Irkutsk)
- 2Portala (Voronezh)
- Citizenstudio Architects (Moscow)
- Architectural laboratory SA Lab (St. Petersburg)
- Mass [shtab] (Rostov on Don)
- PRSPKT Architects (Ufa)
- Wall (Moscow)
- B-Group (Ekaterinburg)
Collaborations of architects:
- Anastasiya Konareva, Alexandr Deev, Kseniya Deeva (Kursk)
- Anastasya Shemetova, Angelina Andrianova (Novosibirsk)
- Vladislav Kulikovskiy, Arsen Khairov, Mikhail Kapitonov, Timur Stepanov (Kazan)
- Daria Kirillova, Stanislav Subbotin (Moscow)
- Elena Kashirina, Igor Kashirin (Moscow)
- Natalia Sablina, Timur Cherkasov (Moscow)
- Nikita Timonin, Maria Lyashko (St. Petersburg)
- Anastasiia Iaremenko (Kazan)
- Andrey Adamovich (Moscow)
- Anton Kotlyarov (Moscow)
- Anton Petukhov (Moscow)
- Anton Sevastianov (Moscow)
- Iliya Filimonov (St. Petersburg)
- Kirill Pernatkin (Nizhny Novgorod)
- Maxim Bazaev (Vladikavkaz)
- Nadezhda Koreneva (Moscow)
- Oleg Manov (St. Petersburg)
- Yana Zakieva (Ufa)
- Yaroslav Usov (Moscow)
Browse their websites and judge projects by yourselves. This might be not definitive list of best Russian architects under 35, however it should give you a good taste. If you want to see some more perspective Russian architects (not necessarily under 35) – go to arch:speech website, where they have compiled a list with interviews and projects. But be warned – it is only in Russian.
Cover image: Facade of Wall‘s Pavilion of Moscow Information Technology Department.