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"Like penguins on an ice floe"

  • Skolkovo, Russia

    2017

  • Programme

    Housing

  • Surface

    17 000 m²

  • Architecte

    Agence d'Architecture A. Bechu & Associés /// Design managers : Pablo Lorenzino, Olga Bichurina

  • Statut

    Livré

  • Credits

    Photographer © Alexander Petelin for the project & David Tipling for Pinguins

"Like penguins on an ice floe"

  • Skolkovo, Russia

    2017

  • Programme

    Housing

  • Surface

    17 000 m²

  • Architecte

    Agence d'Architecture A. Bechu & Associés /// Design managers : Pablo Lorenzino, Olga Bichurina

  • Statut

    Livré

  • Credits

    Photographer © Alexander Petelin for the project & David Tipling for Pinguins

The 'tortoiseshell' arrangement that inspired the site plan allowed for a 5°C temperature reduction. By huddling in very tightly packed groups (8 to 10 per square metre) and only exposing their upper backs to the cold wind, penguins limit their heat loss. 
This district is home to around 100 villas, grouped into tens, that will house the families of researchers working at the Skolkovo Innovation Center. It sits in a vast clearing surrounded by a watercourse that allows melting snow to drain.