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ECOPOLIS ESSENCE

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by ZROBIM architects
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Author's Ecopolis in the heart of the forest

The unique residences, which are embedded in the topography, are located at a distance from each other and have incredible views. Each residence is a unique embodiment of the energy and character of its place.

  • Location: Istra, Russia
  • Area: 7 ha
  • Project scale: 37 houses
  • Year: 2022
37 unique residences
Eco-tech architecture
Single design code
Close connection to nature
Landscape and recreation park
All necessary infrastructure
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The concept

The main idea of the whole project is harmony: architecture and landscape, unity and privacy, man and nature. And this is more than just 37 houses. We have created a unique high-quality comfortable environment for people to live in, while maintaining a close relationship with nature.

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ESSENCE Ecopolis residents are people who need more than just a home

Before we start working on such large projects we always analyze and define the target audience together with the client.

So, we found that the potential residents of our village are wealthy adults who prioritize quality and comfort over quantity. People who do not want to live in the hustle and bustle of the city but have the proper level of infrastructure, service and security.

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Harmony between the architectural image and the natural environment

This is how the main idea of the project can be formulated. So in our work we followed the principle of minimal interference in the existing landscape. Here we did not design large retaining walls. All of the roads were laid out in the existing topography, and the land surveying was done in such a way that we cut the houses into the topography, making them a continuation of the landscape.

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Village master plan

In this project, we had input from the client on the ratio of saleable area to total area, which we adhered to when developing the master plan. So, we ended up with 37 completely different in shape and size plots and a large percentage of recreational areas due to the fact that we used plots with the highest possible relief gradients, creating unique landscape parks and recreation areas there.

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Environmental infrastructure

The theme of ecology is revealed through the use of natural materials in the architecture and landscaping, as well as through the infrastructure system. In addition to the two parks, there is an eco-trail that runs through the entire territory, as well as an intersecting waterway leading to the lower park and out to the lake. The location of all these elements is carefully thought out and dictated by the possibility of pedestrian accessibility from each site.


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Development
 
Joining territories
 
Lower Park
 
Upper Park
 
Entry group

Construction queues

In our design activities during the development of settlements, we have come to the conclusion that in many cases it is logical and rational to organize construction in stages. This approach makes it possible to distribute the budget as efficiently as possible and to build the process of erection taking into account the minimization of discomfort for people already living in the territory. The number of stages and their sequence in each project are determined individually.


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The first phase of construction
 
Second phase of construction

House typology

The typology of residential development is determined by the specifics of the site with different elevation differences. Thus, we distinguished houses on plots with active and flat relief. Natural uniqueness was reflected in the architectural image - thanks to it we have designed 37 author's houses, each of which in its own way interacts with the landscape and sets its own mood, without breaking the general design concept.


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Plots with flat topography
 
Sites with active topography

Environmental infrastructure

The theme of ecology is revealed through the use of natural materials in the architecture and landscaping, as well as through the infrastructure system. In addition to the two parks, there is an eco-trail that runs through the entire territory, as well as an intersecting waterway leading to the lower park and out to the lake. The location of all these elements is carefully thought out and dictated by the possibility of pedestrian accessibility from each site.


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Ecotrope
 
Waterway
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Entry group

A coherent architectural image is always based on a well-balanced system of accents and carefully selected details. For example, our entrance panel is one of the main visual dominants, the purpose of which, from the very first moment, is to indicate the status and effectiveness of the place. In addition to creating an impression, of course, it also has a utilitarian function - to provide a safe environment for residents and their guests.

First floor plan

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Second floor plan

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The Entrance Group – the public core of ESSENS Ecopolis

The size and number of floors of the checkpoint building was due to the customer's desire to provide space for a co-working room, a small café, as well as rooms for the staff serving the territory. We designed the interior space with a minimum number of partitions for flexibility and versatility of its use.

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Land improvement

In the ESSENCE project, it was important for us to maintain the harmony of man and nature, so that the residents of the eco-polis would have a positive experience not only in their residences, but also outside of them. Therefore, in the landscaping we provided paths for walking and jogging, gazebos for relaxing and working under the sounds of the forest, viewing platforms near the pond and a small amphitheater for indoor events in the open air.

We divided the landscaping in the project into upper and lower parks. In the upper park we placed activity zones, focusing there sports and children's playgrounds. While the lower park is a quiet peaceful place for nature contemplation and solitude.

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Thus, the landscaping of the eco-polis ESSENCE contains a place for the interaction of people with each other - this is the upper park, and a place for the interaction of man and nature - the lower park.

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Architectural appearance

In working on the architecture of the eco-polis we had to create a visual and functional diversity, so that each residence quickly found its owner. At the same time, we took into account the privacy factor and placed the houses so that the windows did not look into the windows of the neighbors and each residence had its own enclosed courtyard for barbecues and outdoor recreation.

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We also developed a uniform design code for all residences, which is based on the use of honest and natural materials. But we did not make all the residences the same. We designed 37 unique residences united by a common idea and a single eco-concept of the entire eco-polis as a whole, which were reflected in the interiors as well.

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Harmony of interior, exterior and surroundings

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