Re-imagining a Russian Social Housing for Ukraine Refugees
In the Western of Moscow, amidst the bustling cityscape, there stand two iconic round houses – two nine-floor residential buildings built circularly in 1970 and function as a testament to human ingenuity and the enduring spirit of unity. Once, this structure proudly bore witness to the grandeur of the Moscow Olympics, a beacon of global harmony and sporting excellence. Yet, as the pages of history turned, so did the purpose of this symbol, evolving to embrace
a new narrative of compassion and solidarity.
Moscow has had a significant Ukrainian presence since the 17th century. In the wake of the Ukrainian conflict, roughly 2.8 million Ukrainian residents who sought refuge from the horrors of war went to Russia. The need for social housing became increasingly urgent, and the round house, with its historical significance, we hope to emerge as an emblem of hope and support for Ukraine’s refugees. This transformation, an inspired reimagining of a cherished landmark,
symbolizes the profound capacity of humanity to respond with empathy and open arms in times of crisis.
By optimizing the apartment layout and free some space for public area, the reconfigure project aims to unfold a new chapter of the round house, bringing new life through the compassion and the renewal, making the social housing extend beyond mere shelter; it offers essential services that empower refugees on their journey to self-sufficiency. Medical care, education programs, vocational training, remote workstations — all are provided to uplift those who have experienced profound hardship. Creating multi-functional public area and living units, the project aims to create a sweet home for people to against life and financial difficulties, and engage with their communities.
The architectural design seamlessly blends modernity with a respectful nod to the building’s storied past. New programs such as roof top gardens with drone facilities, public gathering spaces, and commercial areas are designed to advocate for community engagement with non-human intelligence. Each apartment within the social housing complex is more than just a place of residence; it is a sanctuary where individuals and families can begin anew, rekindling their dreams with dignity and hope. The round house is not just a dwelling; it is a nurturing community, fostering connections among residents and weaving a tapestry of friendship that transcends national boundaries.
The round house, once a symbol of Olympic ideals, could embody a different ideal—a vision of a world where kindness, empathy, and the desire for peace conquer conflict and division. In reimagining this Russian social housing for Ukraine’s refugees, we celebrate the boundless spirit of humanity, proving that love knows no borders, and the pursuit of peace can be an everlasting journey.