|An exterior view of a detached single-family house proposed for the new town of Yuznyi, Russia.|
Collage by John Tackett Design, re-using the format established by Start Development.
Yuznyi is the concept of START Development, a St. Petersburg-based private development company that commissioned Urban Design Associates to prepare a Master Plan for the new town of 14 square miles (3,700 hectares). Apartments and rowhouses/townhouses were shown in the previous posting, but the town will also have detached single-family houses, an urban concept that is not common in Russia. These houses are intended to be affordable within the context of the Russian housing market. Because mortgages are not as common in Russia as they are in western European countries, many of these new homeowners will make their purchase with personal savings and loans from family members. Therefore the size and design of these houses must meet the price restrictions.
|Floor plans for a detached single-family house proposed for the new town of Yuznyi, Russia.|
Drawing by John Tackett Design, revising the format established by Start Development.
The collage of the exterior of the house at the beginning of this post and the floor plans above represent a "tweaking" of the Master Plan's typical single-family detached residence by John Tackett Design. Keeping the same footprint and massing, the exterior was restyled to suit the classical theme of the architecture of the town and some changes were made to the interior to make the small house feel more spacious. The original concept of the American Style combination living/dining/kitchen was retained but reorganized. The two bedrooms were made slightly larger but the local practice of having wardrobes instead of closets was kept. Instead of a full bathroom on the ground floor and full bathroom upstairs, this suggested scheme proposes a Powder Room (half-bath) down and a 3-part bathroom up.
|A map of the area from the Master Plan by Urban Design Associates.|
The two parts of the new town of Yuznyi are shown in purple.
|The palace Tsarskoe Selo.|
|The famous Amber Room at Tsarskoe Selo as reconstructed 1979 - 2003.|
The history of the room, its dismantling by the Nazis, and subsequent loss is a whole story in itself.
|A bridge in the park of Tsarskoe Selo.|
|An interior view of Gatchina Palace.|
|The remarkable Birch Cabin in the park of Gatchina.|
|An exterior detail of Pavlovsk Palace.|
|The Egyptian Vestibule of Pavlovsk Palace.|
Photo from PAVLOVSK PALACE & PARK by Anatoli Michailovich Kuchnmov.
|A pavillion in Pavlovsk park.|