A MASTER PLAN FOR POST-OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY OF SOCHI
Client: Basic Element Group – Development & Real Estate – Imeretinkaya Rivyera
Place: Sochi, Russia
Restricted Competition: 2017
Area: 135 ha
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Maider Llaguno-Munitxa, Amaya Luzarraga, Ivaylo Nachev, Carlos Orihuela, Francesco Coser
Jose Alfredo Ramirez and Clara Oloriz (partners in charge)
Saurabh Vaidya (Associate in charge)
The project aimed at the redevelopment of the Olympic infrastructure in Sochi. Sitting between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, Imeretinka territory enjoys an exceptional geographical location. These unique conditions set the background for a post-Olympic development of the region to take advantage of: adjacent coastlines, nearby ski resorts, transport facilities, airport, and Olympic sports facilities, all embedded into Sochi greater urban area in a benevolent subtropical weather.
Our design principles aimed at capitalising these potentials through the following strategies:
-MULTIPLICATION OF THE SHORELINE in a series of waterscape bands parallel to the coastline, to maximize the inhabitants’ contact with water.
-SUPERBLOCK FABRIC We propose a large-scale urban fabric which diminish vehicular traffic while allowing great pedestrian and bicycle permeability and increase accessibility across the site from the mountains (train station and car access points), through the development and to the shoreline. Each superblock acquires a differentiated identity according to programmatic distribution.