Modern interuniversity campus in Tomsk
Russian Federation, Tomsk region, Tomsk, pos. Zavarzino-Radio Station No. 1,2
Author's team:
Chief Architect: Aleksandr Melnichenko
Architect: Vsevolod Gusev, Alexei Lavrukhin
Visualization: Vasily Potapov

Architectural and urban planning concept


Russian Federation, Tomsk region, Tomsk, pos. Zavarzino-Radio Station No. 1,2, cadastral number of the land plot 70:21:0100088:108

The idea of the project is to organize the volumetric composition of the building in such a way as to create a harmonious, appropriate and functional space, which should not be considered as one mega-building opposing itself to nature, but as a complex dissolving into the rich natural environment.

The site is divided into spatial sectors following the example of the development of the territory using an orthogonal grid - a technique used by the Greco-Roman civilization, which placed the main streets Cardo and Decumanus perpendicularly and oriented them to the cardinal points. The use of orthogonal construction of a general plan is not only a convenient urban planning technique that allows flexible zoning of space and fitting into the grid any volumes of buildings and sites, but also has a symbolic meaning. An orthogonal grid as a symbol of the human mind, and man is the only creature in nature that creates forms with right angles, from furniture to the urban plan of the city of Miletus (2nd century BC) and modern computer chips. The right angle is the achievement of the human mind, and the development of the mind is the main task of the educational campus.

The architectural concept is a complex of buildings evenly distributed throughout the site at a comfortable distance from each other, which allows you to preserve landscaping between the buildings, integrating it into the environment. Thus the concept is opposed to the idea of “one mega-building and one huge park”; in this case, an alternative approach was applied: “many human-scale buildings, many human-scale parks within walking distance.”

The center of the composition is the buildings of the Multifunctional Educational Center and the Sports and Fitness Complex; they are connected by a passage at the 2nd floor level. The rest of the space is organized around them, buildings for temporary residence are evenly distributed throughout the site, each of them has a cozy courtyard that protects from wind and precipitation. For the aesthetic diversity of the development, the two buildings for temporary residence have a round shape; this is also necessary to externally distinguish them from the rest, because at the ground floor level, only here are commercial premises with flexible functional purposes and there is a large courtyard to concentrate the social life of residents and their communications.

To increase the comfort of students, a connection is provided between all buildings in the form of a partially covered spatial pergola, which not only allows protection from precipitation and wind, but also has built-in stops for heated electric route transport. The pergola is located at a height of 4.5 meters, in the area where special equipment passes. This technique not only increases the comfort of communication between buildings, but is also an Art object, a kind of recognizable symbol of the project.

Entry to the site is from Turgenev Street: two main entrances and one service entrance for special equipment. There is an open parking lot along Turgenev Street in a long strip to minimize heating of the asphalt in summer and wind in winter; this parking lot is separated from the next row by landscaping and green spaces every 6 parking spaces; this technique also gives the environment a humane, aesthetic appearance, reducing the man-made nature of the space.