The problem of Russian community housing is getting worse and many young residents are facing trouble finding a place to live. Known as the Open International Competition for Standard Housing in Russia, the competition has an ambitious goal of providing 20 million Russian residents with new housing by 2025.

Although the final winners will be announced by May 2018, the 20 finalists have been announced. Here at Arch2O, we are displaying the entries of the 20 finalists announced for the International Competition for Russian Housing.

Entry by DO Architects from Lithuania. Courtesy of Strelka KB

Launched back in October, the Russian housing competition has received approximately 1000 designs from 39 countries. The shortlisted finalists include designers from Russia, Netherlands, Macedonia, Brazil, Italy, Slovenia and Columbia.

With a vision for a new approach for affordable Russian housing, the international competition is looking for creative solutions for new developments in Russia. Competiton organizers include the Government of Russian Federation, the National Institute for Housing Development Foundation, and the Russian Ministry of Construction.

“The project is based on the basic target models of the urban environment that were developed by KB Strelka: low-rise, mid-rise and central,” According to the competition’s official website.

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Entry by Ad Hoc Architecture. Courtesy of Strelka KB

“The task of this scale requires the development of high-quality template solutions that will, on the one hand, minimize costs at all stages of the project, including upkeep, and on the other, significantly improve the quality of the residential environment in Russian cities,” they added.

Entry by Pole-Design. Courtesy of Strelka KB

Each one of the 20 finalists will receive a 1 million ruble (US$17,800) prize. After receiving feedback from the jury, the competitors will have six weeks to finalize their designs. Later by May 2018, the final winners will be announced at a forum in Kaliningrad.

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