Architecture festival Archstoyanie has revealed the 20 projects longlisted for its latest competition, Nikola’s Belvedere, with a shortlist of five designs expected later this month. The winning design will be built using using local, natural materials, providing panoramic views across the village of Nikola-Lenivets, 200km south of Moscow in the Kaluga region.
The winning construction will be unveiled at the festival in June. For last year’s festival, judges opted for a temporary structure, Fast Track, a 50-metre long trampoline through the forest designed by Estonian architecture firm Salto.
Nikola-Lenivets first found fame when Nikolai Polissky, a landscape painter from Moscow, moved to the agricultural village in the early 1990s and encouraged other artists to do the same. Archstoyanie was launched in 2006 by residents of the village to bring together acclaimed architects from Moscow and around the world.
Designs of all the longlisted entries can be found on Archstoyanie’s Facebook page.