Nikola Lenivets is a national park in the Kaluga region of Russia, approximately 100 miles southwest of Moscow. Over the past ten years the natural park has developed into an internationally recognized land arts park and an annual arts festival ArchStoyanie. In the fall of 2012 Moto DesignShop was one of the finalists to design a community of Artists in Residence. The competition scope included housing for twenty artists, families, a pavilion, children’s center and hostels.
Moto DesignShop proposed a strategy of reduced environmental impact on the park through concentrated development, use of natural and recycled materials and planning strategies focused on community. The Artists Residences are bi-level wood cylinders, clad in local birch wood panels and placed on wood platforms and rails. Each residence can be moved within the site as per the desire of the resident. The Hostels are designed to make the inhabitants live within the woods of the park and create a sense of enclosure both with the building and the woods. Natural columns of tree trunks create a transition between the built and natural environment. The Children’s Center and Pavilion is embedded into the landscape, with the addition of a large scale seesaw that allows for multiple types of use.