The Bartlett School of Architecture


Adaptable Urban Transformation Proposal Recognised at International Design Competition

30 April 2019

Teaching Fellow, Pedro Pitarch’s innovative design has received second prize in the Open International Competition for Alternative Layout Designs in Standard Housing for Russia

Courtyard: interior view of the proposal - gallery block section buildings. By Pedro Pitarch

Pedro Pitarch’s project proposes the transformation of how of urban space is conceived, inserting public facilities into highly congested housing blocks with three adaptable models. Each housing block consists of a varied topology of domestic apartments and a range of public spaces, such as parks and playgrounds, which are migrated inside to increase practicality and usage and create an increased sense of community.

The competition aims to improve the quality of life through residential development in Russia. Participants are challenged to develop easily adaptable apartment layouts, taking into consideration comfort and security and opportunities for socialization and self-development.

Watch a short film of the project:

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Pedro Pitarch is an architect, musician and Teaching Fellow at The Bartlett. His work has been exhibited at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, the 4th Lisbon Architecture Triennale, 2016 Vienna Design week and more. Pedro’s primary research focuses on the interrelations between contemporary culture production and the construction of societies.

Project credits


Pedro Pitarch

Project team

Gonzalo Rojas, Javier Estebala and Jorge Sedano
In consortium with APEX Project Bureau

AR model

Francisco Millan

Short film

Video by Pedro Pitarch a&u
Music by Javier Jimenez Rolo
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Images: created by Rafael Zarza
1. Exterior front view of the urban proposal – gallery building
2. Courtyard interior view of the proposal – gallery and block section buildings
3. Interior images of the main spaces of the domestic layouts
4. Image model of the urban proposal – AR model