Eco township Osoka


Eco township
by ZROBIM architects

Air is the most important thing

OSOKA – a project in which a special place is given to the air. This is due to the peculiarities of the territory for development: the presence of wetlands, which, in terms of oxygen production is ahead of even the forest areas. Therefore, our main task was to preserve the natural richness of the territory and complement it with with modern architectural and planning solutions, which as a result will form a harmonious environment for comfortable living.

  • Area: 147 ha
  • Project scale: 688 houses
  • Year: 2022
Close connection to nature
Single design code
Recreational park
Holistic infrastructure
Safe environment

Geographic and economic analysis

The first thing we start with in the design of any community is analytics. This is a fundamental stage, because from the understanding of the context of the territory, we choose the most rational solutions. From the given context we recognize the existing factors that will influence the functional-planning and aesthetic components of the township, which will subsequently be reflected in the architectural image, infrastructure and marketing positioning.

Speaking about the context of the territory, we distinguish the following geographical and economic components, which we consider at the pre-project stage:

  1. Existing transport, social and commercial infrastructure
  2. Orientation to the cardinal points
  3. The natural peculiarities of the site
  4. Visual axes of the site
  5. Specific / unique features of the site

Analysis of the surrounding area

Beach, recreation area Kindergartens, schools
Hotel complex Filling stations
Forest areas Paid fishing areas


Construction stages

The first stage of construction - the hotel complex
The second stage of construction - the territory of the village
Territory boundaries


Territory relief

High marks


Water area of the territory

Ozerninskoye reservoir
Favourable exits to the water

Map of forest areas

Existing forest areas


Visual accents

Acceptable view areas (view emphasis on vegetation, trees, neighboring lots, road)
Favorable view areas (view emphasis on Ozerninskoye Reservoir, vegetation, trees)

Orientation to the cardinal points


By analyzing the economic and geographic indicators of the built-up area, we obtain a series of data, which serve as the basis for our internal terms of reference and the following design steps.

Analysis based on the photos obtained

After the geographic-economic survey stage, we proceed to the study of the area on the basis of the photo and video materials received from the customer. At this stage, we can already highlight the main advantages and disadvantages of the territory, which will later serve as the basis for the township positioning strategy.

Advantages of the area

  1. The territory of the forest area. The possibility of integrating nature into the infrastructure
  2. Proximity to Ozerninskoye reservoir
  3. Access to the water, exit to the forest, eco-friendliness
  4. Proximity to the projected hotel complex
  5. 5 minutes to the nearest infrastructure
  6. Relief

Disadvantages of the territory

  1. Territorial remoteness from Moscow
  2. Lack of modern infrastructure

Territory balance

The next stage is the formation of the balance of the territory or, in other words, the distribution of each function present in the township, in the percentage ratio. Then we calculate the technical and economic indicators on the basis of regulatory documents to offer the customer several options for the development of the territory and, subsequently, detailing the most appropriate to the customer's goals scenario.


Quality cottage village


Residential function

residential areas
12-20 acres

Public function

park areas, recreation areas, sports/children's playgrounds

Transportation function

Streets, driveways, turnouts, etc.

Total site area - 1 060 000 m²

Residential area

742 000 m²


Park areas

  • Children playgrounds
  • Quiet rest areas
  • Eco Trail
  • Cycling infrastructure
  • Pavilions
  • Summer amphitheater

180 200 m²


Streets, driveways, walkways,
engineering infrastructure

106 000 m²


Playground for outdoor activities

10 600 m²


Bath complex

10 600 m²



9 540 m²


Fire pond

1 000 m²


Expected technical and economic indicators

House typology 1 2 3 4 5 Checkpoint Boathouse Bathhouse complex Summary
Approximate building area (m²) 190 150 250 310 310 480 600 750  
Floors 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2  
Estimated area of the warm contour (m²) to 150 to 250 to 300 to 400 to 400+ to 400 to 500 to 1000  
Number of houses 160 153 196 209 22 2 1 1 740+3
Total building area (m²) 30 400 22 950 49 000 64 790 6 820 960 600 750 176 270 (11,8%)

Territory area

1 590 682 m²

Green area

266 220 m²

Area of transport links (roadway)

122 422 m²

Area of pedestrian connections (paths and ecotrails)

46 725 m²


38 344 m²


8 371 m²

Cycleways area

23 652 m² / 15,8 km

Number of lots for sale

740 pcs.

Area of heat loop to be sold

213 450 m²

Area of land for sale

1 075 726 m²

Five types of residential buildings are represented:

Type 1

Single-story houses

Type 2

Small Barnhouses

Type 3


Type 4

Two story houses

Type 5

Duplexes of 400 m²

Concept and design stage

After completion of the analytical phase, with the allocation of the main goals and objectives, we proceed to the formation of architectural and planning concept of the township with the detailed study of all its elements - from the general plan to the elements of improvement.

Village General plan

The key element at this stage is a detailed general plan of the site. It reflects all the elements of infrastructure and their relationship.

On the territory of the township we have placed not only the plots for residential houses, but also a bathing complex and a hotel with its infrastructure. Thus, this facility combines residential, public and commercial functions.


The scheme of transport links

This scheme reflects the number and typology of the various elements that make up the transport infrastructure of the site. We have developed 6 types of street profiles depending on their function and location on the site, thought out options for movement, calculated the optimal width of road elements and provided for the laying of appropriate utilities.


Roads and driveways
Bicycle paths
Walkways (1800mm)
Eco decking made of wood (1200mm)
Alternative ways of transportation (dams)
Suggested bicycle route
Type 6
Designation of the transverse profile of the street

Optimal width of pedestrian connections

Osoka Optimal width of pedestrian connections

Main street profile type 1

Osoka Main street profile <span>type 1</span>

Main street profile type 2

Osoka Main street profile <span>type 2</span>

Main street profile type 3

Osoka Main street profile <span>type 3</span>

Dead-end street profile type 4

Osoka Dead-end street profile <span>type 4</span>

Profile of a residential street type 5

Osoka Profile of a residential street <span>type 5</span>

Center street profile type 6

Osoka Center street profile <span>type 6</span>


Scheme of park areas

Park areas form a kind of green arteries in the township, which create a center of attraction and direct the flow of pedestrians to the important objects of the territory, such as the bathing complex. The location of green areas along the transport routes allows to reduce the noise from traffic, providing maximum comfort for living.


Quiet rest areas, park areas, dog walking areas
The territory of the bathing complex


Playground layout

We have provided 3 types of playgrounds according to the age of the children, since different age groups imply their own specific design and landscaping. It is important to take this into account, since modern architecture and well thought-out surroundings are significant marketing advantages for potential buyers.


Playground areas (0-6 years old)
Playground areas (6-14 years old)
Playground areas (14+ years old, sports)
Five-minute accessibility radii (350m²)


The layout of the construction stages

An individual approach to design implies solving sometimes non-standard tasks. In this project, together with the customer, we decided to conditionally divide the area into 4 parts for a phased development. This decision was based on economic considerations and allows for maximum rational use of the budget.
The construction queues were formed with the consideration of minimizing the discomfort for people who already live there.


The first phase of construction
Second phase of construction
Third phase of construction
Fourth stage of construction

Infrastructure and landscaping

You can't have a good project without thinking through the details. Once we have laid out the overall infrastructure system with its connections and interactions between the elements. We start to work on the details, because it's through thoughtful details that we reveal the fullness of the architectural concept.

Improvement of wetlands

As we noted earlier, wetlands are one of the distinctive features of the territory. We turn this detail into an advantage through the improvement - the design of coastal structures, the formation of alternative pedestrian paths, the construction of dams, landscaping with the use of wetland plants.

So we work with each site of the township. From the general to the private. From the laying of transport routes to the selection of pavement materials and small architectural forms.


Marketing positioning and branding

The branding stage is the final stage and includes the following subsections:

  1. design code of architecture and small architectural forms
  2. naming
  3. visual identity

Naming and logo

When designing the naming and logo of the township, we are guided by two principles: the name and symbol should create a sense of place and stand out from the competition. The sedge and calamus are coastal grasses, and by using them in the name, we once again emphasize the ecology and detachment from the bustle of the city, thereby evoking in potential buyers of plots visual and emotional associations of closeness to nature.


Design code

The architecture of the township is represented by 5 types of houses, each of which has its own visual code, which at the same time is consistent with the overall design concept of the township. We also developed the design of the entrance area, fences of each house and selected the materials for covering the pedestrian connections.

Single storey houses / 150 m²

Facade finish options

  1. Decorative plaster (microcement) with the effect of concrete coating
  2. Larch Planking untreated / treated with glaze compounds
  3. Kerna Premium Brown Diamonds 1nf facing brick
  4. Panoramic glazing

Roof finishing options

  1. Double standing seam. Color: RAL 7024
  2. Larch Planking untreated / glaze-treated

Two-story houses / 400 m²

Facade finish options

  1. Decorative plaster (microcement) with concrete effect
  2. Larch Planking untreated / treated with glaze primers
  3. Facing brick KR-l-pu gray "Rock"
  4. Panoramic glazing

Two-story houses / 400+ m²

Facade finish options

  1. Rubble stone
  2. Larch Planking untreated / glaze-treated
  3. Monolithic concrete with uneven surface effect
  4. Panoramic glazing

Small barnhouses / 250 m²

Facade finish options

  1. Double standing seam. Colour: RAL 7024
  2. Larch Planking untreated / glaze-treated
  3. Kerna Premium Brown Diamonds 1nf facing brick
  4. Panoramic glazing

Roof finishing options

  1. Double standing seam. Colour: RAL 7024
  2. Larch Planking untreated / glaze-treated

Small barnhouses / 300 m²

Facade finish options

  1. Double standing seam. Colour: RAL 7024
  2. Larch Planking untreated / glaze-treated
  3. Facing brick KR-l-pu Kraft
  4. Panoramic glazing

Roof finishing options

  1. Double standing seam. Colour: RAL 7024

Coverage of pedestrian connections

Material of the main pedestrian connections
Paving monolithic concrete paths linking the key points of the township

The material of the secondary pedestrian connections
Wooden decking, allowing to achieve unity with the natural environment. And performing a walking function in the township

Entrance group and fences

The entrance is the first thing a visitor sees and the element that first reveals the design code of the entire township, so here we see all the same corporate identity elements that are present in the architecture of the houses, transport links and landscaping. These elements are also reflected in the design of fences, which we have designed for each house.



The result of our joint work with the customer is a coherent finished product, meticulously worked out at all stages of design. Expressive architectural image, functionality and marketing strategy - these are the components of a quality modern village.

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