Not just a house
Creating a project of the courtyard space today is an integral attribute of comfortable housing. The reason for this is the increased competition for the buyer who chooses not just an apartment, but a combination of living space for himself and his family. Shahban Kurbanov, chief project engineer of the Metropolis company, commented on Kommersant on contemporary solutions and trends in arranging courtyard spaces.
For several years now, experts have said that it is impossible to bring “just at home” to the market. New projects must now be surrendered with beautification, but companies approach the organization of the courtyard space in different ways. Some developers comply with formal requirements and install standard equipment, while others make the yard truly original, and the second is becoming more and more. Elena Valueva, marketing director of Mirland Development Corporation, notes that in recent years the number of indoor courtyards has been increasing with a fairly rich and diverse set of green spaces, small architectural forms, playgrounds and sports grounds from leading manufacturers. There are more and more wide sidewalks, outdoor and decorative lighting.
“There are several general trends in the market today. In the trend today, courtyards closed from cars, original design ideas for the design of internal house territories, the creation of art objects. And we are very pleased that at one time we were the initiators of some of them. For example, we have a "lazy river", many places for children's activity. It is in our yard that residents of neighboring houses and other developers come to rest.Now, in any building, the main thing is to create a favorable and comfortable environment for life, therefore we are working on the improvement to the smallest detail, devoting this time to at least that of the house itself, ”says Roman Miroshnikov, executive director of Oykumen.
Olga Trosheva, head of the Petersburg Real Estate Consulting Center, says that the organization of the spaces has a division into zones by age and destination (children’s, sports grounds, recreational areas, barbecue areas, training places and dog walking). “Examples of more expensive elements of the courtyard space are, for example, vertical gardening on firewalls, designated areas for gardens, arboretums,” says the expert.
Irina Dobrokhotova, chairman of the board of directors of Best-Novostroy, believes that one of the most advanced trends is the arrangement of playgrounds outside the inner courtyard. “The Peak Group projects have good examples, which implements the PlayHub concept in a number of their residential complexes, within the framework of which real gaming towns are being built, occupying rather large spaces located outside the courtyard. Investments in creating a modern playground in Buninsky Meadows amounted to about 140 million rubles, according to data from open sources, ”Ms. Dobrokhotova cites an example. She agrees with the opinion that yards should be divided into age zones - for example, a sandbox for kids, slides, houses and shells for younger students, a workout area for teenagers and their parents, tennis tables for everyone. “Somewhere they can create a football field and equip the embankment. On average, the cost of arranging a typical playground is 40-50 million rubles. Then everything depends on the desire and capabilities of the developer, ”the expert concludes.
Shahban Kurbanov, chief project engineer at Metropolis, says more and more new solutions are emerging in the courtyard spaces of residential complexes. Developers increase the uniqueness of their projects using atypical ideas. For example, open summer cinemas are organized in the courtyard area, where in the daytime they broadcast children's content for mothers with babies, and in the evenings they show iconic sporting events for everyone. “The variety of commercial areas (hairdressers, coffee shops, shops) is not easy to surprise today's consumers, but, for example, high-quality playgrounds, towns and play areas can be a powerful argument for young families when choosing an apartment in a particular residential complex,” the expert argues. He says that developers are trying to create the most comfortable and attractive environment for their potential customers. For example, due to the popularization of bicycle transport in residential complexes, indoor bicycle parking is increasingly appearing. In addition, developers organize multilevel illumination of facades and courtyard spaces, as well as install such decorative elements as fountains. “Architectural accents are supported by landscape design and vertical landscaping. All this, of course, entails a connection with design decisions - the supply of electricity for backlights and cinemas, water supply and sanitation for irrigation systems or fountains, and heating coverage systems for playgrounds. From the point of view of design work, as a rule, these are not the most standard solutions that are only being developed in Russia and do not have widespread application practice”, - notes Mr. Kurbanov.
Mikhail Gushchin, marketing director of the RBI group, notes: the courtyards of large-scale comfort class residential complexes and luxury chamber houses in the central part of the city are two different categories. “For me, the ideal comfort class courtyard is something like New Holland, just right next to the house. For large complexes, developers strive to create a full-fledged space where residents can spend time without leaving the yard: to play sports, relax, play with children, have a cup of coffee or have a business meeting. Complex courtyards are designed by the best landscape architects and designers. And, of course, the cost of such decisions is appropriate. So, bringing a playground from Germany is no longer a trivial task, and since this is an individual solution, the price is appropriate. But, of course, quality yards have a positive effect on sales”, -Mr. Gushchin emphasizes.
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