2024 UDAD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner | The Lagonaki Mountain Eco-Resort | RTDA Architects

The Lagonaki Mountain Eco Resort is situated in a truly unique environment with incredible landscapes, so the development is designed to ensure  the preservation of natural diversity, much attention is paid to the development of hiking eco-tourism and acquaintance with the local culture and ethnicity.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2024

The Lagonaki Mountain Eco-Resort
Urban Planning (Concept)

RTDA Architects

Dina Dridze

Design Team
Anton Petukhov, Ivan Astafurov, Maxim Makarov, Alexey Serov, Roman Gritsay-Bogdanov, Ivan Dubrovin, Polina Balysh, Ksenia Kashina, Ekaterina Vlasenko Anna Khandukyan Irina Yamashkina Ekaterina Markina

The Republic of Adygea, Russia


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The project site is located outside the Western Caucasus World Natural Heritage Site, however, it is adjacent to it, which requires strong сompliance with special requirements to the resort. This neighborhood determines the main priorities of the master plan – its environmental focus, the application of the principles of sustainable tourism, minimization of negative impacts on the environment.

The concept of the Lagonaki All-Season Mountain Eco-Resort provides for the construction of a hotel complex and a cable car station with related public infrastructure and servicing facilities within a compact area located in the mountainous landscape with a difficult terrain characterized by changes in elevation and rocky hills and surrounded by relict trees.

While designing the resort, it was important to solve a challenging task, that is to place all planned functions while preserving the natural framework as much as possible and minimizing the earthworks as well as using  the area’s great potential.

The resort is situated in a truly unique environment with incredible landscapes, so the development layout is designed to ensure the best views, almost 360º panoramas. The development itself that is mostly represented by 5-7-storey buildings is delicately integrated into the existing landscape creating a human-scaled environment with functions meeting the needs of various target groups.

The concept assumes the restriction for using private vehicles within the resort area to minimize the negative environmental impact. Walking is a traffic priority. At the same time, the streets shape a single paved space made on the same level with different types of paving. Service transport routes are designed to minimize the traffic on internal streets.

The resort area has multiple types of public spaces. Since the development concept is based on the ‘respect for nature’ main principle, it provides for the transformation of preserved green areas into public gardens. For example, in the geometric center of the Guest zone, there is a preserved rocky hill covered with coniferous trees, which will become a place of relaxation and contemplation. In addition to a quiet recreation zone, it is planned to place children’s and sports grounds, as well as active recreation zones. In the forest area,  it is planned to accommodate a rope park and hiking trails of different complexity and length.

As the project site is located in the Republic of Adygea, Russia, the general strategy for the massing and layout solutions of hotel buildings respects the typical Adyghe housing, that is a stone bottom (core house), a wooden top (roof) and a canopy gallery around the house. For the manifestation of the identity of the place and culture of the region, it is possible to use typical ornaments in the painting of roof overhangs, as well as in interiors.