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Alexandra Merkulova


Alexandra Merkulova Personal Data Name Date and place of birth

Alexandra Merkulova 19 march 1985, Krasnoyarsk, USSR

Current address Telephon number E-mail address

Edisonstraat 23 bis, 3553 BK Utrecht, the Netherlands +31 62 645 03 88

Education 2007 – 2009

KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), School of Architecture, Stockholm Master of Architecture, June 2009

2002 – 2009

Moscow Institute of Architecture, Department of residential and public buildings, Moscow Specialist, Architect, residential and public buildings, June 2009 Bachelor, architect, residential and public buildings, July 2007

Relevant Work Experience 2010 – 2013

KCAP Architects&Planners, Rotterdam, the Netherlands Designer urban planning and architecture (big scale urban planning, residential areas, mixed-use districts, waterfronts, residential buildings, tendering, multicultural context)

2009 – 2010

UArchitects, Eindhoven, the Netherlands Architect trainee (schools, private houses, urban design, public buildings, Dutch context)


Krasnoyarsk Architectural Fond, Krasnoyarsk, Russia Architect intern (residential buildings, hotel, public buildings, Russian context)


StroyIng, Moscow, Russia Interior designer (shops and shopping malls, Russian context)

Forums, Exhibitions, Workshops and Study Trips 2012

XIII Krasnoyarsk City Forum, Krasnoyarsk, Russia Krasnoyarsk Foresight - Designing future together, Krasnoyarsk, Russia Brussel2040 - 3 visions, Brussels, Belgium

architect/urban planner


Moscow Urban Forum, Moscow, Russia


IWAU – International Workshop of Architecture and Urban Planning, Requena, Spain Study tour to Oslo, Norway Study tour to Copenhagen, Denmark Study tour to Bilbao, Leon, Madrid, Spain


International Urban planning Workshop, Moscow, Russia International Constructivism Workshop, Moscow, Russia

Skills and Characteristics Confidence in working on different scales in architecture and urban planning Ability to fulfill multiple tasks Ability of working in complex multidisciplinary team Extensive knowledge of Russian building regulations Assistance in project management Ability in design related and process related problems solving Experience in acquisitional work and tendering Presentation in front of audience Communicative skills

Software knowledge VectorWorks, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, 3D Studio Max, MS Word, Power Point

Languages English Russian Dutch

Excellent on professional level Native speaker Intermediate (Staatsexamens Nederlands als tweede taal-1 diploma)

Interests Travelling Free hand drawing Dancing

I experience the world, learn its extremes and broaden the ground for associative thinking I analyze the qualities of objects, its shapes and relation to the context I get charged with positiveness, release energy and get my thoughts clear

List of Relevant Projects

Sugar Factory, Moscow

KCAP Architects&Planners,22nd December 2011

Urban planning

Jaanila, Saint Petersburg / 2013 - design of a multiple character residential district. 2040Brussel2040Brussel20 Housing with a Mission, Beijing / 2012 - masterplan of an affordable housing district. 2040Brussel2040Brussel2040Brussel2040 Northern Boulevard, Tirana / 2012 - new district with numerous functions and public spaces. Brussel2040 / 2012 - strategic vision for the city and its region development. Sugar Factory, Moscow / 2011 - redevelopment of industrial area into car-free district. AXIS OF GENTLE HEROISM Overvecht, Utrecht / 2011 - redesign of shopping area introducing additional functions. NEO, Brussel / 2010 - redesign of area around stadium with its integration into new plan. KCAP Block 179, Perm / 2010 - transformation of Asylum site into residential area. 100% Block City, Moscow / 2010 - a new residential quarter within A101 urban development. Olympic Village, Munich / 2010 - masterplan for the Olympic village. Embankment City Park, Perm / 2010 - new embankment linking the city to river banks. Residential district, Alphen a/d Rijn / 2010 - new district with various residential typologies. De Maasberg, Overloon / 2009 - extension of the existing juvenile detention institution.


Qingdao Advertisment&Culture Industry Park, Qingdao / 2013 - office building facade design. Housing with a Mission, Beijing / 2012) - design of an office/shopping center. Piraeus Tower, Athens / 2010 - facade design for an iconic building in port of Athens. MFA Hofke, Eindhoven / 2010 - elementary school expansion. Water Sport Club, ‘s-Hertogenbosch / 2010 - lake club building in natural environment. Villa R, Helmond / 2009 - private family villa. Jansen & Vis kantoor/ 2009 - transformation of the farm into an office complex, expansion. Grasrijk, Eindhoven / 2009 - extension of a school introducing day care function. Rentray, Rekken / 2009 - housing for socialization of problematic juveniles.


High-rise development in China, with attention to showcases in seismic areas / 2009.

Architects and Planners

Brussel - Herover de stad!

Grootstedelijke territoriale visie voor een duurzaam Brussel2040

Housing with a Mission Beijing

The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) has initiated a program to develop new concepts for high-quality affordable housing in China and help to build a more sustainable future. Within this project I have worked in a team of five Dutch and five Chinese architects. First, KCAP has developed a masterplan. Public space framework aims at a high intensity, creating an ambient that con­trasts the surrounding built environment with liveliness, vitality and genuinely ur­ban character. Given the site’s strict proportions, it was of para­mount importance to enable a high level of architectural responses, in order to coun­ter the condition. Based on the masterplan framework 10 architects (including KCAP) designed residential buildings with affordable housing and an active plinth. In the process the program demands were changed and masterplan needed some adjustments.

@KCAP, December 2012

Two distinct edges

Intensive urban space

Pedestrian network

All sided development

Public space

Diverse architecture

Housing with a Mission Beijing

I participated in adjustment of an urban scheme that was initially meant mostly for housing and retail. My task was to introduce more retail functions and an office function, that transformed predominantly ‘sleeping’ district into more self sufficient area with programmatic anchors. The interactive scheme remained original: closed and fenced off gated communities at the west and a strip of the public green at the east of the site demand two different urban edges on the site: strong and closed edge to the west and more permeable to the east. Pursuing the idea of a genuine neighbour­hood catalyst, the concept has no back sides. Turned towards all of its sur­ rounding, becoming a recognizable destina­tion. According to a new scheme two urban magnets appeared on a site - at the north and south of the development where buildings changed their function from residential to an office and more retail functions were introduces. It allowed to reinforce the north-south pedestrian circulation scheme and a presence of urban plazas along the route.

Building 10 in the development context

Visual connection between underground floors and public space, improving the quality of the garage and underground retail

Commercial ground floor

Housing with a Mission Beijing

Besides the changes over the ground, underground scheme was also adjusted. The floor of the underground parking was deepen to -2 level and a continuous retail floor with a gallery was located in -1 level. It has influenced the architectural scheme of the Building 10, designed by KCAP. This building was one of three that were transformed from residential into office. On architectural level I redesigned the scheme of the building, turning it into commercial/office center according to a new program demands. This building became one of the anchors in the development, it is adjacent to one of the urban plazas and located on the southern entrance to the plot, therefore it has to have a strong spatial connection to the context. Three floors of the building (-1,0,+1) are occupied by retail function and top three levels are offices. It allowed to keep the initially designed atrium with a dominating staircase, running through all 6 floors. Introduction of an extra underground floor gave a possibility to visually connect the parking garage with the atrium via underground retail. This sight line continues outside of the building limits, bringing the context into the building. The ground floor shopping space is accessible both from the interior and exterior, opening up the southern corner and welcoming visitors.

Northern Boulevard City Tirana

Tirana Northern Boulevard is a structural vision for the area to the north from Tirana city center.


Northern Boulevard Tirana

Cultural axis

Public space


Blue network

Purification parks Secure profile


Our team saw development of the Tirana Northern Boulevard and ‘Tirana river valley’ as a catalyst. The catalyst developed as a complex, diverse and active urban landscape fully integrated within Tirana’s urban fabric. The boulevard connects the formal and informal city and provides networks and public spaces, as well as establishes a new hub for business, leisure and life. The development of the river valley improves the local living conditions, creating a strong identity in addition to the existing city. Tirana Northern Boulevard will be a place where global attractions coexist with emerging new Northern Tirana neighborhoods, combining the best of city living in one district. It is organized as a ‘connected urban mosaic’ with development of various districts within a framework of infrastructure, public spaces, landscape and water. Over the next 25 years, it is expected to deliver 8.000 new homes and 7.000 – 8.000 new jobs along with education, health, and community facilities, making a significant contribution to Tirana’s housing, employment and community needs.

Brussel2040 Brussels

The Brussels Capital Region commissioned a development of a sustainable strategic vision for the metropolitan area Brussels within its regional context for the period until 2040.

@KCAP, February 2012

Brussel2040 Brussels


Land use


The vision I worked on for about half a year in a multidisciplinary and international team (KCAP, ARUP, Systematica, ZUS), proposes compactness as the key to face the actual challenges of demography, internationalization, environment, unemployment and dualisation. The city can be ‘retaken’ by intensifying the land use, linked to the development of a polycentric mobility network and the interconnection of urban public space and open landscape. This integral approach determines the programmatic ingredients of zones to be densified whereas their local identities and potential for economic, social or environmental synergies determine the integration within network of centralities. ­­ Process-oriented planning guarantees quality within a flexible spatial framework and allows a step-by-step approach, political and private alliances and adjustments to unexpected developments over the next thirty years. Within the team I was working on the preliminary land use analysis, development of new centralities, functional zoning, distribution of residential developments and types of areas for densification, green and blue strategies and public spaces.

Sugar Factory Moscow

One of the Moscow industrial areas within the city borders was considered for a redevelopment into residential area. The spirit of the site was the obvi足 ous opportunity for a creation of a truly urban city condition.

@KCAP, December 2011

Kremlin White House WTC

Hotel Ukraina


River Moscow

Moscow City

Unique position

Build - no build


Public space and accessibility

Emergency routes

Optimal sun exposure

Views for everyone



Primary concept - perimeter block

Respect for regulations


Fine-tuning setbacks


Sugar Factory Moscow

The site lies in the vicinity of the landmark city districts and close to the river. It holds a latent potential for joining the city vista by adding one more recognizable development to the collection. Not having much of the heritage buildings on site, it is the tension and a certain level of casual spatial configuration of this industrial setup we tried to maintain and integrate into development. A safe car free & high-end district is created: the street level is shared by local traffic, inhabitants and visitors, thus connecting the natural east side with urban west side. The majority of parking is organized underground on top of which, within the footprints of the buildings, amenities and services can be found. The built mass is organized in such a way that the number of floors declines towards SouthEast and opens the view towards city centre and Moscow River. A concept of terraced roofs results in a new local urban topography. Elevated urban villas with the spectacular gardens create an outdoor space which leaves the hectic of urban live on the streets below and opens towards the peace and calm of the sky.

Piraeus Tower Athens

A tall building at the port of Piraeus is abandoned for more than 30 years. The only tower of the area is “sleeping” in one of the bigger ports of the Mediterranean that presents a dynamic growth at the last decades. The proposal is focused at the reconstruction of the external façade of the building. This new “facade” partially forms the relation between the port - as an important entrance and exit point of the capital, and the urban complex of Athens.

@UArchitects, May 2010

Piraeus Tower Athens
















Looking from the sea to the new Piraeus tower, just like visitors who enter the port by a ship, we wanted to connect the tower with the sea and with the urban surroundings to create a metaphorical relation between sea and Acropolis. In the daytime the dynamic program of the tower will sustain the strong connection with the context and at night the interactive light architecture will reflect the night life of Athens. Public gardens on each floor envelop the building and give it extra liveliness: on the first three floors - around theatre/ cinema, café-restaurant and a hotel lobby with congress rooms. On the upper floors around hotel rooms and office spaces. Here and there the coffee corners and city balconies appear between the existing and the new façade. When the ships approach the harbour of Piraeus, people will be welcomed by a green and sustainable landmark with a diagonal cut through the building with a reference to the Acropolis and to Lycabettus hill.

Villa R Helmond

The wishes of the client for a spatial private house resulted into a split-level building with interactive game of open spaces and private zones.

@UArchitects, February 2010

Villa R Helmond


Ground floor plan

Top floor plan

Sleeping Sleeping Dining Living Working, study

Long section

This house is an interesting thought and behavior experiment because of various crossovers and open connections between different spaces and functions. The house stands at the cross point of two roads. We proposed to lift it up from its surroundings and to mark the different floors levels with steel beams, providing a readable split levels. The various functions of the house can be observed from different angles from outside and inside the house. Each corner of the house has its own peculiar character: sometimes closed and the other time open, friendly and hard-minded, sometimes private and the other time it lights up and shows the inside. The interior is floated with light, and it allows to experience each season in a different way. The one space floats into the other, but never the less, there is a balance between common and private spaces. Following the spiral movement of the volume you find yourself on the top floor observing the neighbourhood through the metaphorical frame of the facade.

Alexandra Мerkulova CV+POFO