by Alexandra Chislavleva, Sergey Ogorodnikov, Xenia Yakimenko
Village extinction is a significant issue in Russia from the beginning of XXI century.
The main factors of outflow of people are closure of schools and hospitals and consequently full termination of social life due to the leaving of young families and working age population.
The definition of ZERNO in Russia means a seed of plant. This project was inspired by dandelion lifecycle, which can fly for kilometres till it drops in the fertile ground.
The ZERNO might be located all around the world, we design it to solve a problem of Russian villages on the example of Haya, where we had growth, but there are a range of other places that are waiting for support.
The ZERNO’s lifecycle includes several phases:
At the first stage “Germination”, the body of ZERNO is transported to the chosen location and installed on the special screw piles that have been prepared in advance. During this stage, the ZERNO will serve as attraction for tourists, and present abandoned location drawing attention to it.
The second phase “Pollination” may take longer time, till the moment when somebody of villagers or newcomers will activate this process. The open ZERNO needs at least 4 people who should turn the wheel to activate mechanical system that will open the ZERNO finally. Each of 4 petals are the part of general community centre, all materials that will be required for construction premises of community centre, can be kept in the empty spaces between load bearing beams of the petals.
"Entry Zerno is a poetic proposal addressing a possible future return to a rural life where wooden elements enable individuals to build their own small-scale houses in a self-sufficient environment."
– Rahel Belatchew
"The proposal shows a solution how abandoned villages in Russia can be re-activated with a prefabricated light compactly packed self-build village structure.
In the light of recent changes in the society due to the pandemic the proposal «Zerno» is relevant in providing us with a poetic vision of how society could return to abandoned rural areas seeking isolation in the form of a rural retreat. " – Minna Riska