mixed use projectSt. Petersburg, Russia
GOLDEN CITY BLOCK 6
REALISING ARCHITECTURAL AMBITION
The Block 6 project is the result of the winning competition entry for Vasilievsky Island; Golden City by KCAP+Orange, in December 2015. Block 6 is located in the most south east corner of the Golden City Project, bordering the new cruise ship harbour.
Block 6 consists of 2 closed perimeter blocks with 4 high rise elements on top. Both blocks are comparable in size, with a GFA of around 25.000 m2 above ground. The perimeter blocks contain 5 floors on top of a commercial plinth; the maximum program height is 18 floors. From the second floor up, the program of both blocks consists of housing. The total amount of apartments is close to 600, more or less equally divided over the two blocks.
The setup of the ground plan refers to the structure of St. Petersburg’s centre with solid urban blocks and diversity of the enclosed urban gardens and courtyards. This classic urban setup offers shelter and protection to the lower levels and generates a variety of public spaces bordered mainly by 6 floors high facades.
‘..The towers allow unique panoramas towards the sea and the city..’
The covered porticoes and promenades offer protected and comfortable walks through the site from one courtyard to another. The coastal location of the site requires pleasant and comfortable living and working conditions; a neighbourhood with green enclosed gardens – on the water but protected from the wind – enjoyable for staying.
The passages to the different courts are designed as cuts in the perimeter blocks, up to 3 storeys, all designed with expressive ceiling elements.
The project setup varies per block, but remains always rational. A 3,3 meter grid forms the base for both urban blocks. Within the grid system a huge variety of housing plans is possible, offering flexibility for different sizes. The system seamlessly fits with the parking situated under the urban blocks.
The towers form the layer above the urban blocks; like an ensemble of vertical buildings, with the highest peak reaching to a height of 100 meters. By lobbies and vertical circulation cores the slender towers connect to their respective urban blocks below. The towers allow unique panoramas towards the sea and the city from all the apartments.
‘..The spires are the jewels of the plan, they spring up from the facades below!..’
The western block facades are defined by an informal framework in white GRC, filled in with deep-positioned Champagne coloured aluminium window frames and facade panels. Glazed winter gardens are naturally integrated in the facade theme, which is further enriched by a random placement of individual French balconies. In the courtyard the facade theme changes from a more irregular to a more regular grid structure, emphasizing the difference between the inside and outside of the block.