mixed use projectSt. Petersburg, Russia
GOLDEN CITY BLOCK 7
REALISING ARCHITECTURAL AMBITION
Block 7 is the second block that is developed by KCAP+Orange within the masterplan for Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg. The first block, Block 6, is already under construction. The design for Block 7 is based on the same principles as the design for Block 6, but the architectural elaboration makes each block unique.
The masterplan, called Golden City, forms the base of the project. The area is bordering the new cruise ship harbor of St. Petersburg. The morphology of the masterplan refers to the structure of St. Petersburg’s centre with solid urban blocks and a diversity of the enclosed urban gardens and courtyards. This classic urban setup offers shelter and protection from the wind coming from the sea and generates a variety of public spaces and different environments.
‘..The architectural elaboration makes each block unique..’
The 6-storey high plinth of Block 7 incorporates two courtyards: an enclosed courtyard and an open one. The ground floor level is programmed with commercial functions, the upper floors contain the housing program. In Block 7, two special typologies are introduced: the volume on the north side of the open courtyard houses small studio apartments, while the volume on the north side of the enclosed courtyard offers space to duplex apartments, with double-height living spaces offering a superb view over the cruise ship harbor. Three towers on top of the perimeter block allow unique panoramas towards the sea and the city, and will be part of the new skyline of St. Petersburg.
The concept of the facade of Block 7 is based on a gradient, in color as well as in window size. By coloring the reveals of the windows either in a golden or in a white color, the golden color from the top part of the building gradually merges with the white color of the lower part, creating a dynamic wave around the facades. This wave is amplified by introducing bigger windows in the upper part of the facade, and more narrow windows in the lower part. The narrow windows refer to the scale of the streetscape while the wider windows offer a more panoramic view on city level.
‘..The golden color from the top part of the building gradually merges with the white color of the lower part, creating a dynamic wave ..’