KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE architects win the first prize in the urban and architectural competition for the most western tip of Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg. With its important role in the historical outreach of St. Petersburg towards the West, Vasilyevskiy Island will become the most prominent manifestation of the city of St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland.
“.. for everyone who approaches the city from the water our plan becomes a beautiful antechamber of the majestic historical center of St. Petersburg…”
With the urban plan, the 15 ha site will become a new part of the city with a diverse mix of urban functions facilitating and interconnecting the surrounding areas. It will become a new face of St. Petersburg as entrance of the city from the water.
site location on finnish bay
ICONIC COMFORT SCHEME
urban massing model
VIEW FROM THE FINNISH BAY
‘..The coastal location of the site requires pleasant and comfortable living and working conditions enjoyable for staying..’
The design concept of KCAP and ORANGE focuses on enhancing the iconic value of the city of St. Petersburg and on creating an attractive and high-quality environment for living, working and recreation. The peninsula will be enlarged with a park to enjoy the waterfront at the Finnish Bay. Solid blocks and a diversity of enclosed urban courtyards define the urban layout and refer to the historical structure of St. Petersburg. Towers form the layer above the urban blocks. They allow for spectacular panorama views to the sea and the city center. Topped with gold-coloured spires, in the tradition of St. Petersburg’s architecture, a unique landmark silhouette of Vasilyevskiy Island evolves and creates an expressive, recognizable and iconic image.
street with water feature
FACADE STRUCTURE DIAGRAM
winter recreation along the canal
VIEW FROM THE CANAL
The international design competition was organized by Glorax Development and the municipality of St. Petersburg. It started with 12 competitors in the first phase and continued with six in the second round, of which three national and three international teams. Next to KCAP in cooperation with ORANGE Architects also A-Len from St. Petersburg was awarded with the first prize. Both teams will be involved in the further elaboration of the project.
‘… the gold-colored spires form a special roofscape which refers to St.Petersburg’s monumental centre..’
ORANGE team: Michiel Hofman, Patrick Meijers, Jeroen Schipper, Mario Acosta, Guiseppe Bonavita, Olga Chulkova, Peter Enkelaar, Kristina Jasutiene, Joel Langeveld, Martin Loureiro, Rutger Schoenmaker, Aleksandra Skomorochow, Elena Staskute