golden city block 6, St. Petersburg
The Block 6 project is the result of the winning competition entry for Vasilyevskiy Island 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 center 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.
This classic urban setup offers shelter and protection to the lower levels and generates a variety of public spaces
The covered porticoes and promenades offer protected and comfortable walks through the site from one courtyard to another. 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 the urban blocks below. The towers allow unique panoramas towards the sea and the city from all the apartments.
The western block facades are defined by an informal framework in white composite, filled in with deep-positioned Champagne colored aluminum 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.
The facades of the eastern block are defined by a vertical framework of pronounced ribs in white Aluminum form panels, filled in with bronze colored aluminum window frames and facade panels. The vertical elements give the facade a rich three-dimensional appearance, Glazed winter gardens are combined with fences, creating French balconies and subtly hiding the ventilation for the airco-unit, that is placed in a basket on the loggia.
The plinths are designed differently. They have a bigger floor height, to open up better to the surroundings. Various public functions can be housed here. The golden color of the spires reverberates in the colonnades, the shop windows and the carefully designed entrances to the housing complexes. Natural blue stone cladding supplements the golden facade elements in the plinth on all close parts, both in the exterior facades, and in the courtyards.
The spires are the jewels of the plan. They spring up from the facades below through the refined transition from square to triangular framework. The spires are always finished in a golden color. They grow like enchanting Fabergé-like patterns to give the blocks their expressive, recognizable, and iconic character.
The spires are the jewels of the plan, they spring up from the facades below!