new gold dream, St. Petersburg
Orange Architects and KCAP Architects&Planners, with their plan ‘New Gold Dream’, won 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 development 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.
With the urban plan, the 15-hectare site will become a new part of the city, containing a diverse mix of urban functions that facilitate and connect the surrounding areas. In addition, the project will become the new face of St. Petersburg when entering the city from the water.
For all who approach the city from the water, the project will become a beautiful antechamber to the majestic historical centre of St. Petersburg
The design concept by KCAP + 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 reference the historical structure of St. Petersburg. Towers form the layer above the urban blocks. They allow for spectacular panoramic views of the sea and the city centre. Topped with gold-coloured spires, in the tradition of St. Petersburg architecture, a unique landmark silhouette of Vasilyevskiy Island evolves and creates an expressive, recognizable and iconic image.
The international design competition was organized by Glorax Development and the municipality of St. Petersburg. It started with 12 teams in the first phase and continued with six in the second round, of which three national and three international teams. Besides KCAP + ORANGE, A-Len from St. Petersburg was also awarded a first prize. Both teams have been working on the further elaboration of the project since 2016.
The gold-coloured spires form a special roofscape which references St.Petersburg’s monumental centre
'Glänzende Golden City?', Barbara Engel, pp 46-53
Nr. 6, June 2020
'KCAP+Orange win first prize Vasilievsky Island competition in St. Petersburg.', p 26, May-June 2016