2.7.2019

Golden City

The Golden City project is developed based on the winning entry of KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects for the urban and architectural competition for the western most tip of the Vasilievsky Island in St.Petersburg.

With its important role in the historical outreach of St. Petersburg towards the West, Vasiliesvky Island will become the most prominent manifestation of the city of St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland. With the urban plan, the 15ha 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 the entrance to the city from the water.

Block 4 Vasilievsky Island

Block 4 forms the business card of the Golden City project. Although being part of the total ensemble, Block 4 at the same time differs from the other blocks by accommodating mostly business programs and supporting functions. The project is strategically well positioned at the entrance of the new development and ring road and has excellent links to the center of St. Petersburg.

The proposal for this triangular shaped area is to create one coherent and exciting working environment. The ensemble consists of a set of individual shaped solitary buildings in a unique landscaped setting. Together they create an extraordinary setting for a complex functional mix consisting of various types of office buildings, with shared functions in the plinth, commerce, kindergarten and parking buildings.

The landscape around the sculptural buildings is developed as a continuous patchwork of diverse public spaces. Office plazas, lush green seating areas, tree patches and well integrated parking facilities are interconnected with a rich network of paths. The active programmed plinth includes retail, fitness, café, but also services and daycare facilities.

‘… TOGETHER THEY CREATE AN ANIMATED, DYNAMIC AND RICH PUBLIC SPACE…’

The buildings of the office cluster are different in size and abstractly shaped. Their layered façade is made out of several white patterns, wrapping around simple glass volumes. The different patterns create diversity and harmony and at the same time they function as sun shades. The plinth areas are not wrapped, but fully opening up towards the public spaces in order to maximize the activation and interaction between building and public space.

The roofs of the buildings are equipped with solar panels and designed as fantastic sloping roof landscapes, which allows special outdoor spaces with great views to the city and the sea at the same time.

The result is a natural and dynamic office landscape giving warm comfort for this unique working environment. Together with the white and gold colors on the facades it refers to the quality of the other quarters, embracing the identity of the Golden City project.

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