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A team composed of KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects has been awarded first place in a competition to design the western-most tip of Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg, Russia. The 15 hectare site will become a new part of the city of St. Petersburg, extending it into the Gulf of Finland through a new variety of urban functions. Thus, the project symbolizes the “new face of St. Petersburg as an entrance of the city from the water.” The overall design concept focuses on enhancing the iconic value of the city and creating a new, high-quality environment for life, work, and recreation. These goals will be met through an enlargement of the peninsula, and larger city plan of a waterfront park, solid blocks, and enclosed urban courtyards to define the city’s layout. Above the urban blocks, towers will form a higher layer “topped with gold-colored spires in the tradition of St. Petersburg’s architecture, a unique landmark silhouette of Vasilievsky Island [that will evolve] and create an expressive, recognizable, and iconic image.” View more View full description
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