London and Moscow based AI Studio has revealed plans for a new Media City in central Saint Petersburg, Russia. The project will include office spaces for media and other creative industries, as well as the public realm, designed in collaboration with Hyland Edgar Driver. The concept aims to fuse contemporary materials and technology with the site's history, and the design features a series of interconnected flying bridges for easy access and movement. The 135,000 square metre mixed-use development will occupy a partly disused industrial site on Vasilievsky Island in the delta of the Neva River. The site is located in an area which includes buildings from the 19th century, examples of Soviet architecture, as well as some modern day developments. The project's signature flying bridges are inspired by the concept of a molecule, with the cores linked with each other on different levels. The new buildings are seven stories high, which allows them to fit the area’s height limitations.
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