Golden City Block 7 St. Petersburg [RU]

Block 7 is a part of Golden City, a new urban development on the artificial land of Vasilievsky Island in the Finnish Bay in St. Petersburg.

The morphology of the development refers to the structure of St. Petersburg’s centre with solid urban blocks and diversity of the enclosed urban gardens and courtyards. This classic urban setup offers shelter and protection from the wind coming from the sea and generates a variety of public spaces and different environments.

Block 7 consists of one 6-storey perimeter block with three 17-storey towers on top and includes two courtyards: enclosed and open one. The building has one underground level, on the first floor there is commercial program, 5 residential floors are located above.

Monumental arches are connecting the courtyards with the lively streets. One of the highlights of Block 7 is the open courtyard with the formal fence, facing South.

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 finished in a golden color. They grow like enchanting Fabergé-like patterns to give the blocks their expressive, recognizable, and iconic character.

The open space theme for block 7 is the St. Petersburg tradition, including courtyards and green streetscapes. The “luxury” and slight formality of the open spaces is inspired by the palace gardens.

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Client Glorax Development, Moscow
Program 22.950 m2 housing program (441 apartments), with commercial functions on the ground floor and an underground parking garage
Time 2017 - present
Role KCAP+ORANGE architect, in cooperation with A.LEN, St. Petersburg