27.10.2010

Pavilions in the park, or homely welcome

  • contemporary architecture

This summer the architectural workshop "Studio 44" has completed construction of a new 4 star hotel in Petergof. Designed as a small and comfortable city-block it is perfectly fitted into the natural and cultural surrounding of one of the most popular towns by St.Petersburg.

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The hotel New Petergof is the first (probably the last) investment project of Inteko company in St. Petersburg. Though the locals call this construction Baturinas must admit the developer was rather considerate to surrounding housing in Petergof, than in Moscow. Not least of all they owe it to the commissioned architect - "Studio 44" is known for its delicate approach to the heritage. According to the requirements specification the architects were to design a 150-room hotel. No too many for a high-rise building or number of chests joined by a single stylobate or galleries-passages. But such gigantism is absolutely unsuitable for Peterhof and from the very start the architects realized they needed a unique structure, similar gigantism not fit firmly, and architects from the beginning to understand: they have to come up with a radically different structure, the partial and small-scale. In other words, they had to split a large box into several smaller ones and place each in the quietest places on the territory. But the architects went further, each construction got compound octagonal shape. Cubes with cut corners are more dynamical, and also they seem to be the modern answer to the octagonal side-chapels of the nearby church. From the street all the buildings look like 2storey houses with mansard, notably, the 1 storey is faced with the natural stone and the 2 storey is finished with the wood and the roofs are painted in green which is hiding the houses in the park area. Territory of the complex is also landscaped, in particular, there are numerous landscaped ramps making way inside, telling to an attentive visitor the first floor is the common stylobate for all the houses.
Text by: Nikita Yavein, Anna Martovitskaya

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