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Late in September, the construction of Saint Petersburg Plaza business center was completed in Saint Petersburg. This building that has already won several prestigious industry awards became one of the landmark projects of 2011.


  • Architect:

    Evgeny Gerasimov

    Evgeny Gerasimov

    Sergei Tchoban

    Sergei Tchoban
  • Firm:
    Evgeniy Gerasimov & partners ;   SPEECH
  • Object:
    "St. Petersburg Plaza" business complex
  • Address:
    Russia. St. Petersburg Krasnogvardeisky administrative district, Maloohtinsky pr., 64, lit.A
  • Design Team:
    Authors of the project: Gerasimov Evgeny, Tchoban Sergey; Architects: "Evgeny Gerasimov and partners" (St. Petersburg), nps tchoban voss (Berlin): Kaverin Oleg (chief project architect), Paul Olufs (chief project architect), Appolonova Elena, Getmanskaya Aleksandra, Zaitsev Dmitry, Zubova Marina, Markov Igor, Orlov Aleksey, Slavyaninov Andrey, Staroseltseva Olga, Strauss Christian, Shumskaya Galina, Voronkova Maria, Heimermann Christoph; Constructors: Reznichenko Margarita (chief constructor), Iljina Julia, Egorova Elena, Panteleeva Elena, Mustafina Tatyana, Antonov Vladislav, Ivanova Kira, Lebedeva Tatyana, Kultyshev Pavel, Grigorjev Dmitry, Jakovleva Elena; Entrance foyer interior of "St. Petersburg" Bank building: nps tchoban voss (Berlin). Kashirina Valery (chief project architect), Grishkat Silvia, Makarov Igor; Office interiors: SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov (Moscow). Kazul Vyacheslav (chied project architect), Sennikova Ekaterina, Dionisjeva Maria
The business center consists of two elongated rectangular 9-storey buildings and a 22-storey tower. While among its immediate neighbors there are both industrial and residential buildings, the future housing of this district, however, will predominantly consist of office buildings, so Saint Petersburg Plaza can be considered Malaya Okhtas (name of the district translators note) cornerstone of the future large mixed-use development. Designing the town-planning centerpiece, the architects took special care to make sure that the Malaya Okhtas bulk and height restrictions were observed. The composition solution of the building was fully determined by its location and its surroundings: here, the avenue branches away from the embankment taking a sharp-angle turn, so the Neva River and the Plaza are separated by a considerable space that includes, among other things, two historical 4-storey buildings. Thus, the architects needed to visually enhance the fact that the office center was located on the second line, and, at the same time, make it reasonably visible from the embankment and Nevas water area. And, while the historical buildings are positioned lengthwise along the river, the new buildings are positioned perpendicular to it. The river-commanding façades of the two buildings that flank the tower are about a third again as high as the old architectural monuments which turns them into a sort of background for the latter. It is mostly because of this that the main facing material was chosen to be glass while stressing the fact that the new building belongs to the modern architecture, it does not force out the buildings of the old years. The central tower is also fully glass-faced; its section is transparent irregular-shaped oval. The front side façade overlooking Neva, has a concave surface, while the rear side of the building is cut at an angle. The tower widens at the top, looming over the area in front of it like a massive nose. The architectural image of the development is generally based on the contrast between the plastic shape of the skyscraper having a completely glass-faced solution, and the more material volumes of the office buildings. The façades of the latter are formed by the stained-glass elements with stone inserts in the floor sections. In fact, on top of the translucent housing, the architects put a massive stone network, its pattern being different on each of the two buildings.
Text by: Sergei Tchoban, Evgeny Gerasimov, Anna Martovitskaya
Translated by Anton Mizonov

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