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The project of a residential building offered by Eugene Gerasimov Studio to be built on Pobedy Street in Saint Petersburg, combines retro phrases and a modern vision.
The construction site of the new building is
located on Pobedy Street,
the one that originally appeared on the city map in connection with its general
reconstruction program that started back in 1935-37. This street was designed
in the form of a boulevard that meets Moskovsky
Avenue diagonally. After one crosses the Obvodnoy
Channel, the XIX century houses give way to the buildings of Stalin era, and it
looks as though it was this combination of two different eras of architecture that
determined the image of this house located in the immediate vicinity of the avenue.
The three-part structure of the facade seems to be unfolding in time. The
texturized rustication, the chamber stanza of the central entrance, its arched
shape with a lion mask on top of it, and particularly its proportions matched
with a couple of Dorian columns set in pairs – the solution of the ground floor
doubtlessly takes its origin in the architecture of the tenement buildings in
the style of Northern Modern style. Eclectics, however, is flesh and blood of
this style, this is why, in quite a harmonious manner, this basis gives birth
to the main body of the building whose shapes are extremely resonant of the
late Stalin era: the slightly protruding pilasters, the combination of the
almost-square window openings with the openings of the French balconies that
are vertically stretched, and even the facing of Rosetta stone. The similarity
between its color and the color of human skin is, according to Vladimir
Paperny, the researcher of Stalin era architecture, one of the most tell-tale
signs of the fact that the building was treated not unlike a human body back in
those days. Today the buildings are treated differently, of course, which is
illustrated by the top part of the house: the three-storey penthouse with
floor-to-ceiling windows presents a modern interpretation of Stalin
architecture with extremely stretched out semi-circular pilasters, a
round-shaped cornice and the obeli at the corners of the building. The
construction site is of a fairly modest size, this is why the underground
parking garage takes up the whole of it, even setting up a driving rampant
proved impossible here - the cars will go down to the garage by a special
elevator. The small yard with green planting is placed on top of the parking
garage. The entrance lobby corresponds to the high-profile character of the
building in general - it takes up most of the high-ceilinged ground floor and
opens to either side of the building.
View of the basement floor from the Pobedy Street. The building at 5, Pobedy Street. "Eugene Gerasimov and Partners"
Lobby with the reception desk. The building at 5, Pobedy Street. "Eugene Gerasimov and Partners"
Plan of the typical floor. The building at 5, Pobedy Street. "Eugene Gerasimov and Partners"
Sketch of the entrance lobby. The building at 5, Pobedy Street. "Eugene Gerasimov and Partners"