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15.11, Architecture

St. Petersburg Launches Competition to Design a New Park Overlooking the Hermitage

Architects and landscape designers from around the world now have the opportunity to make history and contribute to the unique urban landscape of St. Petersburg by designing a new park in the city’s historic center, a UNESCO heritage site.

On November 15, the city launched the international competition for the architectural landscape design concept for Tuchkov Buyan Park. Eight shortlisted projects will receive a remuneration of $60,000.

Located on the banks of the Neva River, the site is close to the city’s most celebrated landmarks: the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Treasury ensemble, the Rostral Columns of Vasilievsky Island, the Admiralty, and the famous St. Petersburg drawbridges.

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St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Rostral Columns as seen from Tuchkov Buyan. Photo by Mikhail Mokrushin.

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The site of Tuchkov Buyan. Photo by Vitaly Karpovich.

Tuchkov Buyan will become a city park with direct access to the Neva River that will unite St. Petersburg’s green spaces with a single, continuous pedestrian route. The architects are tasked with offering new panoramic views of the city’s main landmarks, such as the Hermitage, which is currently not clearly seen from the ground level.

The goal of the competition is to define the vision and landscape architectural concept for the park, ensuring it meets the demands of city residents, visitors, and the expert community.

Russian and international landscape designers and architects are invited to participate. The deadline for application submission is January 15, 2020. The competition was initiated by the government of St. Petersburg, organized by DOM.RF Joint Stock Company, and operated by Strelka KB consultancy firm, in partnership with the European University at St. Petersburg. The competition is endorsed by UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA) and supported by ISOCARP.

The site is located in the Petrogradsky District, next to the Vasilyevsky Island. Photo by Vitaly Karpovich.

“The UIA is proud to endorse this competition that explores the contribution of architecture and landscape architecture to the well-being of the local community,” said UIA Secretary General Serban Tiganas.

The competition brief will be prepared by the technical committee and published in mid-January. The document will take into account the results of expert sessions and analysis conducted based on meetings with city residents.

In early February 2020, the jury will announce a shortlist of eight projects, with each team receiving a remuneration of $60,000 to further develop their proposals. The finalists who take first, second, and third place, respectively, will receive an additional $50,000, $30,000, and $20,000.

“An important nuance of the Tuchkov Buyan competition is in the wide scope of professionals to whom it appeals, including young bureaus from Russia,” said Strelka KB CEO Denis Leontiev. “It is a unique case where not only internationally recognized bureaus, but young participants as well, are permitted to participate in a competition for a site of such importance to the city.”

The competition jury will include fourteen Russian and international experts, including former UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture Francesco Bandarin; landscape architect and urbanist Ken Smith; botanist Patrick Blanc; landscape architect Martin Rein-Cano; a member of the executive council of ISOCARP, Didier Vancutsem; landscape architect and representative of the International Union of Architects, Stefan Rotzler; architect Sergei Tchoban; landscape architect Elena Stieglitz; and the chief architect of St. Petersburg, Vladimir Grigoryev.

Find out more about the competition here and apply by January 15, 2020.

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