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New Holland island competition
lieu / location: Saint-Petersbourg, Russie
année / year: 2011
catégorie / type: etudes urbaines/urban planning
état / status: competition, unbuilt / concours, non réalisé
surface / size: 113 223 m2
client: Iris Foundation
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New Holland Island becomes a public cultural market and an open island. Light, transparent and fragmented constructions fill the central space to create an intense, dense and busy heart, creating an open system – fluid, efficient and evolutionary.

The architecture is radically contemporary: light, responsive, fast-built, flexible, cost-effective, reversible. There is no compromise with history and a clear dialogue beween the existing architecture and the new.

Large, transparent and floating envelopes bring light to lower levels that encompass an art center and indoor gardens, and provide a comfortable and natural indoor climate.

The new contemporary art center occupies a large hall along Admiralteysky, at the entrance to the site. The existing buildings will be carefully renovated to respect their original historic character.

For car parking of 600 places we propose a deep cylinder, instead of a large horizontal basement, for minimum soil impact. We will use prefabricated constructive systems to make the maximum use of space for the minimum of costs.