Wilkinson Eyre to build Russian marketplace
Two-time Stirling Prize winners secure rights to St. Petersburg's newest civic project.
In conjunction with Russian developers Glavstroy, Wilkinson Eyre Architects-builders of the UK's Stirling Prize-winning Magna Science Adventure Centre and Gateshead Millenium Bridge-recently won the rights to build St. Petersburg's new Apraksin Dvor civic market district.
"We are delighted to have won this opportunity to work in such a unique and historic city," said Chris Wilkinson, director of Wilkinson Eyre.
A 14 hectare development that will restore the crumbling district of St. Petersburg, the Apraksin Dvor development aims to retain the architectural language of its historic surroundings.
"[We] look forward to collaborating with Glavstroy and local conservation architects to create an exciting new destination for St. Petersburg," said Wilkinson.
Incorporating retail, office and residential space alongside hotels and cultural facilities, the renewed Apraksin quarter will be housed beneath a crystalline tensegrity glazed-glass roof.
The project was designed to provide an open space for social interaction away from St. Petersburg's harsh winters. Spanning the River Fontanka, the footbridge leading to the Apraksin district will be housed beneath a separate cloud-like tensegrity roof.