Iconic avant-garde building renovation
Saint-Petersburg, Pionerskaya street. 2021
The project proposes new use for the power station building designed by Erich Mendelsohn. We place the functional content in accordance with the building's tripartite structure, fitting uses to spaces in the most natural way possible. Spacious lots for long-term rent are placed in the fore of the building. The main boiler hall houses both large undivided work spaces and smaller separate rooms for short-term rent. The latter are stacked together vertically to form seven glass towers near one side of the hall. The towers stand clear of the great vertical windows in order not to obstruct the daylight pouring from them. Steel galleries that connect all the floors are placed between the towers and the wall. The turbine hall in the aft of the building is occupied by an event zone - a multi-purpose space that can work as a club, a restaurant or a concert venue.
We pay great attention to revealing the longitudinal axis of the building as well as emphasising spatial connectivity between functional blocks by means of the great axial enfilade.