109 Sankt-Peterburgskoye Highway, Peterhof, St. Petersburg
Client: St. Petersburg University, Federal Agency for Education
End of construction: 2014–2018
Total area: 16 536 m2
Team of authors: Architects: N. I. Yavein, E. M. Bogomaz, V. I. Parfyonov Constructors: I.N. Lyashko, N.V. Prosvetova, A. Lyashko Field supervision: G.V. Ivanov General Contractor: Setl City Investment Construction Company
Nine similar structures form two groups of buildings set in a chessboard-like arrangement along the axis of the church of St. Olga. As a result, a number of courtyard spaces for socializing and entertainment emerge. This arrangement also allows visual access to the park and the Gulf of Finland.
The buildings taper at ground level, thus forming galleries that link the courtyards and make the halls of residence complex fully penetrable, both physically and visually. The three-storeyed buildings are crowned with translucent structures that provide light for the core space of the buildings: lobbies on the ground floor and group study rooms between the first and second floors. Around the central core, there are four-bedroom blocks for four students each. The 150 residential blocks sleep 600 students.
The tongue and groove plank façades emphasize the eco-friendliness of the project. This kind of finish is perfect for integrating new buildings into a natural landscape and historic small-town neighbourhoods.