Coastline along Blocks 10, 11, 12, and 13, Vasilevskiy Island, St. Petersburg, Russia
Client: LSR Development
Design: started in 2018 (competition winner, 1st prize)
Team of authors: Architects: N.I. Yavein, A.P. Yar-Scriabin, D.A. Andreeva, M.V. Fomina, A.V. Soloviev
The new line park on the coast of the Gulf of Finland has been designed to provide for almost every way one might want to spend their free time. Like an enfilade, a variety of themed playgrounds and smaller parks are strung upon a network of walking and biking trails. There is a space for everything: children’s play, sports, exercise, pet walking, gardening, and quiet relaxation.
The livelier the activity, the larger the space. The more meditative and contemplative activities find a place in the south and north ends of the Park Line, while spaces for active sports games have been arranged in the wider central part. Themed areas alternate with decks surrounded by columns with access to the water.
The layout of the park is aligned with that of the neighbourhood, with public spaces flowing into apartment building courtyards. The park resembles a carpet in front of the red-line façades, its geometric print evoking the regular park landscapes of Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo.
The focal points of the layout system are the three squares: the Cathedral Square with a church in the south, the Sports Square in the north, and the large Fair Square with a pond and a space for festivals and fairs in the centre.
The tall trees and bushes absorb, redirect, and mitigate the wind, creating a comfortable microclimate. Bank-strengthening measures depend on the velocity and direction of the water currents and, thus, determine the location of strand beaches.