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Chipperfield and other St Petersburg Island finalists unveil proposals

David Chipperfield Architects proposal for the redevelopment of New Holland Island in St Petersburg, Russia, has been revealed as part of an exhibition of competing ideas for the site

The practice is one of four companies shortlisted to redevelop the 8-hectare city centre plot which was created in 1720 and used as a naval prison until it was abandoned following the Russian Revolution in the early nineteenth century.

Proposals by David Chipperfield Architects and the other finalists MVRDV, Studio 44 and WORKac have gone on public display as part of a consultation in the city.

The 100,000m² mixed-use scheme will include new buildings and the redevelopment of a former barracks.

A 2004 Foster + Partners-designed proposal for the site was abandoned and the current scheme is backed by Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich.

Sarah Ichioka, Architecture Foundation director said: ‘New Holland Island is a site of great historic value and holds an incredible amount of future potential.  In this exhibition we hope that visitors are able to gain an overview of New Holland’s past and potential future and share their wishes for the future development of this part of St. Petersburg.

‘The exhibition seeks to showcase and offer comparisons between the diverse ideas put forward through a variety of media, inviting visitors on a journey through texts, images, films and models. To be able to display these speculative masterplan concepts in close proximity to New Holland itself was key to the curatorial concept, and we were pleased to be able to include a room for reflection that offers views over the Island site, allowing visitors consider its current condition and future possibilities.’

As part of the consultation the island has been opened to the public for the first time in 300 years.

Proposals by OMA, Dixon Jones, Lacaton & Vassal and Russian-architects Yuri Avvakumov and George Solopov – all of which took part in the invited competition but failed to reach the shortlist – will also be on show.

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