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Chipperfield misses out on New Holland Island contract

David Chipperfield Architects has lost its bid to design the £225 million New Holland Island project in St Petersburg, Russia

American practice WORKac (proposal pictured) beat a shortlist that also included Dutch firm MVDRV and Russian outfit Studio 44 to win the contract, which is part of a wider redevelopment of the 8 hectare island funded by the Iris Foundation.

David Chipperfield Architects was the only British architect left in the running after Dixon Jones failed to make the cut from the longlist.

The winning practice was announced after a public exhibition of the competing designs was held at the Naval Museum in St Petersburg, opposite the island site.

WORKac principals Amale Andraos and Dan Wood said: ‘Our master plan balances preservation with innovation, respecting St Petersburg’s past while paving the way for its continued artistic development and future.’

Previous story (AJ 12.05.11)

Chipperfield makes final four in St Petersburg contest

RIBA Gold Medallist David Chipperfield has been named among the finalists in the competition to mastermind the £225 million overhaul of New Holland Island, St Petersburg, Russia

However fellow British practice Dixon Jones did not make the shortlist after the nine-strong longlist was whittled down to just four.

Chipperfield will now fight it out against Dutch stars MVDRV, Russian practice Studio 44 and American outfit WORKac to land the scheme, which is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the 8 ha island and is being backed by the Iris Foundation.

Next month an exhibition of competition designs will go on show in St Petersburg at the new Naval Museum, directly opposite the Island site. The competition winner will be announced at the close of the exhibition following a period of public consultation.

Final shortlist:

David Chipperfield Architects (UK/Germany)
MVRDV (Netherlands)
Studio 44 (Russia)
WORKac (USA)


The competition is being organised by the Architecture Foundation for the Iris Foundation founded by Dasha Zhukova. The Iris Foundation is acting as the creative operator of the project.

Previous story (AJ 21.02.11)

Chipperfield and Dixon Jones on stellar St Petersburg shortlist

RIBA Gold Medallist David Chipperfield has been named alongside fellow British practice Dixon Jones on an impressive nine-strong longlist in the running to mastermind the £225 million overhaul of New Holland Island, St Petersburg, Russia

The UK-based companies are competing for the scheme, which is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the 8 ha island and is being backed by the Iris Foundation, against Dutch stars MVRDV and France’s Lacaton & Vassal.

The longlist is completed by Russian trio Yuri Avvakumov, Alexander Brodsky and Studio44 plus US-based outfit WorkAC.

A shortlist will be announced next month (March) and the teams are working on their concept designs and an eventual winner will be named ‘masterplanning consultant’ will be appointed in Spring of 2011.

Full longlist:
Yuri Avvakumov (Russia)
Alexander Brodsky (Russia)
David Chipperfield Architects (UK/Germany)
Dixon Jones (UK)
Lacaton & Vassal (France)
MVRDV (Netherlands)
OMA (Netherlands)
Studio44 (Russia)
WorkAC (USA)

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