Foster and Partners has unveiled yet another high-profile city-centre scheme for Russia at this year's international property fair in MIPIM - this time a new riverside 'destination' in St Petersburg.
As the event in Cannes begins to wind down, Foster has released images of a mixed-use retail, commercial and housing development on the 'strategically' important Moskovsky Prospekt route into the city from the airport.
The so-called JFC project is Foster's second major project in St Petersburg and follows hot on the heels of his award-winning New Holland masterplan, which was also showcased at MIPIM (AJ 15.03.07).
According to the practice, the four-building scheme will 'echo the scale and colours of St Petersburg's Neo-Classical buildings' and will help bridge the divide between the industrial zone to the south and the historic city to the north.
The ground-floor level will be 'animated' with shops and cafés organised around large sheltered plazas.
The practice claims the scheme has been 'future-proofed' and can be adapted 'efficiently and sustainably' as St Petersburg's regeneration continues.by Richard Waite