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