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Zaha Hadid Architects wins Black Sea hotel resort contest

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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won an international competition to regenerate a 13.9ha swathe of the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk

The AJ100 practice was chosen ahead of rival international and local firms to win the contest to remasterplan the city’s Admiral Serebryakov Embankment overlooking Tsemes Bay.

ZHA’s winning masterplan will transform the disused waterfront site into a new 300,000m² tourism and recreational hub, featuring new public spaces along with nine buildings positioned to maintain existing sea views.

The phased project, planned to start on site next year, will see up to £84 million invested in its first stage, featuring around 1,150 new hotel rooms on 5ha of the site.

In a statement, ZHA said the masterplan was ‘interwoven with Novorossiysk’s urban fabric in a porous configuration that reconnects the city with its coast, inviting residents and visitors to traverse the site via public plazas, gardens and parks.’

The statement continued: ‘By restricting vehicular access, the design creates opportunities for outdoor leisure, sports and recreation in the city’s coastal subtropical climate throughout much of the year.

‘The masterplan unites its recreational, cultural, corporate and ecological functions within a coherent composition that reinstates the city’s embankment promenade as important civic space reflecting Novorossiysk’s maritime heritage.

‘A new fishing port, marina and piers are integral to the masterplan, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy the seashore on which the city was founded.’

Located on the Black Sea coast, Novorossiysk is a major road, rail and port hub connecting Russia with the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean and Suez Canal.

The city is about 110km south-east of the new £2.65 billion Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Russia with Crimea.

The appointment comes two years after ZHA won an earlier contest for a new ‘technopark’ near Moscow for Russia’s largest bank.

Second place in the Admiral Serebryakov Embankment contest went to Spain’s Miralles Tagliabue with Progress of Russia while third place was awarded to France’s Rudy Riccotti with ProjectService of Russia and JNC from Belgium.

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