Gazprom Neft has confirmed the outcomes of its international architecture contest for developing the company’s Cape Okhta site in St Petersburg. Competition participants included Russian architectural bureaux Sergei Skuratov Architects and KOSMOS, Japan’s Nikken Sekkei, Germany’s ingenhoven architects (in a consortium with ABD architects), the Netherlands’ MVRDV and UNStudio, and Valode & Pistre, France. The competition was won by Japanese architectural bureau Nikken Sekkei.
Nikken Sekkei’s proposal involves creating an innovative world-class complex on the site, comprising two buildings (with an overall height of 28 meters) and a public park, overlooking the Neva embankment. This architectural solution will offer an uninterrupted view of the Smolny Cathedral and its adjacent park, from the right bank of the River Neva. The “Crystal Vessel” project is inspired by St Petersburg’s history as Russia’s maritime capital, and the cradle of the Russian fleet. The solution put forward by Nikken Sekkei at the same time reflects the innovative trajectory of Gazprom Neft’s development — and that of St Petersburg — as a major international technology centre.
For visitors to Cape Okhta the project offers a modern, multifunctional ground-floor public space, with plans for exhibition space, conference rooms, restaurants, cafes, a sports centre, medical centre, and retail offerings. Initial estimates suggest the public space and riverside park will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 visitors every day. A key feature of the Nikken Sekkei concept is the public open-air observation deck to be erected in the overhead walkway connecting the two buildings.
The rest of the complex will be used to create workspaces for Gazprom Neft employees, and will house the company’s Technology Development and International Project Management Centres.
This new architectural concept is designed to ensure the future complex is fully compliant with the highest standards in green construction. The project will have minimal environmental impacts, and will help improve safety, comfort and convenience in both work and day-to-day life within the Okhta district. This will be made possible through the use of passive and proactive energy-saving technologies throughout the entire complex, including using natural daylight, natural ventilation, a multi-layered façade to promote heat-recovery, hybrid floor-heating and cooling systems, a cascade hot-water supply system, and a co-generation and energy control system. The facility is expected to use about 50% less energy than traditional office complexes, as a result.
Gazprom Neft is now continuing work on finalising the architectural concept and clarifying final details on the future complex.
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