Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia
study 2005
 
client: ECM Russia
 
This project is located in the historical center of St. Petersburg, Russia, in the immediate neighborhood of the Hermitage Museum. A very long and narrow piece of land combines two streets of completely different character - a traditional city boulevard with a romantic riverbank of the Mojka river.
The entrance area and the main traffic junction are the middle between these two streets and are accessible through gateways in the original houses, which would become part of the hotel after the reconstruction. This concept creates a cozy entrance courtyard with trees, benches, a coffeehouse...The new facades, combining translucent and transparent glass surfaces, contrast with the traditional classicist forms of the original buildings.