The Island Palace
CLIENT: Ruric AB, St. Petersburg
PROGRAMME: masterplan for the island in St. Petersburg
PROPOSAL: Give St. Petersburg a new entertainment, cultural and commercial centre for its citizens
TEAM: Erick van Egeraat, KUDA! (Inaki Arbelaiz)
The site of the New Holland Island, located at the west-side of the historic city centre, was originally built as a shipyard in the time of Peter the Great. Canals enclose the island and connect to a central water basin that creates an inner harbour surrounded by historic buildings. The oldest and most interesting historic structures are the brick buildings created for drying timber, the central water basin and a remarkable circular building, which formerly housed a prison. These elements are to be maintained and revitalised with a new, diversified program.