Ligovsky City St. Petersburg, Former Russian Railway Yard, Contemporary Residential Buildings Images

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg

16 July 2020

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg Buildings

Architects: KCAP Architects&Planners and ORANGE Architects with A.Len Architectural Bureau

Location: Ligovsky Prospekt, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg, Russia landscape design

KCAP + Orange Architects design Ligovsky City St. Petersburg

Rotterdam, July 16th, 2020 – Dutch architectural firms KCAP and Orange Architects are working in a consortium with A.Len Architectural Bureau in St. Petersburg, Russia, to transform a former railway yard on Ligovsky Prospekt into a new residential district with communal facilities, retail and extensive greenery.

Linear parks and landscaped boulevards that follow the historical railway tracks are at the origin of the new urban framework and will offer the backdrop for a high quality living environment, where the buildings are characterized by industrial aesthetics.

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg, Russia landscape design

KCAP+ORANGE Architects in consortium with A.Len Architectural Bureau prepared a proposal for the territory planning of the former Tovarno-Vitebskaya railway yard in the south-eastern part of the grey belt of St. Petersburg. This project is a continuation of the Glorax Development’s Ligovsky City neighborhood development project, where the first residential complex is already in operation while the second one is nearing completion. The area under consideration, 30 hectares, is well connected to city. In the North, in close proximity to the site, is planned to build a metro station “Borovaya”.

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg, Russia landscape design

The global goal of the project is to create a new attractive residential district of St. Petersburg, designed for 8600 people, with its own commercial and social infrastructure. The plans include restaurants, cafes, leisure facilities, street retail, service companies, sports facilities, four kindergartens, one primary and one secondary school, underground and surface parking lots.
The Chairman of the City Planning Council, V. Grigoriev, defined the project as a positive example of resuming international design in the city: “The participation of renowned architects from all over the world has always contributed to the development of St. Petersburg.”

The carefully planned intervention is an adaptive re-use that promotes new urban life, based on a mix of historical and modern structures and on the contrast between large and small scale solutions. The industrial morphology of the area, with the rails and loading platforms, creates a beautiful and well organized pattern that becomes the basis of the design idea.

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg, Russia landscape design

The architects want to re-use the spatial organisation of the site, placing buildings varying between 6 and 15 floors height on the pre-existing platforms. For the typical Ligovsky building, bigger and smaller volumes are stacked with contrasting industrial facades recalling the heritage of the site. The base volumes located along the main boulevards provide a special plinth with a height of one or two floors, which will create an interface between buildings and streets or parks.

“We want to create an active and landscaped environment where you can feel the history of the railway and live with the people around you. An area that simultaneously is smoothly connected to the city of St. Petersburg.” states Patrick Meijers, partner at Orange Architects.

St. Petersburg landscape design

The rail tracks are interpreted as linear parks, enriched by witnesses of the past. The architects made a precise inventory of what could be reused and integrated in the public space: small buildings, blue cranes, tracks, poles, to give historical depth and atmosphere to the new neighbourhood. The long green corridors in the building fabric of Ligovsky City, running along the North-South direction, offer many opportunities for spending quality time outdoors, for everyone, from walkways to quiet corners, from running tracks to yoga fields.

For the various zones of the project there will be specific places. While the public parks are developed along the main railway tracks there are also more intimate walkways and the courtyards between the buildings. This creates a network of smaller and more private open spaces for the residents and the users of the communal facilities.

“For us, Ligovsky City means living in a quality green environment. When you look out of the window you look onto green. When you step out of the door, you step into a park”, explains Ruurd Gietema, partner at KCAP.

St. Petersburg buildings in Former Russian Railway Yard

In the north of the site, the buildings are combined into an urban ensemble, the “Crown”, which creates a strong and recognizable entrance, opposite the new to build metro station “Borovaya”. With various commercial and leisure facilities, the area will be the new urban center for Ligovsky and the point of attraction for St. Petersburg. To the South, the section narrows and the buildings grow upwards, where three towers create a strong building edge, called “Trio”.

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg, Russia landscape

Ligovsky City is a project where the proposed industrial character of the urban solution and the architecture preserves the memory of a place and emphasizes its unique character and at the same time creates a modern, dynamic, and high quality green residential area.

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg, Russia layout

Ligovsky City St. Petersburg – Building Information

Project partners
KCAP in collaboration with Orange Architects
Client: Glorax Development
Co-Architect: A.Len Architectural Bureau

Visuals: © KCAP/Orange/A.Len

Orange Architects

Orange Architects is a multidisciplinary and internationally operating design firm for architecture, urban design, interiors and outdoor space, headed by Patrick Meijers and Jeroen Schipper. Orange Architects formulates attractive, conceptually advanced and smart answers to complex spatial challenges. What distinguishes us is our rational attitude which we combine with a sensitivity to context, to local culture, to the client’s wishes, and to the future users of our projects.

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