Customers “ Okhta - the centre “ have received gradsovetyTown-planning council of St.-Petersburg has discussed the project concept socially - business area “ Okhta - the centre “ with 396 - metre office of the company “ Gazprom “ acting as the investor and the customer of the project together with the Petersburg administration. On council have sounded already known pro and contra a skyscraper. Five-hour discussion was listened by ANNA - PUSHKARSKY.
Gradsovet of Petersburg - an advisory body at the main architect of a city into whom enters about forty leading architects and about ten representatives of the city authorities. According to the town-planning code of the Russian Federation, its opinion should be considered by the city authorities at the statement of projects with “ a deviation from limiting parametres of the resolved building “. And considering that Valentina Matvienko`s administration is one of customers gazpromovskogo the project, the position of architectural community in the circumstances has special value.
According to the presented concept, high-rise office “ Gazprom “ should become an architectural dominant “ new Petersburg “ in which the company promises to transform a depressive industrial zone around Okhta. Idea of development of this territory in quality socially - business area, where, in particular, “ Gazprom “ and the city authorities promise to construct a museum of the modern art and theatrically - a concert hall, has not caused objections in the majority of councillors, as well as occurrence possibility in a mouth of Okhta opposite to Smolnogo of a cathedral architectural “ accent “ exceeding the height of building provided by operating regulations (48).
the Basic problem, according to councillors, consists in ambition of the investor insisting on building of a skyscraper, several times exceeding height of the main city dominants. The similar object inevitably will appear an element of a landscape of old Petersburg, whose town-planning ensemble is object of a world cultural heritage. Therefore the basic subject of five-hour discussion round the project of English company RMJM (chosen “ Gazprom “ and degree of influence 400 - a metre skyscraper on a silhouette of historical city centre was the city authorities within the limits of the international competition in the end of the last year).
RMJM proves that “ unique high-rise object “ it will be swept a little up from city centre. However results landshaftno - visual researches to which refers RMJM (in detail wrote about it) have not convinced the reviewer of the project - the senior lecturer Architecturally - Vladimir Linova`s building university. By its estimation, 400 - a metre tower “ will be present in 80 % of territory of the centre, will close a number of open city spaces and will destroy unity of style of their building “ that will result not only to aesthetic, but also to economic losses for a city - first of all its tourist branch. In reply to it architect RMJM Phillip Nikandrov has promised “ to construct a masterpiece “ which will involve tourists the same as Tour d`Eiffel in Paris.
the example of this engineering construction, at the moment of its creation apprehended by the public in bayonets, but as a result of Paris which has become by a symbol which authors of the project actively maintain, is not quite correct, members gradsoveta consider. “ Put glasses on Ejfelevu a tower - and it becomes accident for Paris “ - architect Timothy Sadovsky, after the colleagues who have called into question the promised transparency of a skyscraper taking into account that " has noted; The blue sky in Petersburg happens no more than 15 days in a year “.
councillors consider as Even more serious argument “ absolute nesomasshtabnost a skyscraper to historical building of Petersburg “. “ Petersburg aspires to attraction of investors, and ` Gazprom ` - becoming the first company in the world “ - the representative " has explained ideology of the project; Gazprom “ Nikolay Tanaev. “ Associations of the designed tower with a gas torch direct, obvious and very expressive, but any argument, except ambitions of the customer, we have not heard “ - architect Sergey Bobylev ascertained. And its colleague Oleg Romanov has noticed that “ for the justification 400 - metre height it is necessary not only unique technology, but also artistry elements “ having cited as an example the project well-known tatlinskoj towers of the Third internatsionala which, however, and has not been realised.
From 20 councillors who have acted at session 14 has supported “ limitation of ambitions of the customer “ having suggested it to lower a tower to 100 - 150 m or to find for it other place. In particular, architect Sergey Shmakov suggests to construct a skyscraper on island Kotlin in gulf of Finland, whence “ head ` Gazprom ` Alexey Miller can observe a kind of the Isaakievsky cathedral and on a boat quickly to reach tax inspection or Smolnogo “.
As a result the main architect of a city Alexander Viktorov who should make the personal decision as agreed or to a project deviation, has come to a conclusion that “ the majority of the acting approve creation of high-rise object in the given place “. “ We are compelled to reckon with desires of a city and business to develop “ - the main architect recognised, having promised “ to find a measure of a tactful parity of dimensions of the future dominant with city space “. However, as the architect of the project Phillip Nikandrov has declared, the height of the presented object can be reduced no more than by 10 %, otherwise it should be projected anew.
On a question, whether customers of the project on the big concessions, the vice-president " are ready to go; oil Gazprom “ Alexander Dybal has answered: “ Unlike RMJM, shown computer model of the visual analysis, any professional argument on the basis of the calculations denying an admissibility of the planned height, we have not heard. The criticism was reduced to nothing to the supported emotional statements. We consider that the office constructed in the offered concept ` Gazprom ` will be the unique phenomenon and an ornament of that part of Petersburg where before there were dilapidated Soviet factories “.