Rus News Journal

Scandal architecture

In St.-Petersburg is discussed prospect of a pulling down of the Frunze department store - a monument of Stalin architecture on which place its owner, the Russian importer of fruit JFC intends to construct a business complex under the project of known British architect Normana Fostera. Destiny of a monument found out ANNA - PUSHKARSKY and MARIA - Shevchenko.
the new Petersburg project with participation of lord Fostera (it also is the author of the project of reconstruction of New Holland) has received start in the end of the last year at meeting at Valentina Matvienko`s governor and two weeks ago has been presented at an exhibition of investment projects MIPIM in Kanne. As the initiator of the project the largest Russian importer of fruit JFC, conceived to construct on a place of Frunze department store belonging to it business - the centre acts. Norman Foster has designed it in the form of a complex of the cases hanging over quay of the Bypass channel and united atriumnymi by spaces.

Department store Frunze located on crossing of Moskovsky prospectus and the Bypass channel, has been constructed in 1938 under the project of brothers of Katoninyh and Cyril Iogansona. A protection subject is the facade of a building revetted with a stone, elements of a decor and a spatial composition: the building is constructed as a part of a smart highway of a city. In 1988 the department store has burnt out from within and c that time some times passed from hand to hand. Renewed in it in 2001 trade has been actually stopped in the middle of 2006, and one of these days the department store has been definitively closed.

we will notice that else in the middle of 1990 - h years the project of reconstruction of the site adjoining the Frunze department store, other well-known architect - Swiss Mario Botta developed, however from - for problems with developers business is not has reached realisation of its project. This time it is a question any more of reconstruction, and about a pulling down of a building of the department store included in the list of again revealed objects of protection of a cultural heritage and since 2001 of city committee being under time protection on state use and protection of monuments (KGIOP) which should accept the final decision about value and the further destiny of such monuments. To accelerate this process and to achieve a pulling down of the Frunze department store, the investor should pay carrying out istoriko - cultural examination and to prove that the monument has been recognised that wrongly or has irreplaceable losses.

according to head KGIOPa Very Dementevoj, any official documents about it in its department did not arrive, and experts KGIOPa while consider that interiors of department store do not represent any value, but its facades should be kept. The main architect and the chairman of committee on town-planning and architecture of city administration Alexander Viktorov also has confirmed that the project of Normana Fostera on its consideration did not arrive yet. According to the interrogated experts, the department store pulling down will be doubtless loss for a city. it is the rare example of transition from constructivism to the Stalin neoclassics, it can be compared on quality of architecture to a building of the German embassy constructed in St.-Petersburg in 1911 - 1912 Peterom Berensom - the architectural critic Lyudmila Lihacheva speaks, marking also the ideal town-planning decision allowed to enter the Frunze department store in space between Moskovsky prospectus and the Bypass channel.

nevertheless, under data, work on the project goes at full speed and the probability of a pulling down of the Frunze department store is rather high. Anyway, Association on a pulling down of buildings According to its chairman of board of directors Igor Tupalsky, in January has started to prepare for the order for a pulling down and to buy the special technics. for today examination is already ordered also works on it are carried out in a planned order. We plan to receive this year the building licence. The British company ` Bureau Happold `, and adaptation of the project of Fostera to the Russian norms - Yury Mitjureva`s workshop " is engaged in a design and engineering sections of the project; - Vladimir Bograchev, the general director " has informed yesterday; Business a link development acting as the technical customer of the project. We will notice that it is one of company structures Business a link based in 1990 - e years with the assistance of present vitse - the governor of St.-Petersburg Yury Molchanov supervising in a city all large investment projects. However as have assured in ` Business a link development `, Today Yury Molchanov to the company has no relation .