This is the first urban comprehensive development plan in the Far East as part approved within the implementation of the President’s Order
The jury panel has selected the winner of the All-Russian contest for the development of a draft project of a social and cultural center in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky held with financial support of DOM.RF. The winner is the consortium headed by the Wowhaus Architecture Bureau from Moscow.
The consortium suggests to consider the social and cultural center, first of all, as an event venue that provides the local residents with educational, learning and leisure opportunities, offering adults, teenagers and children the new ways of spending their spare time.
Another proposal of the consortium is to build a city’s reception chamber in order to increase the flow of local residents and guests, to create a place for business meetings and meetings of the government authorities and society.
One more idea is to create an experience center with an information desk for tourists and locals, where the sightseeing attractions of the region will be displayed.
“DOM.RF actively participates in the development of the territories in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, supporting and developing the Far Eastern Initiatives of the President. We have decided to meet the demand of the local residents for the new attraction place in the city after successfully drafted documentation for the spatial development of a historical center, a square, an observation deck and design concept of the Severny Microdistrict. The social and cultural center will become the starting point for the implementation of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s master plan,” Director for Development of the Urban Environment of DOM.RF Anton Finogenov said.
The final stage of the competitive selection was attended by experts, representatives of shortlisted consortia, contest organizers and members of the jury panel from all over the country: Chief Architect of Moscow, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow Sergey Kuznetsov, First Vice President of Gazprombank Pavel Brusser, Chairman of the Fourth Legislative Assembly of Kamchatka Krai Irina Untilova, Deputy Chairman of the Kamchatka Krai Government Yulia Morozova.
“The goal of the contest was to reconsider the city’s central square: to create the urban public space where people can get together and exploit their potential, to provide modern conditions for a comfortable recreation of locals and tourists all year round. The architects carried out a series of research, interviews, ran focus groups with local residents, trying to create an image of an unmatched facility corresponding to the spirit of Kamchatka. The jury panel had to face an incredibly difficult choice. The difference between the first and second place was smaller than a point,” Governor Vladimir Solodov commented on the results of the competition. He paid much attention while working through the concepts with the finalist teams during individual meetings.
The construction of a multifunctional cultural and leisure center in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is included in the master plan of the city developed by DOM.RF approved by the Russian Government in February of 2023. The area to be developed will be 5.34 ha.
This is the first urban comprehensive development plan in the Far East approved within the implementation of the Presidential Order to conduct large-scale renovation of the regional capitals of the Far Eastern Federal District. Major activities on the cities’ redevelopment are scheduled until 2030.
The All-Russian contest for the development of an architectural concept of a social and cultural center was organized by the Autonomous NPO “Competence Center for the Kamchatka Krai Urban Environment Development” supported by DOM.RF, the Government of Kamchatka Krai, the Administration of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky City District, and Bamtonnelstroy-Most Group of Companies. The operator was the CENTER LAB International Urban Laboratory.
WOWHAUS consortium members: horovod.space (Moscow, Russia), Sheredega Consulting (Moscow, Russia, VERSUS finance (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Kultura Sveta (Moscow, Russia).