DA Bureau

The Third Place / DA bureau

Curated by María Francisca González
ADAPTIVE REUSE, CULTURAL CENTER • SANKT-PETERBURG, RUSSIA
Architects : DA bureau
Area : 360 m²
Year : 2020
Photographs : Sergey Melnikov
Lead Architect : Anna Lvovskaia, Boris Lvovskiy, Fedor Goreglyad, Maria Romanova, Julia Gritsuk
City : Sankt-Peterburg
Country : Russia

© Sergey Melnikov

Textual content description supplied by the architects. The THIRD PLACE house is housed in a historic mansion within the centre of St. Petersburg, the place the Lopukhins and Naryshkin lived earlier than the revolution; in the course of the soviet period a railway museum was situated right here; the building has been deserted for the previous 15 years.

© Sergey Melnikov

Now it’s present process a significant reconstruction beneath a venture developed by us. The authenticity of the building will likely be preserved and supplemented with contrasting trendy components. We thought it could be nice to create a short lived pop-up house within the courtyard of the building, thus contributing to folks’s acquaintance with the brand new metropolis cluster.

© Sergey Melnikov

The architecture of the historic facades which can be being restored could be very stunning in its personal proper, and their present situation undoubtedly carries a sure aesthetic high quality. Due to this fact the ambiance reminding that of historical ruins has turn out to be one of many important zests of the courtyard.

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It was oysters that served as protagonists for the launch of the pop-up venture. Due to this fact we conceived an thought to mix the aesthetics of the mansion’s deserted courtyard with an allusion to a rugged northern seashore of Aquitaine, the house of oysters.

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One can see white sand right here, with wood bridging barely raised above it, together with reeds introduced from the Gulf of Finland. This view serves as a background for the brilliant and contrasting artwork objects and meals corners.

© Sergey Melnikov

We coated one of many façades which is at the moment being reconstructed with a reflective foil curtain that creates a shiny and festive ambiance. One can get to the courtyard by ‘plunging’ into an arch in Liteiny Avenue. The bustling and noisy ambiance of the road is straight away modified for a quiet measured temper of the northern seashore.